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Women Doctors Say They're Penalized for Motherhood

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THURSDAY, Dec. 13, 2018 – Women juggling a medical career and motherhood often face significant workplace discrimination, a new study finds. Researchers conducted an online survey of U.S. doctors who were mothers. The age range was 24 to 62, and most worked more than 40 hours a week. Common complaints included less chance of career development; financial penalties; lack of support before and ...

Old-Fashioned Play Beats Digital Toys for Kids, Pediatricians Say

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MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 – If you're shopping for toys this holiday season, make sure some simple, old-fashioned items are on your list, pediatricians say. In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is making recommendations on the best toys to buy for babies and young children. The bottom line: The traditional beats the digital. "This report is addressing the substantial change ...

Early Language Skills Tied to Higher IQ Decades Later

Posted 22 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 22, 2018 – How quickly children pick up language skills may help predict their IQ in middle age, a new Danish study suggests. The researchers found a significant association between IQ test results at age 50 and the speed at which participants achieved a number of developmental milestones in childhood. "Most studies of the relationship between the speed of early language ...

Two Factors at Birth Can Boost a Child's Obesity Risk

Posted 14 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Kids who were born large and whose mothers developed a form of diabetes during pregnancy have nearly triple the odds of becoming overweight or obese in childhood, new research shows. "Just like smoking, alcohol consumption and other lifestyle choices, [women's] weight prior to getting pregnant, and weight gain and blood sugar control during pregnancy may have a ...

Doctors Aren't Promoting Breastfeeding's Cancer-Protection Benefit

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – Few American mothers learn from their health care providers that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed more than 700 mothers. Of the 92 percent who said they'd breastfed, 56 percent said they knew that breastfeeding reduced breast cancer risk before they made the decision to nurse. However, only 16 percent of those ...

Your 6-Month-Old Isn't Sleeping Through the Night? Relax

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 – If your 6-month-old still wakes up at 2 a.m., a new study suggests you don't lose any additional sleep worrying about it. Even if she's still not getting six to eight hours of uninterrupted shut-eye at night by her first birthday, it doesn't mean your baby isn't developing normally. And, rest assured, it probably won't hurt your child's thinking, language or motor skills ...

Navigating New Parent Nerves

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2018 – A newborn can bring a sense of fulfillment to your life … and an equal amount of stress over everything from baby's health to your own parenting skills. A few simple strategies can help both mom and dad relax. First, expect to feel many different, often contradictory emotions. You might go from pure bliss as you look at your baby to complete panic at not being able to d ...

Dad's Age May Play Role in Pregnancy Outcomes

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – More men are delaying fatherhood, and new research suggests that might raise the risk of both birth complications and infant health problems. When new fathers are aged 45 or older, there's an increased chance of preterm birth, infant seizures and even gestational diabetes in the mother, the study found. "When you think about fertility, don't forget the father. Having a ...

Experts Sound Warning About 'Baby Boxes'

Posted 18 Oct 2018 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 18, 2018 – Cardboard baby boxes are gaining fans, but are they as safe as cribs and bassinets? Experts say no. Without supporting evidence, "the cardboard baby box should not be promoted as a safe sleeping space, but as only a temporary substitute if nothing else is available," said Peter Blair, a professor at the University of Bristol in England, and colleagues. There's no proof ...

U.S. Birth Rates Continue to Drop as Age of New Moms Rises

Posted 17 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – American women are having fewer children, and they're having them later in life, a new government report shows. "Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility," said report author Danielle Ely, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Jennifer ...

C-Section Rates Have Nearly Doubled Since 2000: Study

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – The number of women delivering babies via cesarean section has nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, to about 21 percent, new research shows. That's significantly higher than the 10 percent to 15 percent considered medically necessary, researchers said. When complications develop, C-sections can save the lives of mothers and their babies. But the surgery is not risk-free ...

Major Childbirth Complications More Likely for Black Women

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 – Black women have the highest risk of life-threatening birth complications in the United States, a new study finds. Compared to whites, black women had a 70 percent higher rate of major birth problems, the University of Michigan researchers reported. "Celebrities like Serena Williams who have shared their birth-related emergency stories publicly have drawn the national ...

Early Pushing in Childbirth Won't Hurt Mom or Baby, Study Finds

Posted 9 Oct 2018 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 – Expectant moms will want to read this. Pushing sooner during childbirth is just as safe for most women and babies as pushing later, researchers report. The best time to start pushing during labor has been a matter of debate. Many U.S. hospitals recommend delaying pushing, but evidence has been inconclusive. This new study of 2,400 first-time moms found early pushing ...

Women Who Breastfeed Longer More Likely to Have More Kids

Posted 26 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 – Moms who breastfeed their first child for at least five months are likely to have more kids than women who stop sooner or bottle-feed, a new study suggests. The finding comes from an analysis of data on nearly 3,700 mothers collected between 1979 and 2012. Cornell University researchers compared how many children each woman hoped to have before getting pregnant to ...

Overweight in Pregnancy? Here's How to Keep Excess Pounds at Bay

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – Heather Kinion never spent much time thinking about her weight. But when she got pregnant, that changed. "My sister had a baby a few years before me and had gained a bunch of weight, and she still hadn't lost it when I got pregnant," Kinion said. So the Chicago-area mom-to-be was happy to sign up for a nutritional counseling program her doctor's office was offering as ...

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