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Surprise! 4-Year-Old Gets Baby Sister for Her Birthday

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Four-year-old Madison is SO EXCITED to be getting a new sibling. "I'm gonna be a sister!" she squeals after opening a framed photo of her soon-to-be-adopted sibling. The new addition to the family doubles as Madison's birthday surprise. Mom Katherine Peck says Madison, also adopted, has been praying for a sister for two years. "I knew I... Read more

This MSNBC Interview is an Ode to Working Moms

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Last-minute live interviews and commentary from experts are the stuff of TV news. And Rebecca Traister's March 3 interview on MSNBC was nothing out of the ordinary -- except for the fact her sleeping baby was on camera for five-minute interview too. Traister, senior editor at The New Republic, was officially on maternity leave. But she didn't want... Read more

Louisiana Baby Born with Half of Heart

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The upside is that they caught the problem early. Aiden Rodgers, now 10 months old, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) as a 20-week-old fetus. Affecting about one in 6,000 live births, HLHS is a defect that causes the left side of the heart to stop developing. An underdeveloped left ventricle, mitral valve... Read more

Patriotic Baby or Flag Violation?

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Photographer and veteran Vanessa Hicks is used to putting others in the spotlight. But she's found herself in the center of a media controversy. Hicks, owner of Vanessa Hicks Photography, posted a photo of her fellow navy veteran holding his newborn in an American flag. Feedback was mostly positive, until the Facebook page... Read more

Dad Gives a Delicious Lesson in Geography

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Step aside, Pancake Dad; Chris Durso is laying out a map of America via food. The former art director and self-declared "creative professional and food satirist" is carefully crafting all 50 states out of different foods, working hard to create a pun every time. Think "Kaleifornia," "Piedaho" and, our favorite so far, "New... Read more

A Kinder, Gentler C-Section?

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A c-section probably isn't the empowering, magical birthing experience you had in mind; there's a lot more sterility and a lot less bonding. But family-centered cesareans are gaining popularity, and making the whole procedure a little bit gentler. Also referred to as a natural cesarean, the technique has a two-fold aim: to help mom feel... Read more

The Most Progressive Maternity Policy We've Seen Yet

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Reduced hours on a full salary? Sixteen weeks of paid time off, minimum? It's the maternity leave policy of dreams. And one telecommunications company is making it worldwide company policy by the end of the year. Vodafone Group announced a global minimum for its maternity leave policy on Friday, mandating all 30 of its companies... Read more

Does Praise Turn Kids Into Narcissists? Study Makes Case for Tough Love

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We all think our kids are the greatest, right? You just might want to be careful with how much you let them know it. It's kind of a lose-lose. Praise your children too much, or treat them as more deserving than others, and they become narcissistic. That's the social learning theory. But if you withhold... Read more

8-Month Pregnant Model Draws Criticism

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If Sarah Stage hadn't been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram all along, you might not even believe the model is pregnant. The 30-year-old LA mom-to-be is eight-and-a-half months along, and is drawing criticism for her barely there bump.   Assuming her caption is accurate, there's a five-pound baby in there! How does that stack up to a standard... Read more

Federal Committee Revisits Pregnancy Tuna Debate

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The great debate has been reopened. Once again, how much tuna pregnant women should eat is up in the air. In June, the FDA proposed pregnant women should eat between 8-12 ounces of low-mercury fish per week, which can include light canned tuna (but only up to 6 oz. of tuna). But by August,... Read more