This is heart-breaking. Dio Loren Hutto Coglianese, daughter of St. Louis music mainstays Jason Hutto and Nicole Coglianese, was born on May 31 with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as "brittle bone disease." Diagnosed with the most severe type of the disorder, the baby broke most of the bones ... More >>
Hey, buddy. How are you? Havin' a bad day? Well, if so, you may want to mosey on down the internet trail and skip this post. Because this is the worst story we've heard in a really, really, really long time. Here's what happened to a young St. Louis couple and their unborn baby, according to a law ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, September 9. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.
It's known locally as the "Baby Factory" for the number of women who choose to have their children there. Yesterday morning Mercy Hospital St. Louis (known until last year as St. John's Mercy Medical) was also ground zero for a rally intended to raise awareness about modern-day delivery practices. S ... More >>
It takes a lot to make Gut Check lose our lunch. We've had to report some rather icky things in the past, from spicy rolls garnished with semen to, ahem, tainted asparagus. We even ate brains, just to prove we ain't scared. And sure, our weekly meeting was entirely consumed by a conversation about ... More >>
Pregnancy: Not as easy as it seems.No doubt about it, pregnancy is a bitch. The nausea. The stress. The hormones. It' also tough on the mothers we're told. But, it's the fathers-to-be who most often suffer silently, according to new research out from University of Missouri. "Too often, men are tr ... More >>
The Missouri Medical Association is trying to stop midwives -- again.Four years ago, the Missouri Legislature decriminalized midwifery -- making it legal for a woman who's certified by one of two national midwives' organizations to deliver babies here.But the state's physicians don't like the com ... More >>
obgyn.wustl.eduWe shall let the New York Times' international wanderer-columnist Nicholas D. Kristof open this blog post with a description of obstetric fistula, a truly grotesque condition suffered by women mostly in the global south. Such a woman, writes Kristof,suffers obstructed labor, has no ... More >>
A stealth bill has legalized midwifery in Missouri for now.
Sen. John Loudon, the Chesterfield Republican who tricked the Missouri Legislature into voting to legalize midwifery, knew exactly why I was calling this morning. When I spoke with Loudon on Friday afternoon for this blog post, he said Democratic senator Chuck Graham of Columbia had successfully bl ... More >>
Advocates of home birthing will not likely see passage of a bill legalizing midwifery this year, but they're counting the current legislative session as the most successful to date. That's mainly due to maneuvering by Sen. John Loudon, a Chesterfield Republican who twice brought up the bill, SB303, ... More >>
When a childbirth went terribly wrong, the blame game began. Dodging responsibility was everybody's first order of business.