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Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

The Use of TENS in Labor

The Use of TENS in Labor<p>By Eva Bild and Penny Simkin<p>1. What is a TENS? TENS stands for Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation. Using a handheld, …

Great Britain

Labor Patterns

<b>Long and steady</b>: This is the labor pattern in which the contractions come at fairly regular intervals (i.e. every 3-4 minutes with a little …

Pregnancy

Babies most likely to be born at 4am, study finds

<b>Four o'clock in the morning is the time most babies are born spontaneously in England, with the majority arriving between 01:00 and 07:00, a study shows.</b><p>While planned C-section births tended to happen on weekday mornings, births after induced labours were more likely to occur around …

Pregnancy

The 1 Thing to Always Say to Your Child After Disciplining Them

Parents spend so much time worrying about how to discipline their kids, that they are forgetting about a step that is just as crucial: what to do afterwards.<p>According to developmental psychologist Ashley Soderlund, we need to "empower them" to change their behavior.<p>"Children live in the here and …

5 Yoga Poses Every Pregnant Woman Should Know

When you're pregnant, parts of your body hurt that you didn't even know existed. Weird aches and pains pop up out of nowhere and your growing belly can make finding comfortable positions nearly impossible.<p>Cathy Louise Broda certainly felt the pregnancy pains, especially the second time around when …

11 of the best baby toys for newborns

As a newborn, your baby might not show too much interest in baby toys, no matter how bright or noisy they may be, but fast forward a couple of weeks …

The culture war between midwives and doctors, explained

The US falls behind other affluent countries in midwife use. A deeper look at history may explain why.<p>Since ProPublica launched Lost Mothers, the news site has covered many facets of the US maternal mortality crisis. Despite spending more per capita on health care than any other country, the US has …

Menstrual Cup 101: How to use the most low-maintenance feminine hygiene option

When it’s that special time of the month (yeah, you know the one), you now have myriad options at your disposal: You could go for non-toxic tampons, …

Early-morning births are genetically programmed

THE notion that nothing good happens after midnight does not seem to apply to times of birth. Around the world the peak hours for vaginal births that …

Jaundice in newborns could be an evolutionary safeguard against death from sepsis

In newborn babies, jaundice is so common as to be termed physiological. It affects around 60% of term babies and around 80% of preterm babies in the …

Medicine

Texas Couple Surprised With Quadruplets

A woman in Texas thought she was having triplets, but ended up giving birth to quadruplets and making history at the same time.<br>Vivian Van Gorder had …

See How This Mother Is Educating Kids Early With Breastfeeding and Pregnant Dolls

A mother from Brisbane, Australia, is filling a huge educational gap with her new dolls. Betty Strachan is on a mission to educate kids all over the world about pregnancy, breastfeeding, and more modern-day realities by painting dolls to replicate situations that aren't taught at school. She's a …

Hilarious SNL Skit About Childbirth Is Accurate AF

‘The Day You Were Born’ might be the funniest thing you watch today<p><i>Saturday Night Live</i> parodies are always a fun time, but last night’s Mother’s Day …

Neuroscience Shows Breastfeeding Is Not Just Milk

<b>Lifelong effects of breastfeeding on mental health</b><p>Early life experiences set the stage for physical health in later life. Reducing early toxic stress …

Breast Feeding

The countries where 1 in 5 children are never breastfed

<b>(CNN) —</b> Physicians have long recommended that mothers breastfeed their babies -- as breastfeeding comes with many health benefits for both a mom and her infant -- but many babies may never receive breast milk, especially in certain countries.<p>A new UNICEF report released Wednesday that ranks …

Breast Feeding

The Type of Pregnancy You Will Have, According to Your Zodiac Sign

<i>This post written by Nicole Bradley-Bernard was originally published on YourTango.</i><p><b>Work that bump!</b><p>Pregnancy can be the most beautiful thing you'll ever experience … or the worst thing you'll ever experience.<p>Generally, whether or not being pregnant is a good experience varies from woman to woman. …

How to Optimize Date Night with Your Spouse

Committing to one meaningful hour a week with your partner can fuel a lifetime of happiness.<p>There's a reason date nights are recommended by every psychologist and marriage-family therapist. Positive interactions and time to connect one-on-one are among the most basic building blocks of a healthy …

Work-life Balance

Air pollution linked to fertility treatment failure

(Reuters Health) - Women exposed to high levels of air pollution may have less success getting pregnant with fertility treatments or staying pregnant, compared to women breathing cleaner air, a South Korean study suggests.<p>Researchers analyzed pregnancy rates over nine years and more than 6,600 IVF …

Elective induction of labor at 39 weeks decreases risks of C-section, other complications

It's better to induce than to watch and wait. That's the result of a new study published in PLOS ONE.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Welcomes Second Child With Girlfriend Lauren Hashian

“Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world,” the actor wrote on Instagram.<p>Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a new baby girl named Tiana Gia Johnson.<p>The actor, 45, announced the birth of his second daughter with girlfriend Lauren Hashian in an adorable photo posted to Instagram on …

New York to Expand Use of Doulas to Reduce Childbirth Deaths

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Sunday a series of initiatives aimed at addressing a disturbingly high rate of maternal mortality among black women, who are four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women in New York State, according to a study released last year.<p>The plan includes a …

VBAC after Cesarean for Arrest of Descent or Cephalo-Pelvic Disproportion

A cesarean for "Arrest of Descent" means a cesarean done after a woman has dilated fully and pushed for a while without the baby descending. The …

Senate Votes Unanimously To Allow Newborns On Chamber Floor

Family-friendly policies "aren’t just a women’s issue," said Sen. Tammy Duckworth. "They are a common-sense economic issue."<p><b>UPDATE:</b> 7 p.m. ― The Senate unanimously agreed Wednesday to change its rules to allow senators to bring their infant children onto the chamber floor during floor votes, for …

Late menopause may protect women's memory

New research, published in the journal <i>Neurology</i>, suggests that a late menopause onset may benefit the memory skills of senior women later in life.<p>A …

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis

<b>W</b>hen Simone Landrum felt tired and both nauseated and ravenous at the same time in the spring of 2016, she recognized the signs of pregnancy. Her beloved grandmother died earlier that year, and Landrum felt a sense of divine order when her doctor confirmed on Muma’s birthday that she was carrying a …

Pregnancy

These Photos of a Natural Home Birth After a C-Section Are Truly Amazing

In South Africa, photographer Marysol Blomerus witnessed and captured Cornelia's very special home water birth. After having an emergency c-section with her daughter Sadie, Cornelia knew she wanted to try to do things differently with her second birth — she wanted to do it naturally.<p>Marysol says, …

Women of Color Are Challenging Breastfeeding Stereotypes With a Gorgeous Photo Shoot

Angela Warren, a mother and member of the Facebook group Chocolate Milk Mommies of Birmingham, wanted to raise awareness and support for women of color who want to breastfeed their babies, so she went above and beyond by staging a series of pictures that feature mamas feeding their little ones in …

These Photos Give a Powerful Middle Finger to "Rude" and "Catty" Breastfeeding-Shamers

If you've breastfed in public before, you've likely witnessed a handful of common (and all equally unsolicited) reactions from random passersby. There's the classic wide-eyed look of contempt, but sometimes there are verbal comments of disapproval, from "Why don't you cover up?" to "Can't you just …

Seeing NICU Babies Cuddle With Their Moms Will Make You Want to Hold Yours Close

For a handful of mamas at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, MO, this Mother's Day was extra special. To spend a little quality time with their teeny-tiny babies in the newborn intensive care unit, they shared a skin-to-skin bonding session while nearby photographers captured the precious …