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Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visits help new parents overcome tough histories, raise healthy children

Home visitor programs help new parents raise healthy children and overcome poverty, substance abuse, depression and domestic violence. The federal home visiting program provided guidance to 160,000 parents and children in 2016 – but its funding is now in doubt.

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

Many nurses lack knowledge of health risks for new mothers, study finds

By failing to alert new mothers to such risks, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. An estimated 700 to 900 women die in the U.S. every year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related causes and 65,000 nearly die,

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

Cities enlist ‘doulas’ to reduce infant mortality

“Doula” comes from the Greek, meaning “a woman who helps.” Although doulas are trained to assist expectant mothers through labor, delivery and beyond, they are not medical providers like midwives.

August 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

Should you put sunscreen on infants? Not usually, says FDA

“Babies’ skin is less mature compared to adults, and infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio. These factors mean that an infant’s exposure to the chemicals in sunscreens may be much greater, increasing the risk of side effects.”

August 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

Lead detected in 20% of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

The study found detectable levels of lead in 20 percent of 2,164 baby food samples. The toxic metal was most commonly found in fruit juices such as grape and apple, root vegetables such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and cookies such as teething biscuits.

June 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

But when Aryanna Guadalupe Sanchez-Rios arrived — 5 pounds, 10 ounces, with a cap of straight, dark hair — it was clear that Rios’ fears had been realized. The baby’s head was far smaller than normal — 27 centimeters instead of the typical 35 centimeter.

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Childbirth for women in their 30s at a 50-year high

Childbirth for women in their 30s at a 50-year high

By Tim Henderson Stateline Women in their 30s are having babies at the highest rate since the 1960s, providing a rare bright spot in what’s an otherwise stagnating U.S. population. For women in their early 30s, the birthrate in 2015 was the highest it’s been since 1964, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report this […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor

Despite federal law, some rural hospitals still turn away women in labor

By Julie Lasson, for ProPublica The young woman’s water broke late one morning in August 2014, as she stood in the bathroom of her home in rural Kentucky. Her mother rushed her to the emergency room at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. She signed a slip at the front desk, listing her chief complaint as “labor.” But […]

March 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Spike in syphilis in newborns driven by broader epidemic

Spike in syphilis in newborns driven by broader epidemic

By Anna Gorman Photos by Heidi de Marco Kaiser Health News BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Neonatologist Gurvir Khurana had only read about it in textbooks. Seeing it in real life has been a shock: baby after baby born severely anemic, lungs filled with fluid, bodies covered with rashes. Some only lived minutes; others died within days […]

March 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

By Shefali Luthra A series of studies released Wednesday shed a preliminary light on the Zika virus’ consequences for children infected in the womb. But, experts said, the findings also highlight additional challenges: identifying affected babies and making sure they receive needed follow-up care as they grow. That task could prove complicated, especially as new […]

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