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Your Whole Baby

WELCOME TO YOUR WHOLE BABY!

You want what is best for your baby and there are some monumental decisions you must make. It can be hard to separate the advice of well-meaning relatives and cultural conditioning from what is true. The information provided here will help you make the right choice for your whole baby.

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We believe if you have the information necessary to see circumcision in a new light — free from cultural blinders — you will not choose it for your son. Your protective instincts will scream NO as far as the ear can hear. Change is happening and it begins with you trusting your instincts. We are here to help in any way we can.

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How Ultrasound Could Harm Your Baby

I’m often asked what the most surprising thing I learned while researching my book, The Business of Baby. Though I had been studying, writing, and talking about birth for over ten years, including as a contributing editor for Mothering magazine and the author/editor of three other books about babies, my research for this project yielded many surprises. I never considered, for example, that the non-food additives in prenatal vitamins could be contributing to pregnancy symptoms and making women sick. I had no idea how many well designed scientific studies in peer-reviewed journals there were about the benefits of not immediately clamping the cord after a baby is born. And I also did not know that the rise of neonatal ICUs in the United States has led to tremendous profits for hospitals.

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  • The australian
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Second nurse charged in Samoa baby deaths

A second nurse has been charged over the death of two babies shortly after vaccination in Samoa.

Police on Wednesday arrested the woman and charged her with manslaughter and conspiring to defeat justice.

She's understood to have been released from custody awaiting a court appearance.

Another nurse appeared in court earlier this week facing the same charges, along with negligence, and was granted bail

Both are due to appear in Samoa's Supreme Court towards the end of this month.

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  • The guardian
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Baby boys and girls receive different nutrients in breast milk

Baby formula should be tailored for boys and girls to reflect the differences in milk that mothers produce depending on their baby's sex, researchers say.

Tests on mothers' milk in both monkeys and humans have showed that levels of fat, protein, vitamins, sugars, minerals and hormones vary enormously, but there is evidence that milk made for female and male babies is consistently different.

The make-up of the milk has a direct impact on the child's growth, but also on his or her behaviour and temperament, which may last for the rest of their life. Scientists suspect that breast milk may be tailored by nature to meet the different growth needs of the sexes.

The findings have led some researchers to suggest that baby formula should come in boy and girl formulations to match the differences seen in breast milk.

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  • Usa today
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CVS pulls Enfamil powdered baby formula from shelves after mom finds tampered product

Pharmacy retailer CVS has pulled Enfamil powdered baby formula from shelves nationwide after a Florida mother found what appeared to be all-purpose flour in a package she purchased near Tampa.

WFTS reported Alison Denning purchased Enfamil baby formula from a CVS in Pinellas County before noticing something strange: While a protective seal on the package's lid seemed intact, an interior seal had been opened, and it smelled like flour.

"I’m not a doctor so I can’t say exactly what straight up flour would do to an eight-week-old infant but I can’t imagine it’s very good for them,” Denning told the station.

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Latest research reveals the more you hug your kids – the smarter they get

Are you the kind of parent that’s always hugging your kids? If the answer is yes then don’t stop doing what you’re doing.

According to new reserach, physical affection during a baby’s development period is even more important than we thought.

The more you hug a baby, the more their brains grow, according to a recent survey from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.

125 babies, both premature and full-term, were included in the study, which looked at how well they reponded to being physically touched.

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  • Nyt
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The Bacteria Babies Need

We may be missing the key to one of the biggest boons to public health since the introduction of iodine into the food supply in 1924.

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have found that a strain of bacteria called B. infantis that is thought to have been the dominant bacterium in the infant gut for all of human history is disappearing from the Western world. According to their research, this was probably caused by the rise in cesarean births, the overuse of antibiotics and the use of infant formula in place of breast milk.

Indeed, nine out of 10 American babies don’t harbor this bacterium in their gut, while researchers suspect that the majority of infants in less industrialized countries do.

Bruce German, a professor of food science and technology and one of the U.C. Davis researchers, says, “The central benefits of having a microbiota dominated by B. infantis is that it crowds all the other guys out” — especially pathogenic bacteria, which can cause both acute illnesses and chronic inflammation that leads to disease.

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  • The atlantic
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The U.S. Hits Record STD Numbers—And Prevention Budgets Continue to Fall

On Tuesday, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nearly 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia were diagnosed in 2017—the highest number ever reported in the United States. Since 2013, diagnoses of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia are up 67 percent, 76 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Chlamydia, the most common of the three diseases, saw 1.7 million cases last year.

There’s a breadth of factors at play in rising rates of sexually transmitted diseases. More babies are being born with STDs, since their mothers are more likely to be infected. And chlamydia detection could be getting better for women, who may be undergoing increased screening. But one of the main drivers is the massive budget cuts public-health centers and STD programs have seen over the past few years. When underfunded, these initiatives decrease their hours and staff, and sometimes close altogether, making STD detection and treatment more difficult.

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  • Bu school of public health
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Resurgence of Whooping Cough May Owe to Vaccine’s Inability to Prevent Infections

The startling global resurgence of pertussis, or whooping cough, in recent years can largely be attributed to the immunological failures of acellular vaccines, School of Public Health researchers argue in a new journal article.

The article, published in F1000 Research, points to the differences in mucosal immunity between whole-cell pertussis (wP) vaccines and the newer acellular pertussis (aP) vaccines, first introduced in the 1990s, as playing a pivotal role in the resurgence of the disease.

“This disease is back because we didn’t really understand how our immune defenses against whooping cough worked, and did not understand how the vaccines needed to work to prevent it,” said Christopher J. Gill, associate professor of global health and lead author of the article. “Instead we layered assumptions upon assumptions, and now find ourselves in the uncomfortable position of admitting that we may made some crucial errors. This is definitely not where we thought we’d be in 2017.”

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