Dad’s spend twice as much time with kid’s than they did a few generations ago

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“Take Time To Be a Dad Today”

The percentage of  fathers in the U.S. who live apart from their children has doubled over the last 50 years. But, many dad’s today are spending more than twice as much time with their kids as they did back then.

 

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More Than 2 Million Babies are Stillborn Every Year: Study

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More babies could be saved if the mothers had better medical care.

Worldwide, more than 2 million babies are stillborn every year.  About half  of the babies born stillborn could be saved if their mothers had better medical care, according to researchers’ estimates.

 

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Entire DNA Profile of Unborn Baby Has Been Mapped From Mother’s Blood

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Scientists were able to identify all DNA strands that belong to the child from the mother’s blood sample.

Parents may soon be able to find out if their unborn child is prone to any inherited diseases, researchers said on Thursday, after developing a non-invasive technique to draw the entire gene map of the human fetus. By analyzing a sample of the mother’s blood, which contains DNA from the fetus, scientists in Hong Kong and the United States were able to identify all the DNA strands that belong to the child and piece them together.

 

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Breast Feeding Does Not Rob New Mother of Sleep

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A baby may sleep less if breast-fed, but new moms get about the same amount of sleep whether breast-feeding or using formula.

It’s commonly believed that one of the sacrifices new moms must make in order to breast-feed is their sleep. But new research suggests that’s just not the case.  The study, published online earlier this month in the journal Pediatrics, found that new mothers slept about the same amount of time whether they were breast-feeding or formula-feeding.

 

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Children Whose Mothers Smoke During Pregnancy Are at an Increased Risk of Becoming Criminals

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Smoking during pregnancy can harm the baby’s developing brain.

Smoking in pregnancy can cause harm to the child’s developing brain that puts them at greater risk of having a long-term criminal record, claim researchers.

 

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Health-Conscious Men Lap Up Mother’s Excess Breast Milk

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A new market is born!
A young mother has come up with a novel way of earning some extra cash while on maternity leave – by selling her breast milk online. Cash-strapped Toni Ebdon, 26, gave birth earlier this year and found herself producing more than enough milk for baby boy David.

A friend joked that she was producing so much extra milk that Toni could open her very own dairy. So she turned to the internet in a bid to offer expectant mothers who could not produce their own milk the chance to use hers.

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Obesity is Becoming an Increasing Burden in the Maternity Ward

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One in five women are obese when they become pregnant.

As Americans have grown fatter over the last generation, inviting more heart disease, diabetes and premature deaths, all that extra weight has also become a burden in the maternity ward, where babies take their first breath of life. 

About one in five women are obese when they become pregnant, meaning they have a body mass index of at least 30, as would a 5-foot-5 woman weighing 180 pounds, according to researchers with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And medical evidence suggests that obesity might be contributing to record-high rates of Caesarean sections and leading to more birth defects and deaths for mothers and babies.

 

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Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates Increase in India

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India’s infant and maternal mortality rates lag  behind.

At the beginning of this millennium in year 2000, 189 countries and 23 international health agencies had pledged to reduce child under-5 mortality by two-thirds and maternal mortality by three-fourths by 2015. These were called the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) number 4 and 5. With only five years left for the target year, a clutch of international health agencies and NGOs have come out with ‘‘Countdown to 2015 — Decade Report (2000-2010)”.

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