Pumping On A Business Trip? IBM Has You Covered

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Big news from Big Blue: IBM plans to launch a new service to ship breast milk from moms traveling on business trips home to their babies. Like several other companies, IBM is seeking to improve its female retention rates (although the corporation has seen a 562 percent increase in the number of women executives since... Read more

How Temporary Names Put Newborns At Risk

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What's in a name? As it turns out, important safety provisions. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that newborns' "temporary" names, like Babyboy and Babygirl, can lead to major consequences in the hospital. "There can be no delay in providing identification wristbands to newborns," the study says. That means... Read more

How Charging To See Preemies Kept Them Alive

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Twenty five cents. That's how much it cost to see the tiny, premature babies Dr. Martin Couney exhibited at a Coney Island sideshow. Beginning in 1896, Couney showcased preemies at world fairs and amusement parks. Like a bearded lady or contortionist, preemies were there to be gawked at. But Couney's exhibits had a higher purpose --... Read more

Pregnant Mom Of Two Battles Inoperable Brain Tumor

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Pregnancy headaches are common. Annoying, for sure, but generally nothing to worry about. That's what Jessica Herbert reminded herself during her third pregnancy. But one night, things got serious. "In early March, while I was sleeping, I had a seizure and started foaming at the mouth," Herbert, 30, tells PEOPLE. "My husband... Read more

Volvo Puts Baby Car Seat In The Front Seat

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Talk about turning heads. By placing a rear-facing baby car seat in the front of the vehicle, Volvo is introducing a new concept for car seat safety. The reasoning seems intuitive; it will be easier for parents to get baby in and out of the car and to keep an eye on him during the drive.... Read more

Asbestos Investigation: The Brands You Need To Avoid

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Yikes! Several children's products -- crayons and toy crime scene fingerprint kits -- were found to contain asbestos. You know that's not good, but why, exactly? Asbestos -- a naturally-occuring mineral fiber previously used in things like building materials  -- contains fibers that can be lodged in the lungs for a long time after inhaled. That... Read more

Thanks To Frozen, 'Elsa' Cracks List Of Top 500 Names

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Call it the power of Disney. According to the most recent Social Security Administration data for 2014, Elsa snagged a spot on the top 500 baby names in the United States. Think it's not such a big deal? This is the first time since 1917 (!) that the name has made the cut, reporting in at... Read more

Company Asks Female Employees To Schedule Their Pregnancies (No Joke)

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Unsurprisingly, since this is The Bump, after all, it seems like everyone in our office is pregnant. And luckily, that's totally fine. That's not the case for one Chinese firm, who instructed female employees to schedule their pregnancies. The credit union in Jiaozuo, Henan, reportedly announced the policy via email. "Only married female workers who... Read more

US Navy Triples Maternity Leave To 18 Paid Weeks

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Our government may not have beefed up the federal maternity leave policy just yet, but our military is paving the way, tripling the amount of paid leave previously offered to female sailors and marines. During a speech at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in May, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal that... Read more

One Year Later, Parents' Vaccine Views Are Changing

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Vaccines have taken center stage in the United States this year -- and the more headlines they make, the more parents support them, says a national poll. The National Poll on Children's Health, released by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, asked parents across the United States how their views of vaccinations have changed from 2014... Read more