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.
Despite what the statistics suggest, many teenage parents say having a baby has transformed their lives.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wish to keep the arrival of their baby private – and it's caused some consternation. But this was normal for most medieval women.
Added to the complications of dealing with such a unique type of loss, is the fact that many people feel uncomfortable talking about personal issues with their colleagues.
Learning to climb.
Encouraging your baby to be active can improve their health in other areas too.
Many parents are told their babies' smiles aren't 'real'. But there is research to suggest otherwise.
Not always simple, but worth it.
Breastfeeding isn't easy, and that's ok – new parents can handle the truth.
Learning at home.
It's time to normalise it.
To raise a healthy baby, mothers should be happy
Making mothers happy is important for the wellbeing of the babies. How can we do that?
It’s not suitable for women with heart problems, but otherwise is a safe and effective option.
Domperidone raises levels of prolactin, which increases the production of breast milk. It's safe for mothers and babies, but not all women will experience the same increase in milk volume.
Numbers on the scale have become a defining measure of an infant’s progress.
The message given to new parents is the higher the infant weight gain the better. Yet being a big baby and growing fast is a risk factor for childhood obesity.
The health scare surrounding nanoparticles might lead to people abandoning formula unnecessarily, with serious impacts on babies’ health.
A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
‘Baby talk’ has shorter sentences, simpler words and more repetition.
People often tell new parents to avoid 'baby talk' because it will slow down the child's language development. But evidence shows it does the opposite.
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.
That noise is far more sophisticated than it sounds.
That deafening din was millions of years in the making.
The diabetes self-test: up to 16% of pregnant women are positive.
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It affects nearly one in five women, and half go on to develop type 2 diabetes. It's one of the great intervention opportunities that public health overseers keep ignoring.
Ready for porridge!! Approaching six months baby Joe loves his mushed up food.
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Babies can learn to self settle through controlled crying.
Every evening, parents across Australia hope their babies will sleep through the night. Many won’t. That’s where controlled comforting, or controlled crying might help. Contrary to some claims, this is…