Some studies suggest that one out of 10 women in their 30s are peeing themselves. Others say the numbers could be much much higher. But it's tough to talk about. Peeing in your pants is embarrassing. With so many women suffering, it's time to talk about this problem. Fortunately, there are medical professionals, treatments and a whole crop of new technologies that can help. 

This piece originally ran on KALWWAMCNew Hampshire Public Radio and PRX Remix. 

This production was part of the STEM Story Project -- distributed by PRX and made possible with funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

For parents of newborns – or those expecting one – congratulations. If you’re having your baby in California, expect some generous maternity and paternity benefits. They’re way better than federal benefits, which only guarantee 12 weeks of unpaid leave. The problem is, not many workers in the state know what they’re entitled to.

This piece originally aired on KCRW public radio.

In Sacramento, there’s a unique partnership between a hospital and a clinic that takes a hands-on approach to the devastating problem of suicide (that kills nine people every day in California). It’s a suicide prevention arrangement that targets people who have already tried to take their own lives. And it’s all done over the phone.

This piece originally aired on KQED Public Radio.

In 2012, California’s licensed midwives helped deliver 2,300 babies. But these midwives are mired in a Catch-22. They are legally obligated to be supervised by physicians. If a doctor supervises a licensed midwife, however, the doctor runs the risk of losing liability insurance. A new law may change the law licensed midwives and doctors work together.

This piece originally aired on KALW Public Radio.

Update: My post on when the bill made it to the governor's desk. It eventually became law.

The practice of scheduling an early childbirth may be on the way out in California and the United States. Research shows that newborns have heightened health risks when deliveries occur in the 37th and 38th weeks of pregnancy. That’s led growing numbers of hospitals to prohibit doctors from scheduling deliveries during that time, unless there is a medical reason to deliver. It’s a pendulum swing for a practice of ‘elective deliveries’ that had gained growing favor, among both doctors and mothers, for the convenience of having a delivery on a date certain. The new trend also is shining a spotlight on labor inductions, which are now quite common but which carry their own risks of complications.

This piece originally aired on KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.

It isn’t cold in Los Angeles often. But when it is, lighting a log in the fireplace is an appealing idea. It is also a form of air pollution. The South Coast Air Quality Management District is targeting even the smallest emissions, including fireplaces. That has some people -dare I say it- fired up. 

This piece originally aired on KPCC, Southern California Public Radio.