Tag: Babies and Infants

Baby Food, Bassinets and Talk of Salvation Inside an Evangelical Pregnancy Center

NEWPORT, Tenn. — Wendy Ramsey began her day as she often does, in the cool basement of Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. It was a Thursday, and her first client was coming at noon. She flipped on the fluorescent lights. Racks of infant, toddler and maternity clothes neatly lined the waiting area. Formula and baby food […]

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Why Warning Pregnant Women Not to Drink Can Backfire

In many areas of health policy, the best of intentions can lead to more harm than good. Such is the case with America’s approach to alcohol and pregnancy. The best evidence shows that punitive policies — such as equating drinking while pregnant as child abuse and threatening to involve child protective services — can dissuade […]

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Lawmaker Kicked Out of Kenyan Parliament for Taking Baby to Work

NAIROBI, Kenya — A Kenyan lawmaker was kicked out of the parliamentary chamber on Wednesday for bringing her infant daughter in with her, in a move that drew outrage from some fellow politicians and the public. The lawmaker, Zuleikha Hassan, said she took her baby with her to work at the National Assembly in Nairobi, […]

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Exercise During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Benefits for Babies

Newborns whose mothers exercise during pregnancy may become physically coordinated a little earlier than other babies, according to a captivating new study of gestation, jogging and the varying ability of tiny infants to make a fist. The study’s findings add to growing evidence that physical activity during pregnancy can strengthen not just the mother but […]

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Unlicensed Nebraska Midwife Is Arrested in Newborn’s Death After Home Delivery

A Nebraska woman who advertised herself as a midwife specializing in home births — but who prosecutors said did not have the proper certification — is facing a homicide charge after the troubled delivery of a newborn resulted in the baby’s death. The midwife, Angela Hock, who turned herself in to the police on Tuesday […]

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10 Medical Myths We Should Stop Believing. Doctors, Too.

You might assume that standard medical advice was supported by mounds of scientific research. But researchers recently discovered that nearly 400 routine practices were flatly contradicted by studies published in leading journals. Of more than 3,000 studies published from 2003 through 2017 in JAMA and the Lancet, and from 2011 through 2017 in the New […]

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One-on-One With Cory Booker

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Cory Booker has executive experience, bipartisan bona fides and a raft of ambitious policy goals. So why is the New Jersey senator running in the middle of the 2020 Democratic pack — and how […]

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It’s a Girl! It’s a Boy! And for the Gender-Reveal Cake, It May Be the End

Cake is asked to do so much, what with all the weddings and birthdays and office parties for colleagues headed off to greener pastures. And that’s not even counting more modern pressures, like looking good on social media and starring in Supreme Court cases. But here’s a reveal that will likely come as good news […]

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Breast Milk Is Teeming With Bacteria — That’s Good for the Baby

In the earliest days after birth, millions of bacteria make their home in a baby’s body — in the skin, mouth and especially the gut. These immigrants come from the birth canal and the mother’s feces (during a vaginal birth), the mother’s skin and mouth as she holds and nuzzles the baby and perhaps even […]

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal: The Story of My Abortion

I call my child a miracle. Born unexpectedly in India at 26.5 weeks, shortly before I was due to come back to the United States, and weighing only 1 pound 14 ounces, Janak survived against all odds. Their early months were spent in Mumbai, in a neonatal intensive care unit that had only just opened. […]

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The Feminist Podcast That Lets You Eavesdrop on Mothers in Therapy

On a recent Friday afternoon, a stylish woman in her early 40s showed up at a Brooklyn podcasting studio to tape what was essentially a three-hour therapy session, which was to later be condensed and made available for the public to download. After a bad breakup, the woman, whom the podcast producers were calling Joni, […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand Proposes Huge Investments in Maternal Health, Child Care and Education

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s presidential campaign on Wednesday introduced a proposal aimed at investing heavily in maternal and child health, adoption and in vitro fertilization, paid family leave and universal prekindergarten. The proposal, which Ms. Gillibrand called the “Family Bill of Rights,” continued her campaign’s focus on women and families. On Tuesday, she was among several […]

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