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How Doulas Work
Why Women Don't Lick Their Babies Clean After Childbirth
'Latchkey Kids': What's Different About Leaving Children Home Alone Now Versus Then
Despite What You Think, Today's Teens Are Better Adjusted Than Gen X Teens
What can you do at home to help childhood depression?
Animals of all stripes lick their babies clean after birth. Why is it that human women don't?
By Stell Simonton Jan 25, 2018
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?
By Alia Hoyt
C-sections are life-saving interventions for many women. Could they also be messing with natural selection?
By Kate Kershner Oct 24, 2017
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?
By Alia Hoyt Aug 3, 2017
You've tried to conceive and can't, so you adopt. Then boom, you get pregnant. What gives?
By Alia Hoyt Jul 31, 2017
A new study confirms that sperm counts of men in Western countries are plummeting.
By Sarah Gleim Jul 26, 2017
Very little is known about what or how fetuses see. This study shows their vision capabilities are more advanced than previously thought.
By Alia Hoyt Jun 20, 2017
Many latchkey kids remember their time fondly, even though they wouldn't leave their own kids alone.
By Dave Roos Jun 12, 2017
Sometimes, their old-school methods are benign. But other times, they're seriously risky, according to a new study.
By Kate Kershner May 10, 2017
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.
By Chris Opfer May 9, 2017
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.
By Patrick J. Kiger May 1, 2017
U.S. government survey shows that rates of drinking, smoking and having sex are all lower today than 25 years ago.
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Apr 24, 2017
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.
By John Perritano Apr 13, 2017
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.
By Laurie L. Dove Apr 6, 2017
Couples who feel judged for passing on parenthood might be right, study finds.
By Julia Layton Mar 17, 2017
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.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Mar 14, 2017
It's extremely rare but not unheard of. So, how does it happen?
By Alia Hoyt Mar 14, 2017
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.
By Kate Kershner Feb 20, 2017
New analysis also shows that preemies born between 22 and 24 weeks of pregnancy are less likely to develop health issues.
By Laurie L. Dove Feb 15, 2017
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.
By Alia Hoyt Feb 7, 2017
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?
By Laurie L. Dove Dec 6, 2016
Behavioral psychologists have always thought children could start spotting intentional falsehoods around the age of 4. Turns out it's probably much younger.
By Jesslyn Shields Dec 5, 2016
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.
By Kate Kershner Nov 22, 2016
One study attempted to find out, with a little help from some brain scans.
By John Donovan Nov 7, 2016
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.
By Kate Kershner Oct 31, 2016
Growing Movement of Scientists Pushes for Ban on Killer Robots
6 Surprising Things Health Insurance Doesn’t Cover in America
The Wild Back and Forth of Netflix's 'Wild Wild Country'