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Stop Fat-Shaming Babies: One Mom's Story

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When it comes to her infant daughter's weight, Caroline Stanley has heard it all. "Mushy, huge, enormous, gigantic, and a chunky monkey," she lists in a Refinery29 article, "among other things." Stanley actually found it funny the first time a stranger ever pointed out her baby's weight, but when it kept happening, she stopped... Read more

Woman Adopts 4 Kids Of Best Friend, A Cancer Victim

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This isn't your average pinky promise between BFFs. When single mom Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with stage IV brain cancer in August 2014, she asked her best friend if she would take care of her four daughters if anything were to happen to her. Laura Ruffino, pals with Diamond since fifth grade, didn't hesitate for a second.... Read more

How Does Your State Rank In Child Well-Being?

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It’s a great time to raise children in the Midwest and New England. These regions include eight of the top 10 states (along with New Jersey and Utah) that have the highest overall well-being for American children, according to new information released from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual KIDS COUNT Data Book.... Read more

Hospital Throws Leukemia Patient, 4, Dream Wedding

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Here's proof that you only need 12 hours to plan the perfect wedding. Earlier this week, Matt Hickling, a nurse at the Melodies Center at the Albany Medical Center, got word that one of his usual patients was coming into the clinic. But 4 year old Abby, who has Leukemia, had more than just treatment on her... Read more

Leah Still, 5, Takes Home ESPY Award (Video)

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The Jimmy V. Perseverance Award at last night's ESPY awards went to an inspiring little girl who's battled a big fight. Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still accepted the award on behalf of his daughter Leah, age 5. Leah was unable to attend the ESPYs; she's still recovering from chemotherapy treatment for her Stage IV neuroblastoma, a rare... 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

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

#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