Being a new mother can take a lot of adjustment.
New motherhood is often portrayed as a time of joy but it can also be filled with fears and complicated feelings. Here’s how you can get help and support.
Midwives get blamed but contradictions in policy sometimes tie their hands.
Having a new baby can upend everything about your old life.
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How you tell the story of a momentous event can help you make sense of what happened. Research finds new moms’ and dads’ narratives around childbirth held clues about their transition to parenthood.
You might want to make booze a thing of the past.
Cutting down on alcohol consumption before pregnancy can benefit the health of both men, women and their baby.
Proposed UK surrogacy law changes raise concerns over unequal treatment of birth mothers.
UK surrogacy law reform: what you need to know about the proposed changes and how they could affect you.
A dozen states now provide a total of $89 million in funding to pregnancy centers.
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Offering free pregnancy tests, sonograms and counseling, the pregnancy help movement maintains more than 2,700 resource centers throughout the United States.
Can you use a test intended for adults or older children? How do you test a wriggling or grumpy small child anyway? We’re infection control and child health researchers. Here are our tips.
Babies and young children have different sleep patterns. Not every one sleeps through the night at the same age, but social pressure is strong on parents to make sure that their children get enough sleep.
The sleep of young children varies a great deal. The myth of sleeping through the night at a specific age creates unrealistic expectations that can harm parents’ confidence.
Breastfeeding is important at all times, but even more so in emergencies.
WHO has said that countries must act to stop donations of infant formula in emergencies.
Pregnancy can be stressful at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic.
Her deep breath has to get to the baby.
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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.
Babies around the world love ‘baby-talk’ and it can help them learn language too.
New research shows that babies around the world love baby talk — and when adults baby talk to them it is good for their language development.
Society shapes people’s preferences and emphasises the value of having genetically related children.
Migrant woman with a baby is lining up at the Anand Vihar terminal in New Delhi, India following the nationwide lock down to prevent coronavirus spreading in the country for three weeks, starting March 24.
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At the time of writing, there have not been many published papers regarding breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most research is still ongoing.
You don’t have to be labelled with a mental illness to seek help.
Although the United Nations has raised concerns about the rights of children, advocates say a baby hatch, like the one shown here in Karlsruhe, Germany, can save lives.
Since an infant was found in a recycling bin last fall in Saskatoon, advocates have renewed their campaign for baby hatches, places mothers can leave newborns safely and anonymously.
We found that women who had sex at least weekly or monthly were less likely to enter into early menopause compared to women who engaged in sexual activity less often.
James Young Simpson’s Caesarian forceps, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow.
Childbirth used to be a terrifying ordeal. But women were surrounded by others – mothers, aunts, sisters – who brought love and experience. But midway through the 19th century, this changed.
Late Bronze Age baby bottles from Vösendorf, Austria.
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Ancient farmers ensured their children were fed and entertained in a similar way to modern parents.
Parenting and baby care books may be unintentionally putting babies in danger.
When there is no “village” to help raise a child, parents often turn to baby books for guidance — but they don’t always hold the best advice.