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American mothers die in childbirth at twice the rate they did in 2000

Here’s something for the 80-some countries celebrating Mother’s Day today to cheer: compared to a few decades ago, many more mothers are around to be celebrated. In the last quarter century, the rate at which women die of pregnancy-related causes has dropped 45%, according to a World Health …

World Health Organization

U.S. ranks 33rd best place for mothers and children

Norway is the most hospitable country in the world for mothers, followed by Finland and Iceland, according to the annual State of the World's Mothers report, released Monday night.<p>The United States ranks 33rd out of 179 surveyed countries for the well-being of its mothers and children, below Spain …

Bundle Of Joyful Microbes: Mom's DNA Alters Baby's Gut Bacteria

Right after birth, trillions of microbes rush into a baby's gut and start to grow. Most of these critters come from the mom's skin, birth canal and gut.<p>But exactly which types of bacteria take up residence in an infant's gut can depend on the mother's DNA, scientists reported Thursday.<p>The study, …

How ‘Real’ Do We Want Women’s Bodies?

They seem rousing and feminist, but do advertisements like Lane Bryant’s ‘I’m No Angel’ campaign merely trade on body insecurity to sell bras and …

This Is Why Your Baby Doesn't Sleep Through The Night

BuzzFeed News speaks to experts to find out why babies aren't designed to sleep all night. It's got more to do with evolutionary biology than you might think.<p>"How's the baby doing? Sleeping through the night yet?"<p>This line will be familiar to parents of small children. The unbroken, "normal" …

6 What-the-Eff Products Marketed Toward Pregnant Women

Fetus statue, anyone?<p>When you think of pregnancy goodies, you probably think of adorable things you'd find at a baby shower—teeny-tiny clothes, sweet knickknacks, diaper-related swag. And while all things helpful and cute may take up the bulk of the baby market, there are some pretty "say …

The Link Between Breastfeeding and IQ

It is indeed a pity that in recent times, breastfeeding has grabbed headlines for a slew of controversial reasons. Remember the ruckus some people …

Neuroscience

Membrane or cervical sweep - what's it all about?

You might be forgiven for thinking a membrane sweep sounds like some sort of medieval practice involving a wooden-handled brush. But put that picture …