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Delivering a human baby – which has a large, highly developed brain – is risky for mother and baby. jaredandmelanie/flickr

This is what happens to a baby’s body during birth

Babies undertake a massive transition during labour and delivery as they move from the supported environment of the uterus to independent existence.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives for her baby shower at the Mark Hotel on Feb. 19, 2019, in New York. She was rumoured to want to deliver her baby at home rather than in hospital. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)

Royal baby: Did Meghan Markle have a home birth?

A professor of midwifery education reviews the research evaluating the safety of home versus hospital births.
When newborns stay with their opioid-dependent mothers in hospital, they experience improved mother-infant bonding, greater chances of breastfeeding, less severe symptoms, less medication and much shorter hospital stays. (Shuterstock)

Hospitals must adapt so infants can ‘room-in’ with opioid-dependent mothers

The evidence is clear that newborn babies do better when they 'room-in' with their opioid-dependent mothers. So why are hospitals across Canada so slow to provide this recognized standard of care?
Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when women have elevated levels of sugar in their blood during pregnancy. But there’s no international threshold. freestocks.org

Are you at risk of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes? It depends on where you live

Sarah and Donna are 26 weeks pregnant and have the same blood sugar levels. But while Donna is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, Sarah is spared from the label. It comes down to where she lives.
Children can get quite expensive. silentalex88/Shutterstock.com

The soaring cost of US child care, in 5 charts

Sen. Warren is proposing universal child care as a way to rein in the soaring costs of raising a family. A sociologist explains what’s driving the trend.

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