Pregnancy and Parenting

From conception to cradle, the Pregnancy and Parenting Channel guides you on the journey to parenthood. Learn what to expect when you're expecting.


Doulas don't have any medical training but many mothers depend on them to be in the delivery room to offer support. What do mothers like about doulas and how do you become one?

C-sections are life-saving interventions for many women. Could they also be messing with natural selection?

More women are choosing to ingest their encapsulated placentas because of the supposed benefits they get after childbirth. But what does science have to say?

You've tried to conceive and can't, so you adopt. Then boom, you get pregnant. What gives?

A new study confirms that sperm counts of men in Western countries are plummeting.

Very little is known about what or how fetuses see. This study shows their vision capabilities are more advanced than previously thought.

Many latchkey kids remember their time fondly, even though they wouldn't leave their own kids alone.

Sometimes, their old-school methods are benign. But other times, they're seriously risky, according to a new study.

The registry would be used to track donor well-being and learn more about breast cancer and other health risks. But for some, it raises privacy concerns.

A new device tested on fetal lambs could change care for human preemies, immersing them in a "biobag" with lab-made amniotic fluid, keeping them underwater for weeks.

U.S. government survey shows that rates of drinking, smoking and having sex are all lower today than 25 years ago.

Parents put down your keys and put your newborn to bed--in a concept crib from Ford. The car company has designed a smart crib that mimics your baby's favorite ride.

It turns out that colicky babies in different countries don't cry the same amount. A new study measured which nation's newborns cried most.

Couples who feel judged for passing on parenthood might be right, study finds.

Kids are getting sick from ingesting hand sanitizer. Some are drinking it intentionally. The CDC explains why and what parents can do to prevent accidental exposure.

It's extremely rare but not unheard of. So, how does it happen?

Parents are pretty creative when it comes to first names for their kids, but when it comes to last names, many parents still play it by the book.

New analysis also shows that preemies born between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy are less likely to develop health issues.

Vital signs monitors for babies may seem helpful, or least they can't hurt, but some scientists warn they are of little use and exacerbate parental fears.

Does an only child exhibit different behavior and personality than one with siblings? Or is this spoiled reputation nothing more than a persistent cultural myth?

Behavioral psychologists have always thought children could start spotting intentional falsehoods around the age of 4. Turns out it's probably much younger.

The childbearing age for U.S. women has been steadily creeping up for years. A huge, new study looks at how the delay in having kids is linked to how long a woman lives.

One study attempted to find out, with a little help from some brain scans.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has eased screen time limits for kids of all ages. But that doesn't mean parents can leave kids staring at a screen all by themselves.

Babies may do just fine without all that burping assistance, according to an intriguing little study.