After 7 Years, US Birth Rate On The Rise

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Yep, you read that right: The US birth rate is on the rise. We know you're used to us reporting about how it's falling, but a recent CDC study found that 2014 rates were up 1 percent from 2013. And nobody appreciates baby steps more than we do. Why is such a small increase significant?... Read more

Babies Know When You're Sad, Study Finds

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If you're the type to keep a blank face when things go wrong, baby can see right through you -- and even empathize with you -- a new study published in the journal Infant Behavior and Development reveals. The study posed two scenarios to a group of 71 babies who were all around 18 months old. Half of... Read more

Baby-Led Choreography Is A Thing

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"Squatting, collapsing, flat-footed running -- ...these adults are moving like babies." Straight out of a review from The New York Times, that assessment really nails it. Because, after all, the performance described was inspired by a 14 month old and a 5 year old. Milkdreams, the latest performance at La Mama in New York... Read more

Better Perception Skills, Better Chance Of Autism

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Roughly one out of every 68 kids are diagnosed with autism in the US, although not usually before ages four or five. But new research is identifying superior perceptual skills linked to the disorder early in infancy, before the onset of other symptoms. And it's suggesting this advanced perception be the hallmark of autism, rather than social... Read more

Why Your Preconception Diet Matters

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Focused on maintaining a healthy pregnancy diet? Keep it up! But know that what you eat before you get pregnant matters too -- affecting baby's cancer risk and vulnerability to infection. That's the word from a new study published in Genome Biology. While a child's DNA is passed on from parents, environmental factors -- including diet... Read more

Ban Babies' Ear Piercings, Growing UK Petition Demands

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Thousands of people have signed a petition in the hopes of outlawing ear piercing for babies and toddlers in England. "Other forms of physically harming children are illegal -- this should be no different," writes UK mother Susan Ingram, who addressed the petition to Minister of Children Edward Timpson. She doesn't mince words, calling the act... Read more

92-Year-Old Proves It's Never Too Late To Adopt

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We love a good adoption story -- a reminder that everyone's road to starting a family is different. And this one is particularly unique. The new mom? Muriel Clayton, a 92-year-old Dallas resident. The adopted daughter? Her 76-year-old cousin, Mary Smith. While the mother-daughter relationship was only made official this week in a Dallas... Read more

Richard Branson Offers A Year Of Parental Leave To Virgin Employees

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It makes sense that if anyone were to one-up all existing parental leave policies, it would be Richard Branson. Yesterday, the Virgin Group founder unveiled plans to offer a year of full paid leave for new moms and new dads. "If you take care of your employees they will take care of your business. That... Read more

Could This Epilepsy Drug Cure Postpartum Depression?

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Four new moms suffered from postpartum depression for months, but just days after trying an experimental epilepsy drug, their symptoms were as good as gone. The women were each injected with a dose of SAGE-547, a drug originally created by Sage Therapeutics to treat epileptic seizures. All four mothers had been admitted to the hospital, where they... Read more

Why Are Celebrities Tweeting About Batten Disease?

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Four-year-old Charlotte and two-year-old Gwenyth look like healthy, normal little girls. And they are, for now. But the Gray sisters both have Batten Disease, meaning their life expectancy is only six to twelve years old. They're the daughters of film producer Gordon Gray, each diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease that's both fast and fatal. While... Read more