Study: Risk to Baby Greater With Repeat C-Sections


A new study details the risks of repeat c-sections. Nationwide, the c-section delivery rate keeps rising. According to the study authors, by 2006, 31.1 percent of deliveries in the United States were done this way. Babies delivered by elective, repeat cesarean section delivery are nearly twice as likely to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) than those born vaginally after the mother has previously had a c-section, the study finds. Continue Reading

A Mother’s Choice: Her Baby or Herself


By Ronda Kaysen When one mother discovered, at 24 weeks pregnant, that she had a malignant brain tumor, she was faced with an unthinkable choice: treat her cancer and lose the baby, or wait until the baby could live on her own and risk her own life. In a stunning act of devotion to her baby, she chose to delay treatment until she knew the baby was strong enough to live outside the womb. A recent Los Angeles Times essay recounts her harrowing tale. Doctors told the mother, a young Indian woman in her 20s, that if she didn't treat the aggressive tumor immediately, she Continue Reading

Study: Pacifiers Don’t Affect Breastfeeding

Fear not the pacifier. Mothers who worry that letting their babies use a pacifier will reduce the chances of successful breasfeeding should relax, a new study says. “Pacifiers have traditionally been thought to interfere with optimal breast-feeding,” wrote the researchers, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In the 1980s, health officials discouraged their use. But in recent years, researchers have found evidence that babies who use pacifiers when they sleep may be less susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome. The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that Continue Reading

BBA Quick Hits

> Depression and Sleep A new report has found that babies born to mothers who are depressed have more sleep disturbances, including problems falling asleep and number of awakenings. > Grieving a Miscarriage Why won’t people stop saying “you can try again soon”? What is the “right” amount of grief? Are there more miscarriages now or does it just seem that way? What to tell the children about the baby who will not be? The questions answered here. > When Does a Toddler Walk on His Own? Every child develops at a different rate and, while it's true that some children go upright Continue Reading

Getting Fit After Baby

Here are a few exercise tips from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists... > Begin exercising at a slow pace, especially if you didn't exercise much during your pregnancy. > Always start your workouts with a warmup and end with a cool-down period. > Work out in a supportive sports bra. > Start out with regular power walks. You can take baby with you in a stroller. > Work your way up from walking to more difficult exercises. > Consider joining an exercise class that's designed for new moms. > Look for exercise programs at a local gym or fitness Continue Reading

The Swine Flu: What Parents Need to Know


Dr. Jay Tureen, a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist, says "Parents shouldn't panic. They should be aware and concerned, but not panicked." Click here for answers about Swine Flu. Continue Reading

Dad’s Diary: Sick After a Flight…Again


By Scott Like clockwork, every time we return from a plane trip our three-year-old gets sick. This time Jack has a sinus infection and pink eye. Giving him medicine has never been a problem (he loves it),  but this is the first time we've had to try to put eye drops in his eyes. That's fun. Here's the backstory... Jack woke up from his nap yesterday, right eye all crusty, and said, "Daddy, since I'm sick I'm just going to keep this eye closed (he couldn't open it anyway) so it feels better." After he allowed a warm rag on it, the eye opened up. Later, I asked Continue Reading

Fertility Doc Claims to Clone, Implant Human Embryos

A controversial fertility doctor claims to have cloned human embryos and implanted them into four women's wombs. And while none of 11 embryos he claims to have cloned resulted in a viable pregnancy, Dr. Panayiotis Zavos said he'll continue trying to clone a human embryo. "We managed to write chapter one. Chapter two, we will have a child a parent can take home and raise as a cloned child," Zavos said. His hope is that the birth of the first human clone is just a few years away. Continue Reading

Breastfeeding Linked to Heart Health

Mothers who breastfed their children for a combined period of one year were 10 percent less likely to have heart attacks, strokes or heart disease later in life than those who never nursed, according to a study by University of Pittsburgh researchers published in the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Any amount of breastfeeding is better than none, and the more the better in terms of [preventing] risk factors as well as heart disease itself," lead author Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, M.D., said yesterday in an interview. "We always hear it's good for babies and their health and hear less Continue Reading

Cancer Patients Learn How to Preserve Fertility

Freezing eggs is not the only option available for doctors who are trying to preserve a cancer patient's fertility.Minimizing the damage to the ovaries during radiation or chemotherapy is key, so some doctors use an experimental laparoscopic procedure to remove one or both of the ovaries before radiation in the pelvic area. The ovaries are frozen, then put back when the cancer treatment is completed.Read more... Continue Reading