pregnancy

FDA questions safety of COVID-19 pill during pregnancy

WASHINGTON – Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems in pregnant women. The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of the pill ahead of a public meeting next week where academic and other experts…

Fergus Falls couple welcomes New Years Day baby at Sanford Medical Center

"It feels good. It's exciting. Yeah, it's a good way to start 2021 for sure."

FARGO, N.D.- 2021 is already off to a good start for a Fergus Falls couple who welcomed a son at Sanford Family Birth Center in Fargo on New Year’s Day. “I’m John Walvatne, this is my wife Ahna and this is our new little man Asher John.” As the world celebrated the new year, a Fergus Falls couple welcomed an…

ND AFL-CIO and Women’s Network Launch United Together For Paid Family Leave

There is no policy in North Dakota and no federal requirement for employers to provide paid family leave.

NORTH DAKOTA – The advocacy groups discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the importance to have paid family leave so that families can stay home when sick without fear of losing an income. The policy would allow North Dakota workers time off to address health conditions including: pregnancy, care for a family member with a health condition or care…

Here’s What You Need To Know If You’re Pregnant And Concerned About COVID-19

There is still very little known about how the Coronavirus can affect pregnant women.

NORTH DAKOTA – According to health experts, pregnant women are not at a higher risk than non-pregnant women of catching the Coronavirus. Specialists also say it’s very unlikely that the virus could be transmitted from the mother to the fetus. They also say there’s no evidence showing the virus can be transmitted from mother to baby through breast milk. There…

Star Legacy Foundation Raises Awareness for Stillborn Babies

26,000 families in the U.S. experience pregnancy loss every year

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Star Legacy Foundation is raising awareness for pregnancy loss by hosting a 5K event and fundraiser. One participant in the event, Audra Mikesh, describes how she felt she found out her daughter was stillborn. “Blank. They told me and I didn’t know what to do. It was a very hard day for everybody,” she said. Her baby…

The Biz: Retirement, Airlines, Contraception App Oops and Ordering Off of the Harry Potter Secret Menu at Starbucks

You have to know the magic spell...er...ingredients and order them that way

NATIONAL — If you’re looking to retire in 2018 then you may not have to go far to find the best place to live. According to a new report from wallethub.com, one of the top five states in the U.S. to retire this year is South Dakota. The report states the findings are based on affordability, quality of life and…

Survey: Fewer Pregnant Women Smoking in North Dakota

The CDC says the national smoking rate for pregnant women is 8.4 percent

  NORTH DAKOTA — State health officials say fewer pregnant women are smoking in North Dakota. The Department of Health’s birth certificate records show the state had a pregnancy smoking rate of 11.6 percent in 2016. That’s down from 13.8 percent in 2015. The CDC says the national smoking rate for pregnant women is 8.4 percent. Health officials also say…

Oh Baby! West Fargo Police Officers “Dive In” and Help Deliver Bundle of Joy

Stephani Krueger, who lives in Valley City, wasn't expecting her baby for another two weeks.

WEST FARGO, ND — Two West Fargo Police Officers were faced with a unique task while on the job last night. What started as a 911 call turned into the officers delivering a baby from inside of a family’s home. “I was kind of crossing my fingers and said ‘hey we’ll wait for the ambulance to get here because they’re…

Tortilla to Toast to Sonogram: Family Believes Holy Image of Jesus Kept Baby Healthy

The couple says they count it as a blessing after having near fatal complications with their previous two pregnancies

  CHAMBERSBURG, Penn. — There was the tortilla and the toast. Now add sonogram to the list of things people say they find the holy image of Jesus in. Just days before she was due to give birth to her third child, Alicia Zeek says she experienced Divine Intervention. She and her fiancé, Zac, went in for an ultrasound and…