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#TBT: Birth Control Hit Shelves 55 Years Ago

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In 1960, two little words rocked the worlds of American women: "The Pill." Although the FDA had previously given the green light for hormone pills, this approval was limited to ones that treated menstrual issues, like irregular cycles or PMS. In May of 1960, that all changed when the FDA approved Enovid as the first-ever hormone pill... Read more

Adoption, Pregnancy And Breast Cancer: Stephanie Hosford's Story

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After being diagnosed with breast cancer, 37-year-old Stephanie Hosford decided to go ahead with her plans to finalize an adoption of a little girl from China. Three days after the cancer diagnosis, Hosford learned she was pregnant, and decided to go ahead with that too. "I'm really proud of myself," Hosford tells Cosmopolitan. "I feel... Read more

Summer Food Safety Tips for Pregnant Women

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Between BBQs, road trips and beach days, it’s summer time and the livin’s easy, right? Well, not so fast. Having a carefree summer is a bit trickier when you’re pregnant, thanks to elevated hormones and a weakened immune system. Plus, you’re at greater risk for developing certain foodborne illnesses caused by bacteria such as Listeria... Read more

Why You Might Want to Ask Your Doctor to Wait Before Cutting Baby's Cord

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Though it's been a hot topic for years, new research may seriously influence how long you and your partner wait before cutting baby's umbilical cord. A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that while there's no different in IQ, children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher... Read more

Protecting Preemies with Plastic

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Here's a sentence you don't hear every day: "I’m so proud of my freezer bag babies." That's a direct quote from mom of two Emma Blakey, whose daughter and son were both wrapped in plastic bags soon after being born. And it very likely saved their lives. Blakey first delivered a daughter, Willow, at 29 weeks,... Read more

Your Neighborhood Can Determine Baby's Life Expectancy

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You want baby to live a long and happy life. And a few miles can make all the difference, according to a series of maps released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and Virginia Commonwealth University. The nonprofit organization researched average life expectancies by neighborhood in a number of US cities. The title of the project, "Short Distances to Large... Read more

Diabetic Woman Makes History, Gives Birth Naturally with Artificial Pancreas

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Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins, a 41-year-old new mother with Type 1 diabetes, has a lot to be excited about. Not only did she just give birth to her second child, Euan, on Tuesday, but she did so naturally after using an artificial pancreas that monitored her glucose levels and produced insulin throughout her pregnancy. The proud mom participated in a... Read more

Study: Beat Breast Cancer By Breastfeeding

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Breastfeeding is one of the greatest gifts you can give your baby, but did you know that it works wonders on your own body too? A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of recurrence of the luminal A subtype of breast cancer (the most... Read more

"Paralyzed Bride" Rachelle Friedman Chapman Welcomes Baby Girl Via Surrogate

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Rachelle Friedman Chapman is making headlines again-- but this time, it's a happy occasion. You might remember Chapman as the "paralyzed bride" who broke her neck after being playfully pushed in a pool during her bachelorette party. The freak accident left her paralyzed from the neck down, and put the life she'd expected with husband Chris Chapman... Read more

Big Baby? Induction May Be the Way to Go

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For women pregnant with big babies, choosing to induce labor can have big benefits, European researchers discovered in a recent study. The researchers, including Michel Boulvain, MD of Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland, wanted to see if labor induction could lessen the chance of shoulder dystocia in large babies. The condition, in which baby's head delivers but then... Read more