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The stay-at-home order appears to have been mostly beneficial for parents, who reported improvement in their co-parenting experience despite the many challenges they faced. (Shutterstock)

It’s not all negative: The experiences of parents with a newborn during COVID-19 lockdown

Parents with a newborn were doing significantly better on most parental and relational outcomes during lockdown.
Being a good mother depends on many factors, including the the bacteria in the mouse mother’s gut. IvonneW/iStock/Getty Images Plus

In mice, a mother’s love comes from the gut

Microbes can alter the minds of mouse mothers and disrupt their natural instinct to nurture their young.
Her deep breath has to get to the baby. electravk/Moment via Getty Images

How does a baby ‘breathe’ while inside its mom?

A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it’s exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother’s blood delivers it.
What are the rules that make a man a father? Slava Potik/Unsplash

Who’s your daddy? Don’t ask a DNA test

Before the advent of genetic testing, definitions of paternity were primarily social and legal. Science has destabilized these older definitions, but it has not replaced them.
Some women, especially with diabetes, are recommended to express milk while still pregnant and to save it for their newborn. But it’s not for everyone. from www.shutterstock.com

Health Check: is it safe to express milk before giving birth?

Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it’s not suitable for all.
Nobody’s perfect – not you, and not your kids. And that’s OK. from www.shutterstock.com

Five things every guilty parent needs to know

Feeling guilty and out of your depth as a parent? You’re not alone – and there are ways to turn the guilt you’re feeling into positive changes for your family.
Awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control. Pablo Rogat

Fear-based health information makes new mothers anxious

Fear-based messages from practitioners and awareness campaigns encourage perfectionism and unwarranted personal responsibility for events over which new mums may have little control.
The UK came 24th in a recent study of the best places to be a mother. from www.shutterstock.com

Why isn’t the UK a safer place to give birth?

Save The Children’s latest State of the World’s Mothers report highlights the impact of rising inequality on maternal deaths.
Icy times for mom-to-be meant bad news for baby-on-board. Shaun Best/Reuters

Mom’s prenatal hardship turns baby’s genes on and off

In January 1998 five days of freezing rain collapsed the electrical grid of the Canadian province of Québec. The storm left more than 3 million people without electricity for anywhere from a few hours…

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