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'Paralyzed Bride' Rachelle Friedman Talks New Mom Life

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If you're anything like us, you probably had a ton of questions when you heard Rachelle Friedman Chapman, referred to as the "Paralyzed Bride," welcomed a baby via surrogate last month. From the logistical -- how does she hold her daughter? -- to the emotional -- is she still friends with the girl who playfully pushed... Read more

SIDS Slightly Linked to Elevation, Study Finds

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Babies who live at higher elevations may be at a higher risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, a new study finds. How high are we talking? Any elevation 8,000 feet or more above sea level. But if you call this height home, there's no need to pack up just yet. "The absolute risk... Read more

Grab Your Tissues: Here's the 'Batkid Begins' Trailer

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A year and a half ago, he took over Gotham City. And next month, he's taking over the big screen. The trailer for Batkid Begins was just released, chronicling the story of Miles Scott -- also known as Batkid -- a leukemia survivor whose Make a Wish journey went viral. The then-five-year-old Miles... Read more

Celebrities Team Up for Red Nose Day Festivities

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Red Nose Day has a serious mission -- raising money and awareness for kids living in poverty. But the approach is far from serious, and so far, it's doing a good job of making us laugh. First, Nick Cannon committed to a 24-hour dance marathon. https://twitter.com/rednoseday/status/601275623324131328 Then, Coldplay wrote a Game of Thrones musical. Now, Ed... Read more

Texas Couple Welcomes Identical Triplets, 2 Conjoined

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At 4 pounds, 11 ounces each, the Torres triplets were born at an uncommonly healthy birthweight (triplets typically weigh in at only 4 pounds). But that's not their only rarity. The trio is identical. The odds of having identical triples? One in a million. On top of that, two of the babies are... Read more

Saying Goodbye to Lamaze Educator Elisabeth Bing

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Obituaries aren't really our thing at The Bump. But Friday's passing of 100 year-old Elisabeth Bing, a childbirth pioneer, has us revisiting the history of the method she promoted so tirelessly: Lamaze. While working as a physical therapist in London, Bing observed that childbirth was being treated more like a disease than something to be celebrated.... Read more

Hold Off on Giving Baby Antibiotics, Study Suggests

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Antibiotics are the most commonly prescribed drugs for kids -- in 2010, they accounted for a quarter of all medications for children. But studies are indicating they may be over-prescribed, and this has the biggest effect on infants. A new study published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe synthesized hundreds of past studies, concluding... Read more

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

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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

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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

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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