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U.S. births hit 35-year low, part of larger 'baby bust'

May 21, 2020 - 12:54 PM

The US birth rate has mostly declined since the 2007-2009 global economic downturn, with millennials forming families at slower rates than their predecessors

Low-key celebrations for North Korea's founder in face of virus

Apr 15, 2020 - 7:58 PM

Pyongyang has imposed tight restrictions against the pandemic that has swept the world since emerging in neighboring China

108TH BIRTHDAY. People wearing face masks leave after laying flowers before the statues of late North Korean leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on the occasion of the 108th birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung, known as the 'Day of the Sun', in Pyongyang on April 15, 2020. Photo by Kim Won-jin/AFP

Get birth control pills, pregnancy tests through this online pharmacy

Mar 23, 2020 - 8:48 PM

It's a safe and discreet way to buy birth control pills, erectile dysfunction medicine, condoms, and rapid pregnancy tests

DIMA. This newly-launched online shop allows users to purchase birth control pills, among other things, online. Screenshot from Dima's website

U.S. to limit visas for pregnant women to curb 'birth tourism'

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:17 AM

The White House says foreigners are using the visas 'to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil'

DOCTOR'S ADVICE. Sleeping on the side is better for the baby. Image from Shutterstock, CC BY-SA

5 million Filipinos have no birth records – PSA

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM

The most common barrier for parents is the cost of registering their child. This is the story of Jolimil Reyes, 18.

Pain and promise: Journey of a millennial first-time mom

Jan 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Hearing my daughter’s first cry instantly transformed my world. Having gone through hell, I was inexplicably happy.

PopCom: Amend RH law provision on minors' access to birth control

Nov 06, 2019 - 9:14 PM

Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III says minors who already have children should be allowed to access family planning methods without their parents' permission

pt2 / news / Dec 20 / 191212_contrceptives03.jpg PHOTO BY MIGUEL DE GUZMAN A member of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines , Inc. shows some sample of oral and injectable contrceptives at their office in Quezon City on Wednesday. With the recent passage of the Reproductive Health Bill, despite the strong opposition from the Catholic Church, contrceptives and sexual education will be available in health centers all over the country.

[OPINION | Dash of SAS] What if we called it birth control instead?

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Referring to birth control as ‘family planning methods’ sends the signal that these are only for people who are married and want to start a family – not for sexually-active young people who aren’t ready to get pregnant

DSWD signs implementing rules for laws on adoption, gov't feeding programs

Oct 07, 2019 - 12:16 PM

The laws provide for absolving adoptive parents from tampering with their child's birth record, and institutionalizing government feeding programs bringing healthy meals for undernourished schoolchildren

Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

Recto wants 'lifetime validity' for birth certificates

Jul 20, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Under the bill filed by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, a birth certificate certified and issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority 'shall not expire and shall be considered valid at any time'

[LEGAL ADVICE] 3 tips to correct a birth certificate error (for OFWs and Filipinos abroad)

Apr 13, 2019 - 5:00 PM

This is for OFWS or Filipinos abroad who were born in the Philippines and who need to correct their birth certificates. This shares the current process through the embassy, 3 tips to make it better, and a step-by-step on the best way to get it done.

Bangladesh mother has twins one month after first birth

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby boy in February through normal delivery, but doctors missed the presence of a second uterus

New law absolves adoptive parents who tampered with child's birth record

Mar 14, 2019 - 7:10 PM

With the correction of the birth records, the adoptive parents may enter into administrative proceedings to legally adopt the child

BIRTH. Indonesian Dinar, 38-year-old, tends to her newborn baby named after the KRI floating hospital Dian Suharsi On the floating hospital in Pantoloan on October 6, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

What you need to know about condoms

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:00 AM

From how to properly open a packet, to how to store them, here's what you should know to make the most out of this birth control method

Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals | Evening wRap

Jan 15, 2019 - 10:06 PM

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Locsin scraps birth certificates for passport renewals

Jan 15, 2019 - 3:15 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr says showing an old passport 'is more than sufficient' to have this travel document renewed

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr faces the Commission on Appointments on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Serbia wants baby boom, but couples seem not in the mood

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:59 PM

'Let babies' cries be heard!' is another of the baby-making slogans Serbia is busy producing – while it struggles to increase actual births

SHRINKING POPULATION. A woman walks with a child trough Belgrade's fortress gates, in Belgrade, on December 6, 2018. Photo by  Andrej Isakovic/AFP

First baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The breakthrough operation, performed two years ago in Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems

Baby boom for some nations, bust for others – study

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:10 PM

While the world's population skyrocketed from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.6 billion in 2017, that growth is deeply uneven according to region and income

Tanzanian president seeks end to contraception

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:37 PM

'You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania,' President John Magufuli says in a speech on September 9

ENDING CONTRACEPTION? Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli (C) reviews an honor guard of troops as he attends a ceremony marking the country's 56th independence anniversary in Dodoma on December 9, 2017. File photo by AFP

What President Rodrigo Duterte's birth chart says about him

Jul 30, 2018 - 6:30 AM

What do the stars say about the President?

Image of Duterte from Malacañang

What House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's birth chart says about him

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The stars might just give insight into the controversial politician's actions and decisions

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The former US president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela 'makes me want to be a better man'

PIDATO PERPISAHAN. Presiden Barack Obama saat menyampaikan pidato perpisahan di Chicago, Illinois, Rabu, 11 Januari. Foto oleh Nicholas Kamm/AFP

What Senate President Tito Sotto's birth chart says about him

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:08 PM

How do we begin to understand the comedian-turned-politician? The stars might just help.

Planets, signs, houses: Your guide to understanding astrology

Jun 16, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Here's how you can navigate the stars to see what they have in store for you

Blood test may predict premature birth

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:02 PM

A report in the journal Science says the test can also be used to estimate the mother's due date 'as reliably as and less expensively than ultrasound'

Meet the woman battling South Korea's 'birth strike'

Jan 20, 2018 - 10:30 PM

The job of South Korea's family minister Chung Hyun-Back is to try to reverse the world's lowest birth rates – but she herself is childless and single

Slum mothers' lives endangered by failure to implement RH law

Nov 24, 2017 - 1:01 PM

The number of Filipinas who die from complications of giving birth remains high, according to the United Nations figures

Duterte not attending Marcos 100th birth anniv celebration

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:24 AM

The President did not even receive an invitation to the event according to a Malacañang source

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 11th Founding Anniversary celebration of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Station Felix Apolinario in Panacan, Davao City on September 1, 2017, expresses his gratitude to the men and women of EastMinCom for combating communist insurgency and in actively supporting the campaign against illegal drugs.

[Dash of SAS] Harmful side effects of SC TRO on contraceptives

Aug 09, 2017 - 2:03 PM

The TRO gave anti RH officials the perfect excuse to restrict the implementation of the RH Law in accordance with personal beliefs

#PinayTakeAction: Let's talk about reproductive health

May 28, 2017 - 9:40 PM

Watch our discussion on reproductive health and find out how you can take action

[DASH of SAS] Running out of birth control and running out of time

Apr 24, 2017 - 11:02 PM

What women need to do as birth control pills and other hormonal contraception options disappear from drug stores

#DontTakeAwayMyBirthControl: Besh, we need to talk about RH law again

Mar 05, 2017 - 6:30 AM

Sign the petition asking the Supreme Court SC to lift its TRO on contraceptives

News Briefs: February 16, 2017

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:17 AM

Stories from across the Philippines on Thursday February 16

[Dash of SAS] When you run out of birth control pills

Jan 19, 2017 - 12:30 PM

President Duterte’s signing of EO 12 is a step in the right direction, but the Supreme Court still has to lift its TRO

Jokowi on Mary Jane, Official Gazette, China and Russia | 6PM wRap

Sep 12, 2016 - 8:06 PM

Watch the 6PM wRap with Maria Ressa

Official Gazette, 9/11 anniversary, Samsung Note 7 ban | 12PM wRap

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:33 PM

Watch the 12PM wRap with Maria Ressa

#SuperficialGazette: Filipino netizens 'rewrite history'

Sep 11, 2016 - 11:41 PM

How would certain events be told if viewed through a distorted lens? Social media users give examples amid the outrage over the Official Gazette s Facebook post about Ferdinand Marcos

Official Gazette under fire for Marcos photo caption

Sep 11, 2016 - 10:30 PM

3rd UPDATE The communication channel of the Philippine government is accused of rewriting history and downplaying the dark days of Martial Law under Ferdinand Marcos

FPJ's family not interested in moving him to Libingan ng mga Bayani

Aug 20, 2016 - 3:08 PM

At the celebration of his 77th birth anniversary the late FPJ s daughter Grace Poe says that her father is peaceful where he is

FPJ'S FAMILY. The late Fernando Poe Jr's daughter, Senator Grace Poe, says that they are not interested in having the National Artist's remains moved to the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Pictured above are Grace, her mother Susan Roces and her son Brian Poe Llamanzares at the thanksgiving mass of FPJ's 77th birth anniversary. Photo courtesy of the office of Senator Grace Poe

Baby girl born mid-air on flight to Philippines

Aug 17, 2016 - 5:00 PM

UPDATED The mother whose due date was two months away goes into labor on board the Cebu Pacific Air flight on Sunday August 14 as it flew from Dubai to Manila her fellow passenger Missy Berberabe Umandal posts on Facebook

MID-AIR DELIVERY. Photo courtesy of Missy Berberabe Umandal on Facebook.

Most contraceptives to run out by 2018 – PopCom

Jul 13, 2016 - 1:21 PM

UPDATED Filipino women will be left with a limited number of expensive products by then as the more affordable products will lose their certificates in 2017 says the Commission on Population

Use of modern family planning methods in PH rose in 2015 – report

Jun 22, 2016 - 4:15 PM

A report says government and non governmental organizations allocated a total of P40 70 billion in 2015 for the implementation of the Reproductive Health law

DOH: Fabella hospital will not be demolished

Jun 14, 2016 - 9:09 PM

The Fabella hospital will not be closed and no employees will be terminated or displaced says DOH Secretary Janette Garin

FABELLA HOSPITAL. According to health secretary Janette Garin, there is no truth about the alleged demolition of the Fabella Hospital.

70-year-old Indian woman gives birth to first baby

May 11, 2016 - 2:25 AM

God heard our prayers My life feels complete now says Daljinder Kaur who had two years of IVF treatment at a fertility clinic

PAL Dubai-Manila flight diverts to India as passenger gives birth

Apr 17, 2016 - 10:40 PM

A 40 year old passenger who gave birth in flight prompts a flight diversion to Hyderabad India

BORN IN FLIGHT. PAL PR 669 proceeded smoothly until its 4th hour when Mary Grace Alejandro, who was 7 months pregnant, began experiencing abdominal pain. Image from Rappler

Hontiveros: Include 'hilot' in community health teams

Apr 15, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The former PhilHealth director an administration senatorial bet counters a proposal to arrest or ban the traditional health attendants in rural areas

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

First 3D image of Zika virus could speed vaccine hunt – study

Apr 01, 2016 - 9:30 AM

Zika s particular characteristics may be what allows it to attach to certain molecules and infect certain human cells

3D. This image obtained March 31, 2016 shows a representation of a near-atomic level map of Zika virus showing its structure. Handout photo by Purdue University/Kuhn and Rossmann research groups/AFP

'The Birth of Venus' reimagined in London exhibition

Mar 04, 2016 - 10:37 AM

London exhibition Botticelli Reimagined looks at how Sandro Botticelli s 1485 painting The Birth of Venus has been reinterpreted through fashion photography and the visual arts

BOTTICELLI REIMAGINED. Venus after Botticelli (2008), as interpreted by Chinese artist Yin Xin, is one of the many pieces exhibited at 'Botticelli Reimagined' at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, United Kingdom. Photo by Guillaume Duhamel/Victoria and Albert Museum

Cuba reports first case of Zika

Mar 02, 2016 - 11:20 PM

The first Zika patient in Cuba is a 28 year old female doctor from Venezuela

Health authorities with the help of the Cuban army fumigate against the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the spread of zika, chikungunya and dengue in a street of Havana, on February 23, 2016. Cuban President Raul Castro announced Monday that 9,200 troops and police have been mobilized in a campaign to eliminate mosquitoes and protect the country against the Zika virus. Cuba has not officially recorded any cases of the mosquito-borne virus, which is strongly suspected of causing serious birth defects in babies born to infected mothers. But 28 countries and territories in the Americas and the Caribbean have reported cases of active Zika transmission, with 1.5 million in Brazil, the hardest-hit country. AFP PHOTO / YAMIL LAGE / AFP / YAMIL LAGE