How Your Voice Can Boost Your Preemie's Brain

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From smarter incubators to higher level NICUs, innovations for preemie care keep coming. But the newest tool is the simplest one yet: your voice. That's the latest from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Just a few hours a day of mom's voice is a welcome contrast from the buzz of the incubator... Read more

Is a Vaginal Delivery Safer for Preemie Babies?

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A new study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that very premature babies have fewer breathing problems when they're born via vaginal delivery compared to those born via C-section. The research, which studied more than 20,000 newborns, found that regardless of why a C-section birth was preformed (whether because of pregnancy-related... Read more

Singing to Baby Isn’t Just Soothing — It’s Good for Her Health, Too!

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Turns out all you really need is a tune! New research conducted by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York found that infants born with respiratory distress or sepsis tended to do better while listening to sounds similar to their mothers heartbeat or hearing... Read more

Rosie O’Donnell’s Babywearing Shirt Promotes Skin-to-Skin Contact

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If you've read the parenting books -- or seen a few episodes of Grey's Anatomy -- you've probably heard that skin-to-skin contact (a.k.a. kangaroo care) is good for newborns. Holding baby directly to your skin is said to help regulate baby's heart rate, breathing and body temperature; calm and relax both mom and... Read more

The U.S.’s Preterm Birth Rate Is Worse than 130 Other Countries (Ouch!)

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Here’s some surprising news -- the U.S. ranks 131st when it comes to low preterm birth rates. According to a new report, “Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth” by The March of Dimes Foundation, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Save the Children and The World Health Organization,... Read more

New Autism Risk Factors! Dad’s Age and Preterm or Post-term Delivery

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It’s Autism Awareness Month, and there’s a lot that’s unknown about autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), so we’ve been hearing quite a bit about the latest studies on the subject. Here’s the latest scoop on some things that could increase a child’s risk of having an ASD or having more severe ASD symptoms. Dad’s Age Researchers... Read more