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Infant Health

Parents Around The World Celebrate #BumpDay With Beautiful Maternity Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents

Yesterday marked the first annual #BumpDay -- an occasion to raise awareness about maternal and infant health around the world. What to Expect When Yo...

Punishing The Mother Is Not Best For the Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Lynn Erdman

Incarceration is not the answer. Pregnant women with substance use disorders need to be identified early in their pregnancies and offered treatment.

The Power Of Touch Between Mom And Baby

Lynn Erdman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Lynn Erdman

Touch is one of the first senses to develop while the baby is still in the womb (between 7-8 weeks gestation). From their earliest weeks, babies depend on touch for exploring their world. Touch is so important that some consider skin to be the external nervous system.

A Year in Review: Teaching The Next Generation Of Doctors In Tanzania

Maureen Ries, MD | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Maureen Ries, MD

The close of my first day working in Tanzania left me shaken from the lives we had lost as a result of a preventable medical condition; but the close of my year left me hopeful that the students, physicians and nurses I had taught would carry on the lessons learned to further improve maternal health in their country.

Family Support Groups Foster Hope In Uganda

Savannah Russo | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Savannah Russo

Annet Mbabazi is living with HIV, but her 18-month-old son, Pobruce, is HIV-free. I met the mother-baby pair at the health center in Ibanda District, in Southwestern Uganda, where Annet participates in a family support group.

The Day We Were Told Not To Have More Children

Heather Lens | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

Irresponsible. What did he mean? He didn't say that we were physically unable to have kids. He said that if we chose to, we would be irresponsible.

Four Ways You Can Ensure A Happy And Healthy Start For A Baby In Need This #GivingTuesday

Jennifer Hudson | Posted 02.01.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Hudson

Research shows that children are born ready to learn, but for 16 million children living in poverty in the U.S alone, many families are not set up with the necessary resources to provide their child with a healthy start in life.

The Long Ride With Wes

Ashbey Riley | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Ashbey Riley

The thing about having a baby in the NICU is that you never stop riding the emotional roller coaster. You're up and then down; it slows, but it never stops.

20 Years of Protecting Infants During Sleep

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Alan E. Guttmacher

Knowledge about SIDS has come a long way in the past 20 years. We've discovered many ways to reduce the risk of SIDS -- primary among them placing babies to sleep on their backs.

No, If A Baby Is Hungry, She Will Not Eat

Samira Khan | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Samira Khan

When a child is hungry, she will not necessarily eat.

The Time Is Now To Take Action To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Mothers And Children

Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

Fifteen years ago, a group of world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to commit to a vision of a better future. ...

'The World Awaits You, Jordana' -- Letter to a Newborn From a Tough Former Philly DA

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
SaraKay Smullens

Dear Readers: When my husband and my youngest grandchild, Jordana, was born this past May, her three sisters, who had saved just about everything f...

As Long As It's Healthy.... But What If It's Not?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.20.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

We're talking about our children -- an arrangement that's supposed to be unconditional -- and as long as they're healthy! is alarmingly conditional. Everyone's happy for a new baby and congratulations are in order -- but only under certain criteria. Right?

Improving the Odds for America's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Children have only one childhood, and it is now. We know what to do. We know what works. We must make it happen now by working together.

This Invention That Uses Aquarium Pumps Could Save 178,000 Babies Each Year

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact

A new invention uses fish tank aquarium pumps to save the lives of babies in the developing world. In an effort to battle the high cost of medical...

Could This Be The Answer To Preventing Colic?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

By: By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 01/13/2014 04:20 PM EST on LiveScience Providing probiotics, or "good bacteria," to healthy inf...

Buying Breast Milk Online

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE, FAAP

New research out today confirms that buying breast milk on the Internet via milk-sharing sites may not be safe. Not surprising, I suppose. And although breast milk purchased from online sites may be free or as cheap as $1 an ounce, it may carry significant risk for babies.

One Nurse at a Time

Sue Averill | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Sue Averill

We let her labor during the night and hoped with crossed fingers and toes that nature would take its proper course. But the knock on the door came before the roosters had a chance to crow.

A Father's Day Plea for Mothers' Health

Michael Green | Posted 08.10.2013 | Green
Michael Green

It seems as soon as our spouses became pregnant, we all rejoiced -- and then immediately began to worry about everything that might pose a threat to our impending child's health.

Human Love

Kathryn Mead | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Kathryn Mead

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgThis nine-month-old child was precisely the size of her newborn brother. This infant's small head peaking out of the blanket showed signs of despair; sunken, glassy eyes shot right to my heart.

What You Need to Know About Early Elective Deliveries

Leah Binder | Posted 06.26.2013 | Parents
Leah Binder

The prevalence of early elective deliveries perfectly embodies the five biggest problems in our health system today.

It Takes a Village: Saving Lives by Working Together

Sharon K. D’Agostino | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sharon K. D’Agostino

On International Corporate Philanthropy Day, we highlight the role of the private sector in advancing the health and well-being of women, infants & children. The private sector brings expertise in strategy, innovation, metrics, communications, and even the power of thousands of employees who want to make a difference.

Mobile Messaging: Strengthening the Bond Between Mother and Child

Alice Lin Fabiano | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alice Lin Fabiano

Having health information in the palm of her hand is now possible for Asha Sarkar, a new mother who lives in a slum outside of Dhaka. She is one of t...

Save the Children Calls for Increased Breastfeeding in First Hour After Birth

Jennifer James | Posted 04.21.2013 | Impact
Jennifer James

Some 830,000 babies' lives can be saved worldwide if they are breastfed within the critical first hour after birth. Babies who are breastfed within the very first hour after birth are three times more likely to survive than if they are breastfed a day after birth.

PHOTOS: Baby With Soccer Ball-Sized Heart Recovering

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.06.2012 | Parents

After enduring a frightening encounter with open-heart surgery in his first few hours of life, little Liam Dalgarno, a child in the UK, has survived t...