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09/14/2016

Pregnancy, stigma, and moral responsibility in the Zika epidemic

by Kelly McBride Folkers, BS

Pregnancy comes with great moral responsibility from mother to future child. A healthy pregnancy requires that pregnant women abstain from certain behaviors, like eating unpasteurized foods and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. These decisions affect the wellbeing of the future child. But in addition to bearing the responsibility for the healthy development of the woman’s individual child, pregnant women face social stigmatization during pregnancy. The world takes notice of pregnant women, and this attention can be as innocuous as offering a seat to a visibly pregnant woman on the subway. But it all too often results in social isolation, decreased physical activity, and when pregnant women report a lack of social support, higher incidence of depression and anxiety symptoms.…

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