Tag: Babies and Infants

Crowdwise: 32 Tips for Surviving (and Parenting) Crying Babies on Planes

Flying with an unhappy child is no fun for anyone, everyone knows that. But it wasn’t until I asked you for your tips, tricks and traumatic tales of babies on planes, that I realized I didn’t know exactly how many different victim groups were involved. The kids are in misery. The parents are dying a […]

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Latin America Claims to Love Its Mothers. Why Does It Abuse Them?

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Five years ago, a Brazilian woman in labor was detained by police officers and forced to deliver by C-section. The woman, Adelir de Goes, had already had two cesarean sections — an all-too-common procedure in my country — and was hoping to deliver her third child vaginally. But her baby was […]

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She Helped Deliver Hundreds of Babies. Then She Was Arrested.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] PENN YAN, N.Y. — For a generation of Mennonite women, Elizabeth Catlin was integral to the most joyous occasions of their lives: the births of their children. Ms. Catlin was a second mother, they said, a birthing attendant who […]

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‘Executing Babies’: Here Are the Facts Behind Trump’s Misleading Abortion Tweet

The latest battle in the nation’s continuing war over abortion involves a federal bill called the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Senate Democrats this week blocked the bill from reaching a vote, and President Trump responded with an angry tweet. Senate Democrats just voted against legislation to prevent the killing of newborn infant children. The […]

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Measles Outbreak: Your Questions Answered

Measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000, but scattered outbreaks have occurred in recent years. This year there have been five — in New York, Texas, and Washington State — for a total of more than 120 cases. Here’s what you need to know about the disease and the risk of getting […]

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Do You Want to Be Pregnant? It’s Not Always a Yes-or-No Answer

For decades, researchers and physicians tended to think about pregnancies as either planned or unplanned. But new data reveals that for a significant group of women, their feelings don’t neatly fit into one category or another. As many as one-fifth of women who become pregnant aren’t sure whether they want a baby. This fact may […]

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Trump Loves a Culture War

The State of the Union address on Tuesday night was, as expected, an interminable farrago of boasting, nativism, saccharine clichés and outright lies. Among the biggest of those lies were Donald Trump’s claims about third-trimester abortion. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be […]

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The Cycle: Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth

Pregnant women are given a long list of medical recommendations that can come across as patriarchal don’ts: Don’t eat raw fish. Don’t consume deli meats. Don’t do hot yoga! Don’t drink. There’s scientific evidence that these activities can have negative impacts on the health of the fetus, but the one that seems to be the […]

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Fake News About Abortion in Virginia

Under current law in Virginia, third-trimester abortions are permitted when a woman’s physician and two other doctors certify that continuing a pregnancy would result in a mother’s death, or “substantially and irremediably impair the mental or physical health of the woman.” This week Kathy Tran, a Democrat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, testified in favor […]

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Generation Grandparent: When a Darling Grandbaby Becomes a Devilish Terrible Two

Who is this small hellion kicking me in the chest for the crime of trying to put her shoes on so we can walk to the park? What happened to that good-natured sprite who, mere weeks earlier, thought that the park sounded like a delightful prospect and was happy to get ready to go? The […]

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Learning From Cuba’s ‘Medicare for All’

HAVANA — Claudia Fernández, 29, is an accountant whose stomach bulges with her first child, a girl, who is due in April. Fernández lives in a cramped apartment on a potholed street and can’t afford a car. She also gets by without a meaningful vote or the right to speak freely about politics. Yet the […]

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Ties: In the Country of Motherhood, Finding My Own Path

In my native Polish, the word for “mother” is matka, which coincidentally (or maybe not so coincidentally) has meanings in other languages. As I found out, in Hindi, the same word describes an earthen pot used to hold water and dairy products. Consider the symbolism: A matka refreshes, nurtures and comforts. She is life-giving, indispensable. […]

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Personal Health: A Device That Gives Parents of Stillborn Babies Time to Say Goodbye

The death of a child is nearly always devastating and typically followed by an outpouring of support while parents mourn. But when a baby dies before it is born or shortly thereafter, parents are often alone in a hospital with a limited source of comfort and little, if any, opportunity to say goodbye to the […]

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The Checkup: Taking the Pain Out of Children’s Shots

“If you ask every single child in the United States, what are you most afraid of going to the pediatrician, the answer is needle pokes,” said Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf, the medical director of pain medicine and palliative care at Children’s Minnesota. The pain and fear around childhood vaccinations, he said, contributes to the development of […]

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The Checkup: Managing Children’s Pain After Surgery

Pain control in infants and children has come a long way over the past few decades. Experts know how to provide appropriate anesthesia when children need surgery and understand the ways that even very young children express distress when they’re hurting afterward. There is a lot of evidence about reducing the pain and anxiety that […]

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Ties: I Dreaded Winter Until My Newborn Taught Me to Embrace It

For most of my adult life, I dreaded — absolutely dreaded — winter. In that season, my own darkness multiplied and surged forth like cockroaches waiting for the lights to go out. Whatever deep-seated fears — illnesses, accidents, loved ones dying — I’d managed to keep at bay in the brighter months emerged hungry and […]

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What Is Talc, Where Is It Used and Why Is Asbestos a Concern?

Nearly 12,000 women have sued Johnson & Johnson, with most claiming the talc in its well-known product Johnson’s Baby Powder caused their ovarian cancer. They now have a new potential legal front. In a recent case, a group of plaintiffs argued that the talc was contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen considered unsafe at any level […]

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The Checkup: Drink or Breathe? Babies Have to Do Both

I saw a worried mother with a sickish 18-month-old in clinic recently. I say sickish because the mother was much more worried than the toddler was sick; the child was ping-ponging around the room, squirming with outrage when examined, and shrieking with delight when tickled. But she had had some low-grade fevers in recent days, […]

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