#1395: Is The Fertility Cliff A Myth?

Apr 15, 2016

On this week’s 51%, is the fertility cliff a myth? And we hear from a nurse who has developed a unique training program to screen patients who are victims of partner violence. I’m Allison Dunne and this is 51%.

The headlines are often full of advice for women about when they should have children. Marnie Chesterton goes digging into the fertility stats and myths for modern women. 

I admit I’m a lover of the sea and its inhabitants so I was recalling how it’s the male seahorse that carries its young, but I’m not clear if there is a fertility cliff here. What I didn’t know was the nurture that occurs after the nature.  

Authorities at the world's busiest airport say four lactation pods are now available for nursing mothers as they travel.

Officials say the pods at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport can be locked from the inside and provide bench seating, a small diaper-changing table and an electric outlet for pumps. The stations are inside security checkpoints. The airport said in a statement that construction will soon begin for a pre-security nursing room. Aviation General Manger Miguel Southwell said the airport found that there was "a real need for these pods." Atlanta is following a nationwide trend. Within the past couple of years, governors in California and Illinois signed laws requiring major airports in their states to have private rooms for nursing mothers.

Intimate partner violence (IPV), has become a prevalent health care issue. Instances of assault, battery, rape, stalking and emotional abuse in relationships can be difficult for nurses to handle as they often lack the appropriate training to feel confident enough to screen patients for IPV. A new training program developed in the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri, provides a powerful tool to better equip nurses in assisting victims of IPV. The Sinclair School of Nursing is the first program in the U.S. to implement such a simulation in their undergraduate curriculum, and the results from the program indicate it could become a national model for training nurses. 

That was Dr. Lea Wood, director of simulation and assistant teaching professor of nursing at the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri.

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