health

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

How Australia is Cracking Down on Anti-Vaxxers

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Not one to tiptoe around controversial topics, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the growing anti-vaccination movement yesterday by announcing a cutoff of welfare and childcare rebates for parents who opt out of vaccinating their kids. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that starting January 1, 2016, "conscientious objectors" to immunization will no longer receive childcare... Read more

Six-Day-Old Newborn Becomes UK's Youngest Organ Donor

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The first successful organ donation from a newborn in the United Kingdom occurred last week in Hammersmith Hospital, London, according to the Fetal & Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood. The groundbreaking organ donation consisted of both kidneys, which were transplanted to a patient with renal failure, and liver cells (hepatocytes), which were transfused... Read more

Essential Oils for Labor and Delivery

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Essential oils have been taking the world by storm lately, and for good reason. Essential oils* are a fantastic way to enhance and sustain your health. I also found them to be absolutely vital during the birth of our son. They played a big role in relieving pain and encouraging energy and focus when I was... Read more

Stressing Out During Your Pregnancy Could be Bad for Baby’s Health

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According to new research performed by Dr. Petra Arck, stressing out during your pregnancy might put baby at an increased risk for asthma and eczema. The study, performed at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf in Germany, examined data from 994children and their mothers who had participated in an Australian pregnancy study. Starting out,... Read more