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News - July 29, 2022

Stanford Medicine expands fellowship training in abortion care

OB/GYN program to educate medical students and resident physicians amid shrinking opportunities

by Sue Dremann

As some states adopt abortion bans in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Stanford University Medicine is increasing access to a program teaching abortion care and complex family planning for visiting medical students and resident doctors.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2022 at 11:50 am

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I think it would be wonderful if there was more education on how babies are formed in the womb. I think pregnancy is one of those things that nobody knows much about until they become pregnant. There is plenty of information on how to prevent pregnancy in schools and how to "do sex", but the 9 months and indeed the first few weeks after birth are a mystery to most women until they become pregnant.

Babies' development is wonderful, how they have a pumping heart moving the blood within weeks of conception. How they are formed in the first 3 months with fingers and toes and even finger/toe nails, as well as genitals to distinguish if they are boys or girls. At 16 weeks the woman can feel the baby move, and at 20 weeks surgery can be performed while they are still in the uterus. A baby born at 24 weeks is likely to survive. This information is something that comes as a surprise to most expectant parents.

Likewise the information about labor and delivery are a mystery. The old "bring lots of towels and boil lots of water" from movies is about as much as people know until it happens to them. Most of us would be unable to help a woman about to give birth if it came very quickly, yet we hear in the news of police or firefighters doing it in emergency situations. Perhaps more knowledge would be as useful as CPR?

And as women are expected to go back to work as soon as they want, along with the fact that there are now laws about providing them with pumping rooms, perhaps they should also be advised of what will be happening to their bodies during this time also.

Hopefully education will improve in all sectors now.

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