The Failure of Sex Ed Is Killing Our Daughters by S. Goldberg
(Link): The Failure of Sex Ed Is Killing Our Daughters by S. Goldberg
….If these women relied on their high school sex education classes they were at a near-total loss when it came to reproductive health.
Public school curriculums dead-set on preventing pregnancy focus heavily on sexually transmitted diseases, birth control, and “using protection.”
As for pregnancy itself, senior students often get a glimpse of a woman giving birth before they pass out in horror.
Young women are never given so much as the opportunity to discuss the dynamics of choosing to have children in today’s world, let alone the biology of reproduction, let alone what should go right and what could go wrong.
Today’s (Link): Common Core standards for sex education are even worse. They explicitly state that “pregnancy and reproduction” curricula address “information about how pregnancy happens and decision-making to avoid a pregnancy.” By 12thgrade, students are expected to reiterate positive and negative prenatal practices. Labor, delivery, and postpartum care are completely left off the list.
…Conditions like preeclampsia or retained placenta rarely surface in discussions with medical professionals unless you’re a high-risk patient.
That is most likely because the discussion regarding complications associated with advanced maternal age is strictly taboo. Both medical professionals and journalists avoid the uncomfortable role advanced maternal age plays in the growing maternal mortality rate (MMR) because geriatric pregnancy has become a cultural expectation.
While pushing off motherhood to the age of 35 and beyond may be a social norm, it puts a heavy burden on women’s health. Preeclampsia, the condition that killed Lauren Bloomfield, is on the rise. Researchers (Link): attribute the condition in large part to “delaying childbirth” and the multiple births associated with “increased use of assisted reproduction.”