Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too.
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Pregnant women’s experiences can affect their babies’ health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
A study examined the psychological and social experiences of over 600 women with babies between birth and 12 weeks during the first UK lockdown.
Researchers asked over 1,200 women about their experiences with breastfeeding during lockdown.
New research finds that while some women thrived during lockdown, others found breastfeeding to be difficult and overwhelming.
Preventing early skin to skin contact potentially disrupts newborn physiology.
The WHO recommends women should be encouraged to breastfeed straight after birth, for both the mothers’s and baby’s health, including increasing baby’s immunity.
Community support programs for breastfeeding have changed under COVID-19 restrictions.
There is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through breast milk, and breastfeeding is encouraged during COVID-19. However, the support available to new mothers has changed dramatically.
As many as one in five women experience postpartum depression.
For new mothers with postpartum depression, social distancing limits some of the best ways to improve their mental health.
Babies don’t come with instruction manuals… mobile health apps can help new parents.
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Mobile health apps, teleconferencing with experts and thoughtfully designed educational platforms can all help families during the chaotic and confusing early years.
Most UK workplaces aren’t set up for women to breastfeed, so is it any wonder rates are so low.
A mother breastfeeds her baby.
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Regular home visits by community health workers helped to increase breastfeeding rates in Kenya.
Breastfeeding mothers are turning to online groups due to dwindling real-life support — but these volunteer-led platforms don’t always have the best advice.
New research has found that mothers may be forgoing medication they need in order to breastfeed their babies.
Mothers are told to stop breastfeeding when taking certain medications – even if they won’t harm their baby.
About 10% of pregnant women and 13% of women who have just given birth experience a mental illness.
New study finds that giving birth through an emergency caesarean increases the risk of developing postnatal depression in the first nine months after childbirth by about 15%.
Protected time for new families could pay health dividends later.
The transition to parenthood comes with plenty of stress. A psychology researcher suggests that paid family leave could help lift some of the burden – with positive health benefits down the road.
When World War II struck, the British government evacuated women to hospitals in the countryside to give birth – and the change still affects maternity care today.
Not always simple, but worth it.
Breastfeeding isn’t easy, and that’s ok – new parents can handle the truth.
New research shows that when mothers who have experienced childhood trauma feel supported by the people around them – such as therapists, physicians, friends and neighbours – their risk of pregnancy complications is substantially reduced.
Childhood trauma impacts women’s health and can be passed from parent to child. New research shows that when new mothers feel supported, the risk of pregnancy complications is reduced.
New fathers can feel low, too.
Having a newborn can be rough, whether you’re a mom or a dad. New research ties men’s testosterone to their postpartum depression – with some surprising upsides for their partners.
Modern women are expected to juggle work, homelife and motherhood, mostly by themselves.
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The pressure on new mums can be overwhelming, but culturally they are expected to go it alone.
Don’t worry about being the perfect mom.
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The quest to be a ‘perfect’ mother versus a ‘good’ mother may actually harm a mother’s parenting.