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The National Zoo’s adult female giant panda has entered a critical phase in her months-long reproductive cycle, the zoo said Monday, suggesting that the cycle may conclude in a few weeks. The zoo said it doesn’t know if Mei Xiang is pregnant, because female pandas exhibit signs of pregnancy even when they are not pregnant. But zoo experts have detected the rise in Mei Xiang’s hormone levels that marks the final part of her cycle. Her hormone levels should rise for the next few weeks, and then come down, at which point she will either deliver a cub or have had a false pregnancy, the zoo said. The giant panda was artificially inseminated twice — on April 26 and 27 — with semen collected from the zoo’s male giant panda, Tian Tian, and from a male giant panda at a research center in Wolong, China. The panda in Wolong, Hui Hui, was picked because he was a good genetic match for Mei Xiang, the zoo said. The sample from Hui Hui was frozen and flown from China to the zoo’s cryopreservation bank. [ The panda gets a matchmaker ]. If Mei Xiang has a cub, a DNA test can be used to see which male sired the cub. The gestation period for a female giant panda is between three and six months. Panda experts have conducted several ultrasound scans on Mei Xiang this summer and will continue to do so, but the tests have revealed little. The only way to determine conclusively whether a giant panda is pregnant is to see a fetus on an ultrasound, the zoo said. A giant panda fetus does not start developing until the final weeks of gestation. The slow rise in hormones started July 20, the zoo said, and the process should conclude in 30 to 50 days. Mei Xiang has also begun nest-building, spending more time in her den and sleeping more, the zoo said. The area of the giant panda habitat closest to her den will soon close, because she shows extra sensitivity to noise during the final weeks of the cycle. Mei Xiang’s popular female cub, Bao Bao, turns 2 on Aug. Bao Bao and her brother Tai Shan, who was born at the zoo in 2005 and is now in a breeding program in China, were sired by Tian Tian. [ The dramatic birth of a tiny cub ]. Unlike in humans, where the egg is fertilized and the fetus starts to grow and can be measured, it isn’t so obvious with a panda, zoo officials said. A female panda can have what is known as “delayed implantation. Source: www.washingtonpost.com
By Sonia Garza. If I told you there was a natural way to achieve complete relaxation in just an hour, would you try it. No medication necessary. In fact, all you have to do is float in water. Yes, have you heard of floating. I, for one, had not, but being that I am nine months pregnant, an hour-long float sounded like a refreshing and replenishing retreat. And you can achieve this unique experience locally. Uncharted Waters Float Center is a new small business in Tacoma. Newly minted Technical Sergeant Sarah Maynard-Murray and her husband, Jonathan, have had a dream of owning and operating a business of their own for quite some time. Originally from southern Oregon, Sarah joined the Air National Guard in 2004 and it allowed her to obtain a Bachelor in Corporate Fitness as well as a Master’s degree in Education. Before Uncharted Waters Float Center’s opening, Sarah was working for a non-profit aerospace company while her husband volunteered and completed an internship at a couple different float centers in the Portland area. “Running a float center was Jon’s dream to begin with,” she said. “Between the two of us we have most of the skills needed to be successful in this type of industry. ” Jon maintains the float cabins, daily shop operations and networking, while Sarah keeps the books, helps with daily shop operations and manages the center’s social media presence. “We make a great team,” she said. After the birth of their daughter, Piper, Sarah decided it would be best for their family if she worked for the float center full time. So what is floating exactly. After I heard about it and all of the health benefits, I had to try it for myself. Floating is said to be quite amazing and is achieved by creating buoyancy with a mixture of Epsom salts in the water. Floating offers unbelievable benefits to anyone, but especially those with a busy and hectic lifestyle or work stresses as it can help reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep, lower cortisol, balance hormone production, enhance creativity,... At Uncharted Waters, clients have their own private suites that include restroom facilities, a shower and float cabin, which are quite spacious and allow clients to enter standing up. “We really tried to make our float suites inviting for everyone,. Source: www.southsoundtalk.com
On July 13, 2013, Purvi Patel arrived at the emergency room of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Mishawaka, Indiana, bleeding from her pelvis. 3, 2015, she would become the first woman in the United States to be charged, convicted and sentenced to prison on a feticide charge. Patel’s conviction represents a broader trend of the justice system punishing women—particularly low-income women of color—for birth outcomes that are deemed suspicious. The facts surrounding Patel’s case remain contested months after the trial. What’s known from the presented by the prosecution and the defense is that after Patel arrived at the hospital she initially denied having had a miscarriage. A doctor from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center reported her to the police. She eventually admitted she had miscarried, and after a failed attempt to resuscitate the fetus, had abandoned its body in a dumpster. “I assumed because the baby was dead there was nothing to do,” Patel told law enforcement officials. Indiana is one of many states with a law on the books banning “knowingly or intentionally terminat[ing] a human pregnancy” except to remove a dead fetus or perform a legal abortion. Patel was charged with violating this law by using the abortifacients misoprostol and mifepristone without the supervision of a doctor and outside the 20-week gestation period in which abortion is legal in Indiana. She was also charged with criminally neglecting a dependent. To reconcile the seemingly contradictory charges of killing an unborn fetus and abandoning a live baby, the prosecution argued that there had been an unsuccessful abortion attempt, and the baby was delivered alive. Prosecutors presented evidence that Patel ordered the drugs from a pharmacy in China, including text messages between her and a friend, and emails Patel exchanged with the company. While the drugs can be legally prescribed in the United States, it’s against the law to order them online. A toxicology report, however, was unable to find evidence of drugs in Patel’s or her baby’s body. According to the medical examiner, there is no reliable way to test for the drugs or the metabolized remnants. The evidence that proves the crux of the second charge—that Patel’s baby was born alive—is widely contested by activists and law experts. The prosecution’s forensic pathologist, Joseph Prahlow, testified that at approximately 25 to 30 weeks, the fetus should have been. Source: inthesetimes.com
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