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Calls continue for midwife regulation on P.E.I.

The push to regulate midwifery in P.E.I. continues as Liberal MLA Kathleen Casey plans to present a petition in the legislature on Monday calling for …

It’s way more fun and less stressful to be a dad than a mom, researchers have confirmed

First, the good news: Parents generally derive a lot of enjoyment from parenting.<p>Now, the bad news: Mothers experience less enjoyment than fathers because they spend more time on the unpleasant jobs of parenting compared to fathers, according to a new study from Cornell.<p>The research, “How Parents …

Research

WOW! Air Canada Altitude Parental Leave

Air Canada's frequent flyer program, Altitude, has recently introduced a progressive program for members on parental leave. For either new mums or …

What Makes For Quality Child Care? It Depends Whom You Ask

When Jolie Ritzo was looking for day care for her son Cannon in Falmouth, Maine, she checked out as many centers as she could.<p>She was looking for a place with the right feel.<p>"Most importantly, the people who are providing the care are loving and kind, nurturing and interested in developing these …

The ultimate efficiency hack: Have kids

In my late 20s and early 30s, I thought of myself as an efficiency machine. I got up early to run most days, worked long hours, and frequently had breakfast meetings <i>and</i> evening drinks with sources. I wrote a lot of stories.<p>“Just wait till you have kids,” said my older sister, who had two kids at …

A Pediatrician's View Of Paid Parental Leave

Paternity leave can make a big difference in a dad's long-term engagement with the child, doctors find. Paid family leave also fosters breastfeeding and reduces the incidence of maternal depression.<p>As part of <i>All Things Considered's</i> series Stretched: Working Parents' Juggling Act, NPR talked with …

How do we protect our daughters’ mental wellbeing?

Increasing numbers of young women have mental health problems. We ask the experts for ways to ensure our daughters are best prepared to cope<p>It is a scary time to be raising daughters. According to a study from NHS England last week, more than one in four women aged 16-24 now have a mental health …

Mental Health

9 Of My Favorite Birth Practices Around The World

There is a lot of pressure for births to be a great experience, which can cause many women to feel inadequate. Cord Mama even speaks of the Dangerous Myth of an Ideal Birth:<p>"Just like none of our bodies can live up to that elusive standard of the "ideal woman," none of our birth stories will ever …

The pill is linked to depression – and doctors can no longer ignore it | Holly Grigg-Spall

Hormonal contraceptives are used by 3.5 million women in the UK alone. The medical establishment must stop dismissing the risks they carry<p>A newly published study from the University of Copenhagen has confirmed a link between hormonal contraceptives and depression. The largest of its kind, with one …

Vagina Dispatches episode one: the vulva – video

Think you know about vaginas? Think again. In the four-part series running from now through November, we find out that even the most basic of body knowledge is lacking – people still don’t understand what vaginas look like or how they function. In episode one, we build a giant vulva, then talk to a …

Let Them Eat Meat! A Quick-Start Guide to Baby-Led Weaning

If there's one thing I've learned from parenthood, it's never say "never."<p>And so it was with baby-led weaning. I was nursing my then eight-month-old …

Here's how to raise a child to be sympathetic

Parents and teachers might often wonder how to teach children caring toward others – more so when the world feels full of disagreement, conflict, and …

How Much Do Parents Matter?

“Parents in every culture at a given moment think they’re doing the optimal thing for their kids.”<p>In 1930, the American anthropologist Margaret Mead published a study of how people in Papua New Guinea raised their children. The world is one giant laboratory and human development one grand …

Co-sleeping: What every pregnant woman needs to know now

You’re probably hearing it already – “back is best,” the mantra The American Academy of Pediatrics hopes to instill in new parents in regard to …

Pregnancy

Should public health nurses visit every family with a new baby?

The post Should public health nurses visit every family with a new baby? appeared first on Healthy Debate.

Public Health

Stress negatively affects chances of conception, science shows: Highly-stressed women 40-percent less likely to conceive during ovulation window

Highly-stressed women 40-percent less likely to conceive during ovulation window<p>Women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory …

Please Don't Judge Me

In the social media crazy world in which we live, we are bombarded with perfectly staged photos of families laying on crisp white sheets in the …

What to eat in pregnancy: the new rules according to the experts

No sooner does a woman break the news that she is pregnant than she is bombarded with a list of things she must eat or avoid, from alcohol to sushi, blue cheese to Parma ham. The advice is ever changing and still controversial. But what’s becoming clear is just how crucial a woman’s diet is to her …

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests.<p>Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose …

Safe sleep guidelines are failing new parents

by Adrienne Hodges posted in Mom StoriesLast week the American Academy of Pediatrics released a study reviewing the sleep practices of predominantly …

Pregnancy

Pregnancy multivitamins 'are a waste of money'

<b>Pregnancy multivitamins are a waste of money because most mothers-to-be do not need them, according to researchers.</b><p>In Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin, researchers say they looked at all evidence and found supplements did not boost the health of mothers and babies.<p>But pregnant women should make sure …

Nurses: Women Are Not “Fabricating” Birth Trauma

Recently, a nurse left a lengthy comment on my website in response to an article where I had encouraged women to recognize their value, and demand …

Pregnancy

Why Digestion Is Messed Up During Your Period

<i>It's beyond rough when you suffer from digestive issues during your period. To help answer a reader's question on this matter, we turned to a</i> …

When are women having babies and how old is too old?

Our Commonwealth cousins, Australia and the U.K., are shedding new insight into when couples are having kids.<p>Reports released by both countries this …

Researchers Are Getting Closer to a Cure for Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a form of mental illness that affects approximately 10 to 15 percent of women who give birth, though accurate numbers are …

Depression

Why It's a Good Idea to Write a Birth Plan (Even if you Don't Use It)

Now let's get one thing straight. We shouldn't call them birth plans. They can be called birth visions, birth wishes, birth frameworks, you get the …

Pregnancy

Breast milk is best and free, so why is it a luxury for American moms?

In an immaculate mid-century spread nestled in the canyons of Beverly Hills, a Hollywood actress plucks her sleepy infant daughter from the co-sleeper bassinet attached to her bed and settles in for a cozy breastfeeding session. Soon, the child's live-in nurse swoops in to bathe the baby.<p>Across …

Childbirth education upgrade could help cut rate of medical interventions: experts

Medical experts argue there is a need for a drastic rethink towards childbirth education in Australia.<p>Professor Hannah Dahlen, a professor in …