Saying Goodbye to Lamaze Educator Elisabeth Bing

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Obituaries aren't really our thing at The Bump. But Friday's passing of 100 year-old Elisabeth Bing, a childbirth pioneer, has us revisiting the history of the method she promoted so tirelessly: Lamaze. While working as a physical therapist in London, Bing observed that childbirth was being treated more like a disease than something to be celebrated.... Read more

California Vaccination Bill Moves Forward

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A California bill aimed at forcing parents to vaccinate their children has cleared the state senate. In a 25-10 victory, the bill prohibits parents from not vaccinating kids for religious or philosophic beliefs (medical exemptions can still be made). The next step? The bill will move to the state assembly. This bill is not the... Read more

Hold Off on Giving Baby Antibiotics, Study Suggests

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Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs for kids -- in 2010, they accounted for a quarter of all medications for children. But studies are indicating they may be over-prescribed, and this has the biggest effect on infants. A new study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe synthesized hundreds of past studies, concluding... Read more

Why Did This Photo of Professor Holding a Baby Go Viral?

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At first glance, nothing about this photo seems particularly special; it's a man holding a baby. But then you notice a parabola. And you figure out he's a professor. And then you learn the whole story. "So one of the students came with her kid, because she didn't have a babysitter," the original photo caption,... Read more

US Navy Plans to Double Maternity Leave to 12 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. During a speech this morning at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal that would double the amount of paid maternity time for both sailors and... Read more

Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks

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For preemies, every day in the mother's womb makes a huge difference. But what exactly does it mean to be a preemie? Technically, any baby born before week 37 is considered premature, however, 24 weeks is the commonly-held age of viability in the medical community. But a new study suggests survival might be possible at... Read more

John Oliver Criticizes US Maternity Leave

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We talk about the United States's less-than-stellar parental leave policy a lot. And chances are you've already experienced it. But in honor of Mother's Day, John Oliver is spreading the word to his HBO audience on Last Week Tonight. And with a mix of humor and sincere frustration, we're hoping his message gets taken seriously.... Read more

Family Size on the Rise for Highly Educated Women

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Highly-educated women (think postgrads and beyond) are going against the grain. While studies show the US birth rate continues to shrink, especially among millennials, a new Pew Research Center analysis shows women with a higher education are actually having more kids. Over the last two decades, the number of educated women... Read more

Noah, Emma Top Most Popular Baby Names

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The results are in: Emma and Noah top the lists of most popular baby names for 2014. That's the word from the Social Security Administration's annual report on baby names, released every May. Emma is reclaiming the number one spot, a position it held back in 2008. And Noah remains no. 1 for... Read more

Amazon Drops 'Boys' and 'Girls' as Toy Categories

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It's 2015, people! That means gender equality starts at playtime. Amazon eliminated gendered categories from its primary filtering options on the Toys & Games page. While you could previously search based on categories like gender, age range, price range and interests, the gender column has been removed. While the change is subtle, it's... Read more