Do Falling Birthrates Spell Doom?

Americans are having fewer children, and some economists are raising alarm bells. A debate over how worried you should actually be.

#babies-and-infants, #birth-rates, #child-care, #families-and-family-life, #infrastructure-public-works, #united-states-economy

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What It Was Like Welcoming a Baby During the Covid Pandemic

Readers share life lessons from an extraordinary year.

#babies-and-infants, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Why the Supreme Court Should Reset the Terms of the Abortion Debate

The viability standard has governed the conversation for decades. It’s time for a new conversation.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #premature-babies, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #united-states

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Fisher-Price Recalls Rock ‘n Glide Soothers After 4 Infant Deaths

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the sleeper was not safe for infants because of the risk of suffocation.

#2-in-1-soothe-n-play-gliders, #4-in-1-rock-n-glide-soother, #accidents-and-safety, #babies-and-infants, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #fisher-price-inc, #infant-mortality, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

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Why Are So Many Children in Brazil Dying From Covid-19?

Coronavirus variants may be causing severe infections in children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #medicine-and-health, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Modern Love Podcast: Meet Cute at Zero Years Old

These two stories will make you audibly gasp.

#babies-and-infants, #jamaica-west-indies, #love-emotion, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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Covid Is Killing Young Children in Brazil, Baffling Doctors

Experts believe Brazil’s overloaded hospital system and uneven access to health care are among the reasons babies and small children are succumbing to the virus at a high rate.

#babies-and-infants, #brazil, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #pediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-pims

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‘How’s Our Girl?’: On Loving a Foster Child and Letting Go

Every time we choose to love other mortal beings, someday, we will have to give them back.

#babies-and-infants, #foster-care, #parenting

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Newborn Twins Are Found Dead in an Apartment in Queens

The mother of the infants, a boy and a girl, was in custody but had not yet been charged in the deaths, officials said.

#babies-and-infants, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #queens-nyc

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‘I Wish I Got Pregnant in March!’ Inside the Dance Baby Boom.

Many dancers have taken advantage of a byproduct of the pandemic — time away from performing — to try out a new role: motherhood.

#american-ballet-theater, #babies-and-infants, #dance-theater-of-harlem, #dancing, #delgado-patricia, #fairchild-megan, #lang-heather-dancer, #lincoln-center-for-the-performing-arts, #new-york-city-ballet, #pereira-erica, #pollack-brittany, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #reichlen-teresa

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Show Us Your Pandemic Baby Family Reunions

The Times wants to see families finally welcoming new babies that they couldn’t see in person during the pandemic.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-reopenings, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #vaccination-and-immunization

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8 Wedding Gifts for Newlyweds Who Are Also New Parents

What to give the couple celebrating two major life events at once? Here are a few ideas.

#babies-and-infants, #gifts, #weddings-and-engagements

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‘Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Living Diaper to Diaper’

Diaper need causes more anxiety than food or housing insecurity for some mothers.

#babies-and-infants, #baby-foods, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diapers, #food, #parenting, #poverty, #toilet-training

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Moderna Starts Testing Its Covid Vaccine in Babies and Young Children

The company will study its vaccine in children ages six months through 11 in the United States and Canada.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #moderna-inc, #national-institute-of-allergy-and-infectious-diseases, #pediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-pims, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Why Black Women Are Rejecting Hospitals in Search of Better Births

Some mothers are seeking alternatives, worried about Covid-19 and racial inequities in health care.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #midwives-and-doulas, #new-jersey, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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Hilaria Baldwin and the Strange Allure of Celebrity Fertility

Why we can’t stop talking about her … whole thing.

#babies-and-infants, #celebrities, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #social-media, #surrogate-motherhood

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We Expect 300,000 Fewer Births Than Usual This Year

Signs are pointing to a sizable pandemic baby bust in the United States, with implications that will be with us for years to come.

#babies-and-infants, #birth-rates, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #influenza-epidemic-1918-19, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy

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Johnson & Johnson Will Test its Vaccine in Infants

The company’s coming trials will also involve pregnant women and people whose immune systems are compromised.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #immune-system, #internal-essential, #johnsonjohnson, #vaccination-and-immunization

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I Met My Husband on the Maternity Ward

He needed someone to cuddle him.

#babies-and-infants, #jamaica-west-indies, #love-emotion, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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How to Beat Covid Insomnia

Can the “five S’s” used to calm fussy babies — swaddle, side or stomach position, shush, swing and suck — also help grown-ups snooze? A reporter finds out.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #content-type-service, #the-happiest-baby-on-the-block-book, #your-feed-selfcare

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The Romney Family Plan Sees the True Value of Parenting

There is dignity in work, but we should support more than just work done for wages.

#babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #lee-michael-s-1971, #parenting, #romney-mitt, #rubio-marco, #senate

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Meet the Women Who Become Surrogates in NY

New York State will now allow gestational surrogates to carry babies for other parents. Here’s why they do it.

#babies-and-infants, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #infertility, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #surrogate-motherhood, #women-and-girls

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Evidence Builds That Pregnant Women Pass Covid Antibodies to Newborns

A new study suggests that protective antibodies can be transferred through the placenta, and the baby may receive more of them if a mother is infected with Covid earlier in her pregnancy.

#antibodies, #babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research, #university-of-pennsylvania

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The Eggs I Sold, the Baby I Gained

Instead of lolling around in a lush pool of liquid, our baby was balled tight. Was there a connection to the eggs I had donated 10 years earlier?

#babies-and-infants, #egg-donation-and-freezing, #infertility, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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Adoption Used to Be Hush-Hush. This Book Amplifies the Human Toll.

In “American Baby,” Gabrielle Glaser unravels family secrets and considers the motivations that wove them into American life in the first place.

#adoptions, #american-baby-a-mother-a-child-and-the-shadow-history-of-adoption-book, #babies-and-infants, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #foster-care, #glaser-gabrielle, #katz-margaret-erle-1944, #louise-wise-services, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rosenberg-david-1961-2014, #women-and-girls

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When Grandparents Want a Say in Naming Their Grandchildren

The expectant parents spend weeks deciding on their new baby’s name. Then the grandparents weigh in.

#babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #nameberry-llc, #names-personal, #parenting

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From ‘Alma’ to ‘Zuri,’ Parents Are Looking for Positive Baby Names

They’re searching the heavens, and through family history, for strong monikers in a pandemic.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #names-geographical, #parenting

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How to Tell Identical Twins Apart

Color-code their clothing. Paint nail polish onto a single toe. Treat them as the individuals they are.

#babies-and-infants, #content-type-service, #parenting, #twins

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The Tiny Victories That Got Parents Through 2020

It’s been a rough year. Let’s celebrate the little wins.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #toilet-training, #toys

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Girl Is Born in Tennessee From Embryo Frozen for 27 Years

The birth of Molly Gibson using an embryo from 1992 broke a record set by her sister, Emma, in 2017. The embryos were donated when the girls’ mother was herself a toddler.

#babies-and-infants, #in-vitro-fertilization, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #tennessee, #university-of-tennessee

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Berry-Flavored H.I.V. Medication Is Ready for Babies

For the 80,000 children who die of H.I.V. each year, drugs are often bitter or hard to swallow. Dolutegravir will soon come in a tasty dissolving tablet.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #africa, #babies-and-infants, #clinton-health-access-initiative, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #inventions-and-patents, #macleods-pharmaceuticals-ltd, #mylan-inc, #presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #unitaid, #viiv-healthcare-ltd, #your-feed-health

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The Harmful Chemical Lurking in Your Children’s Toys

A scientist tracks the dangers of flame retardants, meant to protect children, and why manufacturers cannot seem to stop using them.

#american-chemistry-council, #babies-and-infants, #chemicals, #chemistry, #child-car-seats, #children-and-childhood, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #fires-and-firefighters, #flame-retardants, #foam, #furniture, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #parenting, #stapleton-heather-m

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The Year in Pandemic Parenting

Scenes and snippets from families across the country.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #black-people, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #grandparents, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

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Parenting During the Pandemic: Stories From Families Across America

Scenes and snippets from families across the country.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #black-people, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-pre-school, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #grandparents, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-mothers, #women-and-girls

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How to Know When Your Child Is Stressed

Identifying your child’s emotional and behavioral reactions to stress is crucial, experts say, especially when anxieties are high.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #parenting

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It’s Easier to Parent With a Partner in Many Ways, Except This One

I was my son’s only parent and our bond was strong. Now, I’m worried my daughter and I won’t have that connection.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #dating-and-relationships, #parenting, #single-mothers, #single-parents, #single-persons

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Australia Says Female Passengers on Qatar Flight Got Invasive Medical Exams

Women told officials they had been pulled from a Sydney-bound flight in Doha, strip-searched and examined to see if they had recently given birth after an abandoned newborn was found in an airport bathroom.

#australia, #babies-and-infants, #doha-qatar, #international-relations, #qatar-airways, #women-and-girls

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A Brief History of Questionable Parenting Advice

Wine is good for children but bananas are bad, according to the Times archives.

#archives-and-records, #babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #parenting

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How the Pandemic Is Affecting What Babies and Toddlers Learn

Without preschool and playgroups, the youngest children are missing out on important educational opportunities.

#babies-and-infants, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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In Terms of Child Mortality, It’s a Good Time for Public Health

Despite the crises of 2020, parents can realistically expect that children born today will outlive them. That wasn’t always the case.

#antibiotics, #babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #cholera, #epidemics, #infant-mortality, #parenting, #smallpox, #vaccination-and-immunization

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How Many Children Do I Have? It’s Not So Simple

I gave birth to two, but I also was a foster parent to another child for a year and a half, and he is still a child of my heart.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #foster-care, #parenting

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Is Your Toddler Ready for a ‘Big Kid Bed’?

Figuring out when and how to make the switch can be complicated. Here’s how to make this milestone easier for you and your child.

#babies-and-infants, #beds-and-bedding, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #cribs-baby-beds, #parenting, #sleep

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Lose Baby After Pregnancy Complications

“Driving home from the hospital with no baby,” Ms. Teigen wrote on Twitter. “How can this be real.” She said she and her husband had decided to call the infant Jack.

#babies-and-infants, #deaths-fatalities, #legend-john, #models-professional, #music, #social-media, #teigen-chrissy

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Will the Pandemic Socially Stunt My Kid?

How masks and distancing may affect emotional development.

#babies-and-infants, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #masks, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists

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E.P.A. Rejects Its Own Findings That a Pesticide Harms Childrens’ Brains

The agency’s new assessment directly contradicts federal scientists’ conclusions five years ago that chlorpyrifos can stunt brain development in young children.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #chlorpyrifos, #environment, #environmental-protection-agency, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #pesticides, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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These Everyday Toxins May Be Hurting Pregnant Women and Their Babies

PFAS, industrial chemicals used to waterproof jackets and grease-proof fast-food containers, may disrupt pregnancy with lasting effects.

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #chemicals, #containers-and-packaging, #diabetes, #dupont-co, #environmental-protection-agency, #european-food-safety-authority, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hoosick-falls-ny, #obesity, #parenting, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #science-and-technology, #teflon, #thyroid-gland, #water-pollution

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How Postpartum Breast Cancer Changed My Parenting Plans

Looking after two small kids while going through chemotherapy is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

#babies-and-infants, #breast-cancer, #breastfeeding, #cancer, #chemotherapy, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif

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Are Gender Reveals Cursed?

Several parties, meant to mark a milestone in the journey of pregnancy, have resulted in devastation. Is it time to temper the spectacle, or embrace the celebratory spirit?

#babies-and-infants, #gender, #parties-social

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The Truth About Pregnancy Over 40

More than 100,000 Americans give birth in their 40s each year, but what does that mean for the health of their pregnancies and their babies?

#age-chronological, #american-college-of-obstetricians-and-gynecologists, #babies-and-infants, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

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How to Choose the Right Pediatrician

Take the time to select the right clinician for your family. Trust us, it’s more important than picking the perfect stroller. Here are some tips to help you get started.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #doctors, #parenting

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