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Is the New Supreme Court Ruling Really a Victory for Pregnant Workers?

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In response to yesterday's Young v. UPS Supreme Court ruling, headlines have touted the decision as a victory for pregnant women. Yes, the Court says pregnant workers are entitled to the same workplace accommodations given to similarly restricted workers. But beyond that, the ruling isn't as definitive as you might think. Essentially, the battle isn't over for Read more

How Much Should You Pay Your Babysitter?

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What's the going rate for a sitter on your block? Based on a new study from Care.com, the average babysitter takes home $13.50 per hour. And that's just for one kid. The numbers vary quite a bit from city to city; in San Francisco, for example, the average rate of a babysitter is... Read more

Fetuses of Smoking Moms Grimace in Ultrasound

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You know you shouldn't smoke during pregnancy. But now there's photographic evidence urging you not to. Using 4-D ultrasounds, researchers at Durham and Lancaster universities in the UK found that fetuses of smoking mothers touched themselves and moved their mouths significantly more than the rate typically expected at 24, 28, 32 and 36 weeks.... Read more

Photographer Travels the Country to Capture Diverse Families

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Brooklyn-based photographer Michele Crowe has been photographing families for years. But redundant shots of traditional families got her thinking -- it was time to cast her net wider. So began "The Universal Family" project. While still primarily based in the northeast, Crowe has traveled to California, Colorado and Texas for the project. Soon, she'll leave... Read more

Does the Newborn Heel Prick Test Pose Privacy Concerns?

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Right after birth, babies quickly have their heels pricked. A few drops of blood are collected on a card with your child's name and taken to the lab to be tested for approximately 40 genetic diseases. But what happens next? That card typically goes into long-term storage, where it may later be retrieved and given to medical... Read more

5 Things That Cause Divorce More Than Sweatpants and Orange Crocs

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It looks like Eva Mendes, mom to four-month-old Esmeralda Amada, won't be succumbing to the elastic-waist glory that is new motherhood. When "Extra" host AJ Calloway asked her if she ever wears comfy clothes at home, Mendes had quite the response. "No, no no," she said. "Sweatpants? No, no, no, no, no. You can't do... Read more

Should Strollers Get the Same Priority as Wheelchairs on Public Transportation?

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Babies and public transportation rarely go well together. But one Chicago mom is trying to create a smoother ride. Michelle Parker started a Change.org petition requesting the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) grant stroller users the same rights as wheelchair users. Essentially, that means caretakers wouldn't have to fold up strollers to board the bus. Here's the thing:... Read more

Good News for SAHMs with a Starbucks Addiction

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Full disclosure: We have a Starbucks in our office building, and we're still excited about this news. The coffee giant announced it will launch a delivery service in the second half of 2015. So no more wrangling your kids into the car (presumably bribing them with cake pops) when you need to make a coffee... Read more

Birchbox and BabyGap Team Up for New Moms

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Another added perk of motherhood: a guilt-free treat from Birchbox. Yep, for a limited time, the subscription beauty service is offering a tailor-made limited-edition kit for new moms. Along with a babyGap garment for your little one, each box includes fun cosmetics for mom, including: amika Nourishing Hair Mask Not Soap, Radio Body Wash in... Read more

Yikes! What the Paleo Diet Could Mean for Baby

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Some scary health concerns are putting the publication of a new cookbook for new moms, babies and toddlers on hold. Specifically, health officials are worried paleo recipes might actually kill babies. Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way is the latest cookbook from Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans. It's a collaboration with mom blogger Charlotte Carr and naturopath Helen Padarin. Recipes... Read more