news

Why Did This Photo of Professor Holding a Baby Go Viral?

Professor holding a baby while teachingImgur
At first glance, nothing about this photo seems particularly special; it's a man holding a baby. But then you notice a parabola. And you figure out he's a professor. And then you learn the whole story. "So one of the students came with her kid, because she didn't have a babysitter," the original photo caption,... Read more

US Navy Plans to Double Maternity Leave to 12 Paid Weeks

American flag over waterThinkstock
Our government may not have beefed up the federal maternity leave policy just yet, but our military is paving the way. During a speech this morning at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus unveiled a proposal that would double the amount of paid maternity time for both sailors and... Read more

Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks

premature baby footThinkstock
For preemies, every day in the mother's womb makes a huge difference. But what exactly does it mean to be a preemie? Technically, any baby born before week 37 is considered premature, however, 24 weeks is the commonly-held age of viability in the medical community. But a new study suggests survival might be possible at... Read more

John Oliver Criticizes US Maternity Leave

YouTubeYouTube
We talk about the United States's less-than-stellar parental leave policy a lot. And chances are you've already experienced it. But in honor of Mother's Day, John Oliver is spreading the word to his HBO audience on Last Week Tonight. And with a mix of humor and sincere frustration, we're hoping his message gets taken seriously.... Read more

Noah, Emma Top Most Popular Baby Names

swaddled baby nameiStock
The results are in: Emma and Noah top the lists of most popular baby names for 2014. That's the word from the Social Security Administration's annual report on baby names, released every May. Emma is reclaiming the number one spot, a position it held back in 2008. And Noah remains no. 1 for... Read more

Stem Cells Boost IVF Odds: Meet Baby Zain

stem cell baby ZainTIME
Alphabetically speaking, he'll always be last. But baby Zain just pioneered a big first: He's the first baby born with an assist from stem cells. The method, called Augment, is a new fertility technique out of Canada that doctors anticipate will boost IVF success rates. Rather than using donor eggs as IVF patients sometimes do... Read more

Amazon Drops 'Boys' and 'Girls' as Toy Categories

babies playing with toysShutterstock
It's 2015, people! That means gender equality starts at playtime. Amazon eliminated gendered categories from its primary filtering options on the Toys & Games page. While you could previously search based on categories like gender, age range, price range and interests, the gender column has been removed. While the change is subtle, it's... Read more

Blind Mom 'Meets' Her Baby Through 3D Printed Ultrasound (WATCH)

pregnant woman holding sonogramThinkstock
Seeing your sonogram for the first time is an incredible moment for moms-to-be. But what about if you can't see at all? Tatiana Guerra, 30, has been blind since age 17. At 20 weeks pregnant, she went in for an ultrasound, and her doctor asked her to describe what she thought... Read more

Mom Gives Birth on the Same Day as Kate Middleton -- Twice

Monika TanoYouTube
In the latest royal baby news, one Birmingham, England woman's motherhood experience is paralleling Duchess Kate Middleton's. Monika Tano welcomed her first daughter on July 22, 2013, the same day Prince George was born. And she recently gave birth to another baby girl, who shares a May 2 birthday with Princess Charlotte.... Read more

Why Premature Girls Do Better Than Boys

Premature baby with tubesGetty
We're not necessarily saying girls rule, boys drool, but a new study finds that preemie girls are beating boys to some important early skills. After analyzing 2,700 preterm infants in level III NICUs born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, Loyola University Medical Center researchers pinpointed exactly when preemies can feed on their own. On average,... Read more