Category archive: pregnancy

April 27, 2016

Post-Mortem Sperm Extraction Is A Thing

Are you planning on dying before you can bank some sperm that will enable your baby mama to conceive after you're gone, and you want to know the country and/or state with the most favorable or flexible legal and medical...
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November 17, 2015

Should We All Aspire To Parenthood On Mark Zuckerberg's Terms?

Been feeling this a lot lately. Actually, since the beginning, but especially in a week I didn't post a single thing:Do I post too much? I whisper with friends. You'll tell me, won't you, if I ever cross the line?...
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August 18, 2015

Speaking of Amazon

Oh right, how could I forget to mention in that previous post that Amazon is one of the main sources of revenue for Daddy Types via its affiliate link/kickback program. Also that it's apparently a family-hostile quant-obsessed corporate hellcult? Perhaps...
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July 1, 2015

Luck Be A Lady Tonight

Oh there are so many ways to parse this story about Amber Pangborn, who gave birth to her daughter Marisa alone in the forest. Where she was stranded out of gas. And attacked by placenta-hunting bees, And started a forest...
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May 12, 2015

What To Expect When You're Not Expecting

Dad, Chloe, happy flight attendant, via There's too much to love about the story of the kid born on the Air Canada flight from Calgary to Tokyo to be upset about it for long. Let's start with the...
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April 18, 2015

IDGI: Pre-Natal Wifi?

So far the Language Log folks at UPenn have not found an explanation for why the pregnant lady graphic on this Korean train priority seating plaque has wifi. Though I wouldn't be surprised if Korean signmakers expect every fetus...
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April 10, 2015

DT Friday Freakout: Breast Milk Dot Com Edition

It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout, a roundup of headlines from the worlds of health, science, and parenting, bottled up and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend instead of your entire week: A survey found 10% of the...
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February 10, 2015

I Use Prince/ss In All Of My Decorating: The 'Gender Reveal Room'

we'll do muted blues and silvers. image: probably jack and jill interiors via wsj Alright, this has stymied me for days now. I've just gotta push it out there. Buried in the slideshow captions of the Wall Street Journal's...
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January 12, 2015

We All Have A Little Artist In Us Just Waiting To Emerge

In other unsettling kid-related artwork news, this PSA-like video from the art collaborative DIS was included in EXPO 1, a sprawling, multi-part exhibition about the future, which was at MoMA PS1 in 2013. It was part of ProBio, a...
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December 19, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Pollution Causes Autism, Vacctivism Causes Whooping Cough Edition

As far as Friday Freakouts go, this is it. It's like having a drought and a flood at the same time. Not coincidentally. There is a whooping cough wave crashing on California right now. We're closing in on 10,000 cases...
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December 12, 2014

This Internet Feeds Us A Roll Of Toilet Paper Every Day

It looked like a Clickhole story, as so much news does these days, and so I didn't need to click it. But John Hermann traced the link chain of "This Mom Eats A Roll Of Toilet Paper Every Day" backwards,...
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July 29, 2014

He's Showing

One unfortunate trend begets another. Redditor. druishprincess99's pregnant wife, obviously the brains in this operation, didn't want to take glam maternity photos. So Druish, apparently the looks, hired the photographer and posed himself. There are many more photos in...
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July 11, 2014

Hey, That Girl

Hey girl, Judith Butler encourages us to use camp to expose gender so I am wearing a pink ducky onesie today. ... Hey girl, I think I'm going vegan as soon as I stop breastfeeding. ... Hey girl, I'm really...
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June 6, 2014

DT Friday Freakout

News piles up during the week, news from the worlds of parenting, science, health, politics, education, &c., that's designed to get your attention by freaking you out. Here at Daddy Types, we like to help parents sail through the week...
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May 23, 2014

DT Friday Freakout Bed Stuy Edition

for full-sized image: nydn Rather than hype every science and parenting-related press release when it comes out, Daddy Types saves them up and dumps them on you all at once, so you can freakout for one day and be...
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May 16, 2014

DT Friday Freakout: Frozen Edition

Rather than freak you out every day on s=some publicist's whim and agenda, here at Daddy Types we store up reports from the worlds of science, health, politics and parenting, and dump them on you all at once, to ruin...
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April 28, 2014

On The Internet, Everyone Knows You're Pregnant

On a TMI panel Friday at Theorizing the Web in New York, Princeton assistant professor of sociology Janete Vertesi explained how she hid her pregnancy from Big Data. She banned social media discussion by her relatives and friends; paid...
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April 22, 2014

Is That A Scrotum-Cooling Gelpak In Your Pocket, Oh, It's In Your Underpants?

Some people have invented underpants designed to cool your testicles, which has a pouch to hold a refrigerated gelpak. This is intended to promote increased sperm production, since sperm and testicles are highly sensitive to overheating. This is called ball...
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April 21, 2014

Is That A Baby In Your Fleece Or Are You Just Happy To See Donuts?

I've learned not to ask or congratulate someone on her pregnancy just on visual evidence alone. But I just saw the second guy in two days who I'd swear was wearing a baby, but it turns out he just had...
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April 18, 2014

Coming Out As Pregnant

The NY Times has a brief excerpt of nice butch lesbian A.K. Summers' graphic memoir of coming out as pregnant. I hope it includes some thoughtful and entertaining lessons about how having a kid changes how we see ourselves...
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April 9, 2014

Never A Dull Moment In Berkeley

photo: aya brackett for remodelista "The cast iron enameled corner sink is original." "The gilded body cast on the wall is of Ayelet during one of her pregnancies." [remodelista via @hawthorneLAT]...
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February 25, 2014

Where Do 'Designer Babies' Come From?

So there are FDA hearings on an experimental gene splicing technique that involves replacing defective mitochondria in a woman's egg with healthy mitochondria from another woman, either before or after fertilization. And the fear surrounding this process is, as it...
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December 29, 2013

Peanuts Better, Says JAMA

I stumbled across this amazing study this morning--literally, since I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night, and it was in USA Today: ladies, just eat more peanuts during pregnancy, and our country's long peanut-free nightmare might be over.pregnant women...
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November 11, 2013

Mother Nature

WOW, I was told not to read Ariel Levy's account of her reporting trip to Mongolia while she was 19 weeks pregnant if I wanted to get anything done today, and I didn't listen, and I read it, and now...
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October 24, 2013

Must Not Make Magic Wand Jokes

I love that Canadian new dad Anthony Stuart is getting so much tumblr love for his Magic Show. I'm sure pregnancy and childbirth was effortless, instantaneous magic for his lovely assistant, too. The Magic Show [ via cbc]...
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October 17, 2013

Portrait Of The [Pregnant] Artist By Jennifer Rubell

Frieze Week is always good for a blog post or two. So mazeltov this year to noted Miami food- and gala-artist Jennifer Rubell, whose Portrait of the Artist, a monumental fiberglass-on-steel sculpture of her eight-months-pregnant self, complete with enterable...
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October 4, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pressured Parent Edition

A selection of anxiety-inducing news stories, collected, and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend (instead of your entire week)? It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Is your kid not advanced enough for his age? Are you already fearing...
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October 1, 2013

Ford Models, Or Brooklyn Blastocysts On Ice

My online friend and hero writer Paul Ford has a great essay in Elle Magazine [really] about his and his wife's experience with fertility treatments and what to do with the extra embryos. In addition to being a great read,...
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September 20, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Future Edition

There's less science and safety this week, but that shouldn't keep this exclusive amalgamation of headlines from ruining your weekend. It's the DT Friday Freakout: A bunch of NYC independent schools--but not all!--are saying they'll drop the E.R.B. as part...
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August 19, 2013

DT Monday Pullout

If you're on this site, you may already know that the pull-out method is a highly ineffective approach to contraception. In case you hadn't heard, though, science has proved it once again. 'Pull-out method' tied to unintended pregnancies [reuters]...
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August 10, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pregnant Economist Edition

In this special Saturday night edition of the DT Friday Freakout, our heroine, the pregnant economist, actually looks at the data underlying all those hardline proscriptions pregnant ladies get--about alcohol, coffee, sushi, deli meat, weight gain, &c.--and finds that people...
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June 28, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Breast Friends Forever Edition

A special collection of news stories from the worlds of parenting, health and science to ruin your weekend all at once: it's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Breastfeeding gets your kid more friends and improves his social mobility for no...
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June 21, 2013

DT Friday Freakout

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a carefully curated collection fo headlines from the worlds of science, health, parenting, etc., designed to freak you out all at once, instead of a little bit every day: "How Long Can You Wait...
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June 6, 2013

Finland Still Giving Out Free, Swag-Filled Cardboard Bassinets

They were giving them out in 1938. they were giving them out in 1949. They were giving them out in 2008. And yes, the BBC's WTFScandinavianParenting correspondent reports this week that Finland is giving out cardboard bassinets stuffed with...
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May 15, 2013

Hold The Fetal Mint

A sign at some Dupont Circle salad restaurant today:...
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May 3, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Edition Of The Rat

It's been that kind of a week, the kind where you wish you could avoid all the freakout-inducing headlines from the worlds of parenting, science, and safety. Where you wish you could just bundle them all up into one, so...
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April 2, 2013

Fukushima Babies Are A West Coast Thing

A study has found that kids in western US states born in the first four months of after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown were up to 28% more likely to have congenital hypothyroidism. The condition, which can be treated with...
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March 1, 2013

Personalized Dutch Belly Bands

From a purely practical standpoint, a belly band can keep a pregnant tummy warm--and can close the growing gap between too-short shirt and lowriding pants. I wish the guy who kept getting into the overhead bin right above me...
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February 5, 2013

Diary Of A Pregnant Woman, By Agnes Varda

Agnes Varda is one of my film heroes; her 1999 documentary, The Gleaners And I, was what finally pushed me to start making movies myself back in 2000. Now, amazingly, the Prague-based documentary streaming/subscription site Doc Alliance Films is hosting...
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February 1, 2013

This Russian Life

From WBEZ Chicago, this is Ira Glasnost. The public radio station's new ad campaign is encouraging listeners to make babies who will grow up listening to public radio and who will thus support their fundraising campaigns starting in 2032. In...
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December 16, 2012

'With A Gun In My Face'

Tech designer, entrepreneur, and dad Ryan Freitas' firsthand experience with gun violence feels really powerful. It's direct, reasonable, and, hopefully, persuasive for those who might feel that there is nothing to do or nothing to be done about gun regulation...
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December 7, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: L'Edition Sperme

We missed a couple of weeks, but here are a handful of headlines from the worlds of health, safety, and parenting, bundled up to freak you out all at once, on your own schedule. It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout:...
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December 3, 2012

I'd Like To Welcome DT's Newest Guest Blogger, The Duke Of Cambridge

But I can't. HRH said he'd already lined up another gig. You win this round, Dadcentric! I might make a @dadcentric announcement soon. Got some "new" guys coming on board. About to get Dream Team up in here.— Jason Avant...
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October 5, 2012

Parenting Is Hard, Let's Go DNA Shopping!

Scientific American has a post warning about the potentially disastrous unforeseen consequences for humanity posed by pre-natal genetic testing and the increase in abortions and "abuse" that will "inevitably" follow:The 1% prevalence of schizophrenia makes it an apt target for...
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August 8, 2012

Tenshi No Tchotchke: 3-D Printed Resin Fetus Desk Ornaments Now Available In Tokyo

The Japanese medical imaging and modeling company Fasotec, based in Chiba, has partnered with a women's health clinic in Ebisu called Hiro-o Ladies, which, honestly, sounds like the Japanese version of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but let's come...
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July 16, 2012


Another piece of good news today - @zackbogue and I are expecting a new baby boy!— marissamayer (@marissamayer) July 17, 2012 When I heard on NPR this afternoon that Marissa Meyer was the next CEO of Yahoo, I was like,...
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June 24, 2012

DT Sunday Sippathon: Drinking For Two Edition

This weekend's Friday Freakout has been replaced, belatedly, by the Sunday Sippathon, wherein everyone nurses a drink while reading the results of a CDC-funded study which shows that moms' light to moderate drinking during pregnancy didn't have any discernible effect...
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April 27, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Class Edition

The Friday Freakout, a compendium of parenting headlines delivered all at once instead of dribbled out daily, to ruin just your weekend, a Daddy Types exclusive: During the Obama administration, the food and beverage industry has doubled the amount of...
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April 26, 2012

Area Man Says That Gender Reveal Cake Is A Freakin' Uterus, Dude

Look, I'm outnumbered 20:1 by the Duggars alone, so I know DT's not gonna put a stop to the reality TV-style, socio-emotional construct of the gender reveal party, at least overnight. But if just one more expectant parent thinks of...
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April 12, 2012

Oxfordist Hearts Designer Babies

Oxford human advancement ethicist Julian Savulescu apparently believes that we should be optimizing the genes of the kids we make. He says so in this Philosophy Bites podcast, which I confess, I haven't listened to yet, but which I believe...
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