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6 Times Dads Played Hero In These Surprise Births

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The plan is usually to go to the hospital. But when babies are involved, plans can change fast. That's what one UK dad learned when his partner went into labor, never making it past their living room floor.

Martin Boyce, a part-time photographer, planned to document the birth from the hospital. When his fiancée Holly...

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7 Birth Photos That Clinched Top Honors (NSFW)

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As every mom knows, birth can be emotional, messy, unpredictable and exciting, but it is always beautiful, no matter how baby arrives. The International Association for Professional Birth Photographers captured that reality, announcing the winners of its 2016 Image Competition. IAPBP founder Lyndsay Stradtner says this is the fifth year the IAPBP has held the contest.... Read more

Watch This Mom Use An Exercise Ball To Induce Labor

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Whether it’s performing the “Thriller” dance or busting out the “Tootsie Roll,” moms-to-be have no problem dancing to the beat when they are anxious to meet their babies, performing some some tried-and-true dance moves in efforts to induce labor. But at 41.5 weeks pregnant, one UK woman opted for a method with... Read more

Fitbit Knows You're Pregnant Before You Do

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Fitness trackers can keep tabs on some pretty important things: calories burned, sleep patterns, heart rate, breakups—and now, it seems, conception. When the wife of a Reddit user started experiencing some funky Fitbit activity, he turned to the community boards for some technical help. But the ultimate answer was a bit more biological. "My wife's... Read more

This Is How Guys Tell Each Other They're Going To Be Dads

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Pregnancy announcements can be a big deal. In fact, we're suckers for tear-jerking viral videos ourselves. But one dad-to-be took a different approach, nonchalantly making a joke over text message. https://twitter.com/keatingthomas/status/695357127422926853 As Keating Thomas tells Mashable, the follow-up text from his friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, was even more casual.... Read more

The Justification You Need To Eat Chocolate Every Day During Pregnancy

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Just in time for Valentine's Day, we have some very important news: chocolate may have some big benefits during pregnancy. Research to be presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting this week shows daily—yes, daily—chocolate consumption improved both placental and fetal blood flow. Over the course of 12 weeks, 129 study... Read more

The Debate Around The CDC’s New Alcohol Recommendation

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For many women, pregnancy and abstaining from drinking alcohol go hand in hand. Numerous studies have connected drinking during pregnancy with an increased risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) and there is no known safe level of alcohol that is safe to consume when you’re expecting. In an effort to reduce the number of... Read more

A Microbe Wipe Could Bridge The Gap Between Vaginal And C-Section Deliveries

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What's so special about vaginal birth? Without getting too graphic, babies who pass through the birth canal are covered with their mother's fluid, receiving microbes that are especially beneficial to immune system development. This is what c-section babies are missing out on. So, as a team of researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center decided, why... Read more

World Health Organization Declares Zika 'Public Health Emergency'

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After an emergency meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, today, The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika a "public health emergency of international concern." Feel like that already sums up the general sentiment towards the virus? This official terminology elevates it to the same level of concern as Ebola, meaning research and aid will now be prioritized... Read more

Soccer Player Harry Arter Opens Up About Stillborn Daughter: 'Every Single Game I Play For Her'

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The grief of losing a child is not typically bared publicly; too many people just don't understand. So imagine being surrounded by a stadium full of fans at your most vulnerable moment. That was the reality for British professional soccer player Harry Arter. The A.F.C. Bournemouth midfielder and his partner, Rachel, learned their baby girl's heart... Read more