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Time to discuss 'Paternal Depression'

Science 1st August 2017

Can expecting fathers suffer from depression? While maternal depression is a widespread public health issue, paternal depression was not given much attention until recent years.
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Delivery Day Decisions: Are you prepared?

Pregnancy 20th July 2017

Preparing for a journey that takes nine-months can put those resolutions on the backburner that you need to take on your delivery day. However, you are required to take several medical decisions in the very first few hours of your baby's birth that can have a life-long impact on your child's health.
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What happens when your baby behaves better… with others!

Baby 14th July 2017

Such is the strength of the maternal-child bond that poets and saints have written verses on the sanctity and the aura of this relationship. There is no better feeling when you ask your child to do something and he or she immediately obliges.
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Gain weight the healthy way during pregnancy

Health 10th July 2017

Gaining weight during your pregnancy is natural. But there is a certain amount of weight which is considered as normal. Inadequate or excessive weight gains might successively lead to several disorders and problems.
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Antidepressants during pregnancy: riskier than you thought!

Science 06th July 2017

During pregnancy, there are times when your heart feels heavy. This heaviness may be a result of the hormonal overhaul inside you. However, there could be more to this anxiety or depression during pregnancy than just physical changes in your body.
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Birth in water 'poses no risk,' says research

Science 03rd July 2017

Jesus Christ in an answer to Nicodemus's question about how to enter the kingdom of heaven once said, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit."
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How to travel safely during pregnancy

Pregnancy 30th June 2017

To travel or not to travel during pregnancy is a dilemma that every woman faces! Travelling can certainly lead to elevation of an individual's consciousness. It is also known to stimulate a person's spiritual development by widening the horizons of the mind.
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Maintaining a Happy Pregnancy Brings Forth a Lifetime Gift

Pregnancy 23rd June 2017

29 year old Seema Gupta and her husband from Mumbai were blessed with a charming baby girl in May. After having witnessed a couple of unfortunate miscarriages in the family, the couple took every possible measure to ensure a normal delivery.
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Listen to the doctor, not the myths during pregnancy

Pregnancy 22nd June 2017

'More women go into labour during full moon than other nights!' If you are one of those women who believe that the aforementioned statement is a fact, then this write-up is precisely for you. The cycle of the moon does not affect your due date.
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What 'not to eat' during pregnancy

Pregnancy 21st June 2017

Food is anyways the most important part of our everyday lives – it is said, 'what you are, is what you eat!' And a healthy, wholesome diet becomes even more pertinent when you are expecting a baby; because that nutrition is now nourishing two lives at a time.
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Are You Ready To Be a Parent? Three Things to Keep In Mind

Science 16th June 2017

You become a parent the moment you realize you're pregnant, or a part of such relationship. The pregnancy is bound to impact your life. Even if it ends in abortion, miscarriage or giving the child up for adoption.
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PLANNING AFTER UNPLANNED PREGNANCY

Pregnancy 14th June 2017

Maternal bond is the most sacred of all relationships. The love a mother has for her child is considered to be the strongest connection in nature. The bonding is so deep that the thoughts during pregnancy...
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Emotional changes during Pregnancy

Pregnancy 12th June 2017

Pregnancy is probably the wonder of all the wonders of a woman's existence. What a supernatural experience it must be to feel a life growing inside you! As if, women were inspired seers who receive the gift of giving birth from the Almighty.
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PERSONAL HYGIENE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

Pregnancy 30th May 2017

The calibration of bearing a new life right in your womb, demands a lot from a woman. She needs to mend her life upside down to tailor all the arrangements in fixing her health regime.
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LET'S MAKE LABOR SOOTHING

Pregnancy 25th May 2017

Did your last night dream about a painful labor scared you?? Or did your friend and relatives narrated their horror labor experiences?? Oh! My beautiful mommies to be please, don't stock your heads with all such things.
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FIRST TRIMESTER SLEEP SOLUTION

Science 24th May 2017

The good news is that you are pregnant, but with it comes in some soring issues. You are going to have some sleepless and uncomfortable nights but all for the baby is worth a toil. The sore breast and some discomfort in your favorite...
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OBESITY - CAUSE FOR INFERTILITY

Health 23th May 2017

Obesity is associated with impaired fertility and pregnancy complications, including decreased rates of pregnancy, higher rates of miscarriage, and decreased rates of live birth with both natural conception and assisted reproductive technology.
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Does my baby, listen inside the womb???

Baby 22th May 2017

Those arousing queries about your baby's well-being are all signals of your efforts in bearing an unsullied baby. Every mum-to-be, puts all her toil in carving a glistening future of her little one,
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MORNING SICKNESS?? HERE ARE SOME LIFE HACKS…

Health 18th May 2017

Nothing can blast the euphoria of discovering you're pregnant faster than morning sickness. Ahhh, morning sickness, the quintessential pregnancy experience, the very onset of GOOD NEWS bells ringing around!!
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PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS – GOOD OR BAD?? HAPPY OR SAD?? LET'S CHECK…..

Pregnancy 17th May 2017

Those nine months with a little one on the way is an experience that no mother can ever forget. Within the womb of a pretty young mum-to-be is a life that is being nurtured in a tiny corner of her tummy.
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DOCTOR'S ADVICE

Health 11th May 2017

These sounding words and advises of, whether you did this or did that? Is often heard from every corner you visit. Elderly women at home are always seen giving enormous advices to you every now and then,
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DAY BY DAY NEARING PREGNANCY

Pregnancy 10th May 2017

The great pregnancy journey is always on the priority list of every women stepping into pregnancy. It is a conscious take of every women to aim at this voyage with no hassles to deal with.
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DON'T LET STRESS PIERCE THROUGH YOUR FAMILY'S HARMONY BUBBLE!

Health 4th May 2017

Have you ever noticed, those fading smiles? Or those one liner responses at the dinner table? Or stopping your innocents from sharing their hearts, just because of those work calls? These thoughts are surrounding your family harmony,
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SUPERMOMS- YOU CAN DO IT!

Baby 3rd May 2017

The new generation moms are beautifully facing the "NEW-GEN" challenges. Announcing work- family balance in a room full of women, will bring forward some semi-hysteric laughter. Women being power house of energy does not stop her in being any less,
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My First True Desire to Have a Child

Science 22nd February 2017

Do you often dream about being a mother and most of your thoughts are related to how your child is going to be? How the life will be after he or she is born? Or often when you see other couples with their babies,
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Preterm birth linked to health problems in adolescence

Health 20th February 2017

Adolescents who were born extremely premature are much more likely to have chronic health problems than their peers who were delivered at full term, a Swedish study suggests.
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Social and Relationship Challenges

Parenting 17th February 2017

After a baby coming into your life, a new relationship arises in between parent and a child. It comprises of beautiful feelings, cute behaviors, and different sort of expectations.
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A glimpse into the workings of the baby brain

Baby 17th February 2017

MRI scans reveal surprising similarities in activity patterns of infant and adult visual cortex. In adults, certain regions of the brain's visual cortex respond preferentially to specific types of input
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Keys to recover from traumatic birth experience

Birth 17th February 2017

Childbirth is a very joyful and blissful time for few women despite of some discomforts. Women feels a sense of accomplishment when it is a hassle free childbirth.
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Emotional State after Pregnancy

Pregnancy 16th February 2017

Emotional health is a state of a human being. When a person feel happy and content, he has the ability to monitor the situations of stress, understand the worth of relationships, and comprehend the joyful experiences of life.
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Babies and Mothers Should NOT Be Separated After Birth, Here's Why

Birth 22th January 2017

Listening to Nils Bergman speak during the BirthWorks full-day preconference workshop, the audience of nurse midwives, doulas, medical doctors, and other birth professionals
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How cranial osteopathy can help soothe away your baby's colicky cries

Baby 27th January 2017

Get a group of new parents together and it won't take long before they start talking about sleep. Or more likely, the lack of it. The advice to 'sleep when your baby sleeps' is all well and good,
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Is love the key to baby brain development?

Baby 15th January 2017

We're all familiar with the saying that there is 'nothing stronger than a mother's love', and now it seems that scientists have proved this to be true – at least in terms of baby development.
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The social world of newborns Why babies are born to learn from our loving care

Baby 18th January 2017

Yes, newborns spend most of their time sleeping and and eating. Taking care of a new baby can feel like a series of mechanical tasks.But babies are much more than survival machines.
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Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys

Baby 12th January 2017

We often hear that boys need to be toughened up so as not to be sissies. Parent toughness toward babies is celebrated as "not spoiling the baby."
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Pregnancy Causes Lasting Changes in a Woman's Brain

Pregnancy 26th December 2016

Growing a human being is no small feat—just ask any newly pregnant woman. Her hormones surge as her body undergoes a massive physical transformation, and the changes don't end there.
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It's Well Known That Skin-to-Skin Is Good for Mom and Baby — Why Do Folks Still Need Convincing?

Baby 15th December 2016

Skin-to-skin contact between a mom and baby immediately after birth leads to the healthiest, most secure postnatal outcomes, particularly when it comes to breastfeeding, says a new study.
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PTSD in the nursery: When childbirth is traumatic, mothers often suffer in silence

Science 28th December 2016

For nearly a year after giving birth, she cried in secret every day. She thought if she told anyone how she really felt they would take the baby away...
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How brain cells move through newborn babies' brains

Science 25th October 2016

It's mind-blowing. These fuzzy green blobs show how brain cells move around inside a baby's brain. Continuing for months after birth, armies of neurons migrate through a baby's brain...
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Why the witch hunt of midwives is alive and well in 2016

Science 4th November 2016

The latest attack on Australian midwives has come from Australian Medical Association Queensland president Chris Zappala who stated in a media release this week that research showed perinatal death rates doubled when women...
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Playwrights challenge childbirth taboos

Baby 30th October 2016

A theatre festival has enlisted female playwrights from seven countries to give an airing to stories that are not normally widely discussed about having children - from questions around abortions to inadequate access to healthcare...
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WHY BREASTFEEDING CAN BE SO HARD AFTER A TRAUMATIC BIRTH – AND WHY IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT.

Baby 15th October 2016

I felt very frustrated when the midwife was acting like I wasn't trying to feed my baby. Of course I wanted to feed her! Of course I wanted to feel like I could do something right after such a disaster during the birth! Katie...
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This doctor pioneered a way to treat stress in children, a startling source of future disease

Health 9th November 2016

Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician in San Francisco, is advocating for all children to be screened for traumatic experiences, which, research shows, have a long-term impact on health...
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Why African Babies Don't Cry

Baby 20th October 2016

I was born and grew up in Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire. From the age of fifteen I lived in the UK. However, I always knew that I wanted to raise my children (whenever I had them) at home in Kenya...
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Updated guidelines on infant sleep highlight danger of parents' tiredness

Baby 6th November 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics updated its advice on how to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths in a policy statement released Monday...
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How a mother's voice shapes her baby's developing brain

Baby 10th October 2016

It is no surprise that a child prefers its mother's voice to those of strangers. Beginning in the womb, a foetus's developing auditory pathways sense the sounds and vibrations of its mother...
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Staying in Touch With Real Babies: Correcting the AAP

Baby 15th October 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) guide to sleep gives professional recommendations on how parents can "help baby develop healthy sleep habits during different stages of infancy...
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Do We Need A Declaration For The Rights Of The Baby?

Baby 29th October 2016

A few years ago, a 23-year-old released a video of her judge father beating her at age 16. Such abuse violates the Convention on the Rights of the Child (signed by most nations except for the USA and Somalia...
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Health Begins Before Birth: The Womb As The Cradle of Life

Birth 26th October 2016

When the director Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal asked me to be interviewed for her film In Utero, I was eager to accept. As a medical doctor concerned with addiction, physical and mental health...
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How Does Mother's Depression Affect the Fetal Brain? Look at the Amygdala

Science 21st September 2016

It is now widely accepted that there is an increased risk for depression among the children of mothers who suffer from depression. Exactly how this vulnerability to depression is...
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Perinatal psychiatry, birth trauma and perinatal PTSD

Science 16th September 2016

It is now blatantly clear that a woman's increased vulnerability to developing PTSD is closely linked to that fact that, when compared to a man, she is much more likely...
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Talking to baby in womb is key to mother's good health

Science 12th August 2016

I was a first time mother-to-be, nearing 40. I'd already had two miscarriages and I wasn't getting any younger and I could go on and on about the reasons that I was stressed.
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Study Links Delayed Cord Clamping to Improved Social & Motor Development

Science 14th June 2016

Swedish researchers have associated delayed clamping of a newborn's umbilical cord with higher social and fine-motor skills in preschool boys.
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Mom's voice activates many different regions in children's brains, study shows

Science 30th May 2016

Children's brains are far more engaged by their mother's voice than by voices of women they do not know, a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has found.
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The Fetal Senses:
A Classical View

Science 17th July 2016

The maternal womb is an optimal, stimulating, interactive environment for human development. Activity never ceases and a fetus is never isolated. Touch, the first sense, is the cornerstone...
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Importance of Prenatal Sound and Music

Science 25th July 2016

Introduction Music has played an important role in different cultures since time immemorial. It has profoundly affected human beings in their physical...
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When Does Parenting Begin? An Introduction

Birth 19th July 2016

In our culture, the majority opinion is that parenthood starts after birth. This view has been subtly fostered by medical scientists who think of a baby as physical matter...
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Physicists confirm there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

Science 22th June 2016

Theoretical physicists have confirmed that it's not just the information coded into our DNA that shapes who we are - it's also the way DNA folds itself that controls which genes are expressed inside our bodies.
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Introduction to Life
Before Birth

Birth 16th June 2016

Through many windows of observation, we can now see for the first time in human history what is actually happening in the womb. There is good news and bad news.
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Molecular mechanisms within fetal lungs initiate labor

Birth 8th July 2016

Previous studies have suggested that signals from the fetus initiate the birth process, but the precise molecular mechanisms that lead to labor remained unclear.
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7 Ways to Decrease Perinatal Depression

Birth 29th June 2016

The face of postpartum mental health is changing. What we once referred to as Postpartum Depression no longer encapsulates the breadth of challenges that a woman may experience after birth...
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Bring Awareness of the Necessity of The White House Hosting a Maternal Health Summit

Birth 11th June 2016

First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey has teamed up to host 'United State of Women' Summit at the White House starting June 14, 2016...
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What A New Baby Expects – From Birth to Going Home

Birth 25th May 2016

As new mothers, we expect to parent the way we have learned to parent – and there are many different styles. But a baby's 'expectations' are not learned.
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New ACOG Statement Says Forcing Treatment on Pregnant Women is Unethical

Birth 19th June 2016

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' Committee on Ethics released a new "Committee Opinion" this month that outlines what doctors should do when a woman refuses the treatment...
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Paying attention as the most exhausting part of parenting with ACEs

Science 5th June 2016

I used to sneak away for a hot bath as often as possible when my daughter was in the need-me-every-minute years. I'd soak long past...
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Too Small to Fail

Science 10th June 2016

The same study that unearthed that nutritional tragedy also found that on any given day, almost half of American toddlers drink soda or similar drinks, possibly putting the children on a trajectory toward obesity or diabetes.
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Why Babies Need
Dads Too

Science 22th June 2016

Fathers and mothers and other adults provide social experience for children throughout life. These experiences in early life establish how well the brain develops,not only for health and intelligence but sociality.
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Meditation Makes Your Pregnancy Smoother

Pregnancy 10th June 2016

Pregnancy can sometimes be stressful for you, but it can be made a joyful experience if you integrate your body, mind and spirit and use your spirit force as a panacea of all troubles during pregnancy...
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Is the Egg more Powerful than the Sperm?

Science 20th May 2016

The fact that children are affected by their surroundings is too obvious to bear repeating. Child development specialists have produced decades of research showing that the environment...
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Controlled Crying, Cortisol, and Attachment: A Critical Look

Science 12th June 2016

New research from Australia is making international headlines telling parents that they have "proven" that one form of extinction sleep training...
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Baby's Brain Begins Now: Conception to Age 3

Baby Health 05th June 2016

The fact that children are affected by their surroundings is too obvious to bear repeating. Child development specialists have produced decades of research showing that the environment...
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5 Tips for Baby
Conversations

Baby 12th June 2016

Babies pay attention to our emotional signals and tone of voice. They notice when we are responsive, and they learn fundamental communication skills when we talk to them one-on-one...
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Stress in Babies

BABIES 15th Sep 2015

Nobody wants a stressed-out baby. The stress is contagious, and chronic stress has long-term health consequences. When babies are exposed to high levels of the stress hormone, cortisol...
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The Surprising, Undeniable Power of Touch

SCIENCE 19th Nov 2015

My three sons are nearly all teenagers, but I remember the minutes immediately after each child's birth as sharply as if the boys had entered the world this morning...
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Health Lives In Your Mind, Not In Your Genes: Parents As Genetic Engineers

HEALTH 28th Jan 2016

Butter is not evil. I bet you've heard that. Many things we hold to be true are often disproven by science. So what if I told you that what you learned about genes and DNA in school is totally outdated? Just plain wrong...
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Why Babies Need to be Carried and Held - Breastfeeding Today

PARENTING 7th Sep 2011

I can't put my baby down! My baby always wants to be held. I can't get anything done." How many new mothers find themselves expressing these feelings after having had their first baby? When my fir...
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Robin Grille Speaks At UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Initiative Conference – Video

News 20th Dec 2015

Robin Grille, Kindred's Australian Contributing Editor and author of Parenting for a Peaceful World and Heart to Heart Parenting, speaks at UNICEF's Baby-Friendly Initiative in the United Kingdom i...Read More

Creating Sustainable Humans With Conscious Parenting: An Interview With Darcia Narvaez, PhD

PARENTING 9th Jan 2016

In this interview with Darcia Narvaez, PhD, listeners discover the connections between the neurobiology of brain development in babies and the current ecological, social and cultural crises created...Read More

Babies Remember Pain

BABY HEALTH 19th Jan 2016

In the feature below, David Chamberlain, PhD, birth psychology pioneer and co-founder of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, APPPAH, shares his insights into how and why babies feel pain in this classic and fully-cited essay. Read More

What your baby sees in you - the look of love

PARENTING 29th Jan 2016

Many people seem surprised to find how aware newborn babies can be. A healthy newborn can look as if he or she sees right into you. My daughter was just minutes old when our eyes met for the first time,Read More

Babies tell their stories. - Nikki Lee Health

BABY 12th Dec 2015

When I worked as a nurse in labor & delivery, and in postpartum, I was very good at avoiding circumcisions. I had a 6th sense about when they were due to be performed,Read More

Infants Judge People From The Tone of Their Voice

PARENTING 2nd Sep 2015

Infants prefer positive over negative voices, but it wasn't known if this information affects their social preferences. The ability to evaluate people's actions and intentions is an important skill.Read More

How the trauma of life is passed down in SPERM, affecting the mental health of future generationsk

BABY HEALTH 23rd Apr 2014

The children of people who have experienced extremely traumatic events are more likely to develop mental health problems. And new research shows this is because experiencing trauma leads to changes in the sperm.
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Post-birth skin-to-skin contact reduces up to 36% infant deaths

BIRTH 29th Dec 2015

A new research from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children's Hospital says that skin-to-skin contact may reduce deaths for infants with low birth weight.Read More

Is your Birth Experience still affecting you Today?

BIRTH 22nd Jan 2016

Just as a seed contains the blueprint for the life of a plant, the creation story of a human has a profound influence on their life. According to the father of Transpersonal Psychology,Read More

Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants

BABY HEALTH 16th May 2012

Skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her baby at birth reduces crying, and helps the mother to breastfeed successfully. In many cultures, babies are generally cradled naked on their mother's bare chest at birth.Read More

The Future Of C-Section Care Is Here -- And It's Way Better For Moms

HEALTH 8th Jan 2016

She lay on an operating table, in the throes of major abdominal surgery, but Jasmine Patel felt a sense of complete calm and focus the moment her baby girl was born.
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Technological vs Traditional: A Striking Look at How Childbirth is Shaped By Culture

BIRTH 6th Jul 2015

This is a special excerpt from the new autobiography of internationally renowned childbirth educator and anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger, finished shortly before her death in April 2015.Read More

Postpartum maternal oxytocin release by newborns: effects of infant hand massage and sucking.

BIRTH 21st Jan 2016

Newborns placed skin-to-skin with their mothers show an inborn sequence of behavior similar to that seen in other mammals. The purpose of this study was to make a detailed exploration of hand.Read More

Parent Touch, Play And Support In Childhood Vital To Well-being As An Adult

CHILD HEALTH 21st Dec 2016

Did you receive affection, play freely and feel supported in childhood? Childhood experiences like these appear to have a lot to do with well-being and moral capacities in adulthood.Read More

Study: Newborns, Especially Preemies, Experience Too Much Pain

BIRTH 20th Feb 2016

While not all premature babies experience complications, being born too early can cause short-term and long-term health problems. Preemies are more likely to struggle with everything from heart problems and breathing issues to delayed development and impaired vision.
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The Nurture Balance Sheet: How Much Is "Undercare" Costing Us? Part One

HEALTH 13th Feb 2016

In modern Western society, many parents are wrangled into ignoring or denying, to some degree, babies' natural needs for a high level of attention, bonding, and physical contact. Read More

The Nurture Balance Sheet: How Much Is "Undercare" Costing Us? Part Two

HEALTH 13th Feb 2016

To varying degrees, a compromised first year of life is the norm, because factions of our society rail against any aspect of parenting seen as interfering with women's career advancement. Read More

Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors

DNA 4th Feb 2016

Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop.Read More

The American Case For Paid Maternity Leave, A Ted Talks With Jessica Shortall

MATERNITY 29th Jan 2016

Driven by surprising data and punctuated with the raw stories of real working mothers, Jessica Shortall makes the impassioned case that the reality of new working motherhood in America is both hidden and horrible: millions of women, every year, are forced back to work within just weeks of giving birth.
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Exploring the Role of the Autonomic Nervous System on our Physical and Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

HEALTH 6th Dec 2015

Did you know that all of our body systems development, such as our immune, digestive, circulatory, immune and respiratory systems, are influenced by our in utero and birth experience and are controlled by the Autonomic Nervous System?Read More

Touch Best for Newborn Pain Management?

BABY HEALTH 26th Jan 2016

It is touch, and not drugs, that help newborns manage pain better. The fact is reiterated by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in its updated policy for prevention and pain management in babies.Read More

Research says it's OK to pick up your baby each time it cries

BABY HEALTH 5th Feb 2016

Parents, no pressure, but the success of our future society depends on you! New research points to cuddled children growing up to be healthier, less depressed, kinder, more empathetic, and more productive adults.Read More

Men Should Have Healthy Diet Before Conceiving, As Unborn Baby Influenced By Father's Choice Of Food

HEALTH 31st Dec 2015

Pregnant women are advised to alter their diet as they carry their babies to term. But when it comes to influencing an unborn child, what role do fathers play? Two new studies conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science reveal how their diets may have a powerful enough influence on their offspring's genes via sperm.
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New Research: Does Solitary Sleep Increase the Risk for Insecure Attachment?

HEALTH 2nd Feb 2016

One of the common refrains from sleep "experts" or trainers everywhere is the condemnation of bedsharing. Somehow, the act of sharing a sleep space with your child will lead to horrible results, Read More

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

HEALTH 8th Jan 2015

The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description because it's more precise than the shorthand most people use for life with a newborn: Everything changes.Read More

Pregnancy stress during 1998 ice storm linked to genetic changes in children after birth, study suggests

PREGNANCY 30th Sep 2014

The devastating ice storm of 1998 left a lasting impression, not just on the memories of those who lived through it, but on the DNA of children born in the aftermath.Read More

The Birthing Zone (Part 3): The Dance of the Inner Man

BIRTH 4th Jan 2016

Whilst preparing my presentation for the Homebirth Australia Conference (see Part 1) and recalling my partner's pregnancy dreams of the frog, the turtle and the rock (see Part 2), I unearthed further aspects of myself that assisted me in supporting my beloved in the birthing zone.
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Study Finds that Babies Form Memories In Utero

PREGNANCY 10th Feb 2016

Some people believe that we have unconscious memories from the moment we were conceived. A recent study has shed more light into a baby's memory before birth. The study on late stage, unborn babies has found that learning can occur from week 34 of the pregnancy.Read More

Infertility Treatments Don't Appear to Contribute to Developmental Delays in Offspring

PREGNANCY 4th Jan 2016

Children conceived via infertility treatments are no more likely to have a developmental delay than children conceived without such treatments, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the New York State Department of Health and other institutions.Read More

New research finds babies should wake at night

SCIENCE 20th May 2015

The study led by the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences asked mothers with a baby aged 6 - 12 months how often their child woke in the night and whether they fed their baby when it did.Read More

Infants 1 Kg Or Less at Birth at Greater Risk for Bullying, Mental Illness

HEALTH 20th Feb 2016

A new study from Canada's McMaster University finds that infants born at an extremely low birth weight are more likely to be bullied later as children, and this significantly increases their odds for developing mental health problems as adults.
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DNA Is Not Destiny

DNA 15th Feb 2016

Discoveries in the exciting new field of epigenetics suggest that fetal and early child environments literally become part of us. Experiences, scientists have learned, can leave chemical marks, called the epigenome, on our DNA, especially during the early years. The epigenome acts like a dimmer switch or volume control, turning genes on or off, making them shout or whisper. Read More

The Myth Of "Breastfeeding Is Optional"

BREASTFEEDING 25th Jan 2016

Breastfeeding is optional for a mother these days. She can choose not to do it. And without social support and pressure to be a "true" feminist, this seems like the "right" thing to do. Baby will usually stay alive with infant formula (despite its many risks including that it is the only consistent link to SIDS).Read More

Jasper is the Color of Love, a Birth Story

BIRTH 1st Feb 2016

I revised my birth story many times hoping to capture my audience in a way that would create emotion and thoughtfulness but, out of a personal desire to incorporate the private struggles that ultimately Read More