A Polish Priest’s War Against Abortion Focuses on Helping Single Mothers

The Rev. Tomasz Kancelarczyk sees little effect on women’s decisions whether to have a child from a 29-year abortion ban. What may matter more is support for women who choose to have a child.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #birth-rates, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #domestic-violence, #europe, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-justice-poland, #law-and-legislation, #parenting, #poland, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #single-persons, #special-education, #tomasz-kancelarczyk, #women-and-girls

The Life and Death of Daniel Auster, a Son of Literary Brooklyn

Memorably depicted in his father’s books, he struggled with drug addiction through a life that put him close to a notorious murder and came to an end in a family tragedy.

#auster-daniel-1977-2022, #auster-paul, #auster-ruby-2021-21, #babies-and-infants, #davis-lydia, #death-and-dying, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hustvedt-siri, #limelight-manhattan-ny-nightclub

‘Parentese’ is Truly a Lingua Franca, Global Study Finds

In an ambitious cross-cultural study, researchers found that adults around the world speak and sing to babies in similar ways.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #babies-and-infants, #beijing-china, #ecuador, #india, #language-and-languages, #music, #nature-journal, #poland, #psychology-and-psychologists, #tanzania, #voice-and-speech, #your-feed-science

What New Parents Should Know About Parechovirus

Health officials warn that this common, but little-known, virus can pose a lethal threat to infants.

#babies-and-infants, #encephalitis, #meningitis, #parenting

China Offers Women Perks for Having Babies, if They’re Married

Beijing is giving incentives to stem a demographic crisis, but its control over childbirth and its suppression of women’s rights are making it difficult for some aspiring parents to start a family.

#babies-and-infants, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #egg-donation-and-freezing, #families-and-family-life, #in-vitro-fertilization, #marriages, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #single-mothers, #single-persons, #womens-rights

In a Post-Roe World, We Can Treat Mothers and Children With Dignity

Especially in hard cases like ectopic pregnancy. we can offer more love and material support to mothers and children.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

Modern Love Podcast: Left to Be Found

Two women share their adoption stories — one a daughter, and the other a mother.

#adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #hong-kong, #love-emotion, #women-and-girls

New Guidelines Encourage Breastfeeding Longer, but Call for More Parental Support

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging doctors to have “nonjudgmental conversations” with families about their feeding choices.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #infant-formulas, #parenting

Here are 4 takeaways from the C.D.C. approving vaccines for children under 5.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #vaccination-and-immunization

11 Families in Senegal Welcomed Newborns. A Fire Left Them Devastated.

Joy over the births turned to shock and grief after a blaze swept through a neonatal ward at a hospital in Senegal. “There’s nothing we can do but suffer,” said a man who lost his grandson.

#accidents-and-safety, #babies-and-infants, #fires-and-firefighters, #hospitals, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #sall-macky, #senegal

The Formula Shortage Has Led to Misguided Calls for Women to Breastfeed

It’s an invention that has saved babies’ lives and given mothers their own lives back. Why are women being shamed for using it?

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #discrimination, #infant-formulas, #parenting, #women-and-girls

New Research Offers Clues as to Why Some Babies Die of SIDS

The study could pave the way for newborn screening — but the results still need to be corroborated by further research.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #infant-mortality, #research, #sleep, #sudden-infant-death-syndrome

Why Breastfeeding Isn’t the Answer to the Formula Shortage

The current crisis has exacerbated an already emotionally charged health care issue in the U.S.

#babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #infant-formulas, #milk, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #shortages

Personal Stories of the ‘Dark Ages’ Before Roe

Readers, including those who had abortions, an “unwanted fetus” and an obstetrician, recall how girls and women dealt with unplanned pregnancies pre-Roe.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #women-and-girls

What Parents Need to Know About the Formula Shortage

Where to look for baby formula, how much to keep on hand when you find it, and how to ride out the crisis.

#babies-and-infants, #infant-formulas

Don’t Make Baby Formula at Home Amid Shortage, Doctors Say

Amid a nationwide formula shortage, some parents are D.I.Y.-ing recipes. But pediatricians strongly advise against it.

#babies-and-infants, #infant-formulas

I Lost My Baby. Then Antivaxxers Made My Pain Go Viral.

There’s a human toll to misinformation.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

Feeling Ambivalent About Motherhood Is Normal

After years of engaging with parenthood from a distance, it’s time for a psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health to take her own advice.

#babies-and-infants, #depression-mental, #egg-donation-and-freezing, #fear-emotion, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #mental-health-and-disorders, #miscarriages, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #reproduction-biological, #women-and-girls

The Nightmare of Being a Surrogate Mother in the Ukraine War

Ukraine’s booming surrogacy business has become a logistical and ethical mess — and hell for the women at the center.

#babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #labor-and-jobs, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #surrogate-motherhood, #ukraine

F.D.A. Warns Patients About Some Prenatal Genetic Tests

The agency cites concerns that some manufacturers’ claims about test performance “may not be supported with sound scientific evidence.”

#babies-and-infants, #food-and-drug-administration, #genetics-and-heredity, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prenatal-testing

Inside a Maternity Hospital in Ukraine as War Grinds On

As artillery shells fall, pregnant women are delivering prematurely, being shuttled in and out of bomb shelters or having babies in basements without even a midwife to help. Tens of thousands more are displaced.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #breastfeeding, #hospitals, #kyiv-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #women-and-girls

In India, Parents of Children with Rare Disease Plea for Help Online

India makes many of the world’s drugs, but treatments for rare diseases like spinal muscular atrophy are imported and prohibitively costly. In desperation, parents are raising funds on social media.

#babies-and-infants, #biogen-inc, #children-and-childhood, #crowdfunding-internet, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #india, #novartis-ag, #parenting, #roche-holding-ag, #spinal-muscular-atrophy

Parents Relying on Ukraine Surrogates Desperately Seek Their Newborns

The Russian invasion has disrupted a thriving hub of legal commercial surrogacy. Some couples are risking trips into the war zone to get their children.

#babies-and-infants, #canada, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #in-vitro-fertilization, #kyiv-ukraine, #lviv-ukraine, #national-public-radio, #parenting, #poland, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #premature-babies, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #rescues, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #surrogate-motherhood, #tampa-fla, #turkey

How a Doula Helped Women Through Giving Birth During a Pandemic

As the maternal mortality rate surged during the pandemic, Niulquie McKinney, a doula and midwife, turned her attention to the most vulnerable mothers-to-be.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #home-births, #maternal-mortality, #midwives-and-doulas, #new-jersey, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

Prenatal Tests, Disabilities and the Decision Whether to Abort

Readers discuss both the challenges and the joys of raising children with disabilities.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #down-syndrome, #families-and-family-life, #intellectual-disabilities, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prenatal-testing

Babies Have Entered the Chat

Up close and personal with work-from-home parents — and their unruly new colleagues.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #futureofwork2022, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #zoom-video-communications

How to Find Baby Formula Right Now

Parents are worried, but experts say you can still keep your baby fed and nourished.

#babies-and-infants, #infant-formulas, #parenting, #supply-chain

Cash Aid to Poor Mothers Improves Brain Function in Babies, Study Finds

The research could have policy implications as President Biden pushes to revive his proposal to expand the child tax credit.

#babies-and-infants, #babys-first-years, #brain, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #federal-aid-us, #income, #income-inequality, #poverty, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #research, #united-states-politics-and-government, #welfare-us

Mushie & Co Recalls FRIGG Pacifiers Over Choking Hazard

Mushie & Co, a baby goods store, announced a voluntary recall of its FRIGG pacifier after more than 200 reports that the pacifier’s silicone nipple detached from its base.

#asphyxiation-choking-and-suffocation, #babies-and-infants, #consumer-product-safety-commission, #consumer-protection, #frigg-silicone-pacifiers, #mushieco, #pacifiers, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

These Prenatal Tests Are Usually Wrong When Warning of Rare Disorders

The false positives aren’t mentioned in the brochures for these blood screenings, which are sold by some of the biggest labs in the country.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amniocentesis, #babies-and-infants, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #tests-medical

Parents Face Long Waits for Car Seats and Other Baby Items

Expectant parents have keenly felt the inconvenience of global shipping delays caused by the pandemic. With a baby due, “it’s a different ballgame.”

#babies-and-infants, #baby-carriages-strollers-and-carriers, #child-car-seats, #cribs-baby-beds, #delays-transportation, #furniture, #international-trade-and-world-market, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain

Sickle Cell Math Is Brutally Simple, but Not Widely Taught

An inexpensive blood test can warn couples if they face one in four odds of having a baby with the disease. No one ever told Lametra Scott and Rickey Buggs about it.

#babies-and-infants, #black-people, #blood, #debaun-michael-r, #discrimination, #genetics-and-heredity, #nashville-tenn, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #race-and-ethnicity, #sickle-cell-anemia, #tests-medical, #volunteers-and-community-service

How a Hearing Test for Babies Has Paid Off for a Big Medical Provider

Routine use of a more advanced screening method turns a low-cost procedure into a pricier one.

#babies-and-infants, #consumer-protection, #ears-and-hearing, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #hospitals, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

Amy Coney Barrett’s View: Adoption, Not Abortion

Readers offer personal stories to challenge the justice’s suggestion that adoption is a good alternative.

#abortion, #adoptions, #babies-and-infants, #barrett-amy-coney, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us

Is It Too Soon to Give My Kid a Tablet?

There’s not a one-size-fits-all answer to the question, but here are several things to consider before buying your child their own electronic device.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #parenting, #tablet-computers

As Virtual Worlds Grow, We Are Losing Our Sense of Touch

After struggling with anorexia and bulimia for more than 20 years, the last thing I want is technology that further estranges me from my body. 

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #mental-health-and-disorders, #touch-sense

Texas Abortion Law Complicates Care for Risky Pregnancies

Doctors in Texas say they cannot head off life-threatening medical crises in pregnant women if abortions cannot be offered or even discussed.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Why Are There So Many Premature Births in America?

This shouldn’t happen in a wealthy nation.

#babies-and-infants, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization

Marijuana Use in Pregnancy May Lead to a More Anxious, Aggressive Child

A new study adds to a growing body of evidence that indicates prenatal marijuana use can impact children’s development and behavior.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #marijuana, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research

Without Parental Leave I Might Be Dead

Family leave should be a right, not a privilege.

#babies-and-infants, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #family-leaves, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

With a Baby on the Way, It Was Time to Embrace My Disability

As an expectant dad with cerebral palsy I tried to prepare, but a delivery emergency gave me a crash course.

#babies-and-infants, #cerebral-palsy, #disability, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth

What’s in Your Prenatal Vitamin?

Doctors recommend them before, during and even after a pregnancy. But regulation is spotty and finding the right pill can be hard.

#advertising-and-marketing, #american-college-of-obstetrics-and-gynecology, #babies-and-infants, #diet-and-nutrition, #dietary-supplements-and-herbal-remedies, #folic-acid, #food-and-drug-administration, #iron-nutrient, #labeling-and-labels-product, #online-advertising, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #product-tests, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vitamins

Should Pregnant Women Get a Covid-19 Booster Shot?

Experts strongly agree that the shots benefit the mother as well as the fetus.

#antibodies, #babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pregnant Women Should Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

Pregnant women should get a Covid-19 vaccine. 

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #vaccination-and-immunization

Diapers Are the Latest Pandemic Shortage

A police bulletin seeking information on a man recorded shoplifting packages of diapers drew fresh attention to a continuing crisis of access to the product, according to the National Diaper Bank Network.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diapers, #families-and-family-life, #national-diaper-bank-network, #parenting, #shortages

I’ve Never Given Birth – but I’ve Done My Share of ‘Parenting’

In communities like the one I grew up in, nannies are a rarity, but a ‘village’ of neighbors and relatives can be counted on to pitch in with child care.

#babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #parenting

A Medical Career, at a Cost: Infertility

Physicians are raising awareness of the reproductive toll that work stress, long hours, sleep deprivation and years of training can exact.

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #doctors, #egg-donation-and-freezing, #in-vitro-fertilization, #jama-surgery-journal, #medical-schools, #minnesota, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #surgery-and-surgeons, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Does Anything Actually Make You Go Into Labor?

Most of the popular legends are more myth than fact, but there are a couple of interesting exceptions.

#babies-and-infants, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research, #women-and-girls

RSV In My Child: Should I Be Concerned?

Respiratory syncytial virus is showing an unusual summer surge.

#babies-and-infants, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #hospitals, #oconnor-anahad, #parenting, #respiratory-diseases, #seasons-and-months

I Gave Birth, but My Husband Developed Postpartum Depression

Many men struggle with mental health after becoming fathers. But stigma and societal norms keep them from getting help.

#babies-and-infants, #depression-mental, #men-and-boys, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists