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World Autism Awareness Day: What You Need to Know

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Seeing a lot of blue outfits today? It's the color people are wearing to support World Autism Awareness Day. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the US have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). What does that mean exactly? Could your child be at risk? And if so, what then? We’ve got answers. Some children are... Read more

Are Fruits and Veggies Messing with Your Man's Fertility?

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Eating fruits and veggies is never a bad thing, right? You'll just want to make sure you wash them first, since a new study links their pesticide residue to a decline in sperm quality. You already know pesticides are pesky when it come to baby making -- studies have linked pesticide exposure during... Read more

What's Going On with Reproductive Rights in Tennessee?

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It's happened four times in five years: Nashville prosecutors have used sterilization as a bargaining tool in the courtroom. And now, the district attorney has banned it. Wondering how it's even possible for the law to interfere with a woman's reproductive rights like this? Three of the four cases involve moms who gave birth to babies... Read more

Game Changer! Cincinnati Reds Build Nursery for Moms (Photos)

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We're still a week away from baseball season's Opening Day, but one major league team has already hit a home run for new moms. The Cincinnati Reds are ready to debut an in-stadium nursery within the Great American Ballpark. After requests from moms for a private place to feed babies at the park, the Reds partnered with... Read more

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