For Iraqi mothers-to-be, hospitals are pandemic no-go zones

 Iraqi midwife Umm Mariam used to help bring three babies into the world per day. But with mothers-to-be avoiding pandemic-hit hospitals, she now delivers twice that number in her makeshift home clinic. Across the country recovering from decades of war, health centers face shortages of oxygen

The power of touch: I wasn't able to hold my daughter until she was three days old

I had to wait three days after my daughter Seneca was born to hold her. She arrived punctually just before sunrise on her due date, a fact I have interpreted as her over-accommodating me, because it enabled me to drive to UPS and mail off my tenure dossier on time. Nine hours later, as my partner,

Feed your baby peanuts! Research suggests new dietary advice for babies

Want your baby to go gaga for greens? Start him off right. For the first time, experts reporting to the US Department of Health & Human Services and the US Department of Agriculture have included the advice as part of a twice-a-decade study into how people’s diet affects long-

Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus?

Can a pregnant woman spread the coronavirus to her fetus? It’s possible, but it seems to be relatively rare and scientists think they know why that is. Many viruses can cross the placenta and infect a fetus in the womb, and evidence has been growing that the coronavirus sometimes can too. R

Pregnant pause: Afghan women urged to delay motherhood due to virus crisis

Afghan health officials are urging women to delay plans to become pregnant during the coronavirus outbreak or until a vaccine is available to treat the deadly disease.Akmal Samsor, a Ministry of Public Health official, told Arab News on Saturday that couples are being advised to space their nex

Why I don't have a child: I watched my own mother struggle with parenthood

Any time I try to make sense of my aversion to motherhood and my utter glee over having escaped it, my mind immediately turns to the “mother-daughter day” my mom took me out of school for in the spring of 1975, a year before she and my father split up. Our midweek adventure came as a co

Coronavirus: Can pregnant mothers infect their children with COVID-19?

The recent report of a woman infected with coronavirus successfully undergoing a Cesarean section operation in Saudi Arabia has prompted questions about whether pregnant women can transmit the COVID-19 virus to their children. Thankfully, there is currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted

10 Brutal Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Had Kids kids

When it comes to having kids and parenting, we all know we wouldn’t change our life for quids.. ..but isn’t there a few things you wished you had known before having them. Of course there is nothing more precious in the world than holding your newborn baby for the first time and realisi

Your Pregnancy Symptoms Week by Week

Your body experiences a wide range of changes throughout pregnancy, ranging from breast tenderness in the first trimester to backaches in the third. Prepare for what’s coming with our list of pregnancy symptoms by week. Week 1You’re not technically pregnant yet, since doctors calculate

I lost my temper with my daughter. I feel I’m failing as a parent

The dilemma I’m a single mother of two. My 11-year-old daughter and I have constant disputes and I feel I’m failing at parenting. I don’t think it’s normal to engage in blow-ups at her age and I don’t want this to be our relationship. I work and find it very hard to bal

Pregnant and Scared of ‘Covid Hospitals,’ They’re Giving Birth at Home

With less than three weeks to go until her baby was due, Aziza Hasanova packed her bags and prepared for what she expected to be a relatively smooth delivery at a Brooklyn outpost of one of New York City’s leading hospitals. But as the coronavirus pandemic swept across the city, all her plann

The Anxiety Of Giving Birth Amid The Coronavirus

Pregnant women do not appear to be more susceptible to severe Covid-19 symptoms and there is no evidence that the virus can pass to a baby during pregnancy, according to new guidance. The guidelines, issued by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Royal College of Midwives and Ro

Mothers and babies at risk in maternity units across country, care watchdog warns

Maternity units across the country pose serious safety risks to mothers and babies, according to the care watchdog. In a report, published today, the Care Quality Commission said it was concerned some maternity units show similar failures to those identified by an inquiry into baby deaths carried o

How to cope with pregnancy nausea and morning sickness

Morning sickness or nausea, sometimes accompanied with vomiting, is caused by pregnancy hormones during the first trimester of pregnancy, and sometimes begins as early as two weeks after conception. Some women find that nausea and vomiting are worst in the morning. But symptoms can occur at any time

What you should teach your children about money

Money is one of the demands and extremely important how you teach them about earning, saving and spending: 1. Teach them about earningBy 'earning’ I don’t mean just earning as in ‘being paid to work’, I really mean earning as in ‘how money is received’. So, I w

Nanny versus nursery: which is the better childcare option?

Parenthood: while it’s full of heartwarming cuddles and memorable milestones, the majority of new parents in the 21st century are unable to commit to being full-time, stay-at-home mums and dads. Mothers who are facing the end of their maternity leave and preparing to rejoin the workplace are

For the Story Pirates, kids’ creativity is a treasure

Ben Brown was riding in the back seat of a car in Falls Church, Virginia, this summer when he recognized the tune on the radio. I thought, ‘That’s my song!’ ” says Ben, who’s almost 8 years old. “I was proud.” He should be proud when he rocks out to

Are you suffering from back-pain during pregnancy? Here are top tips to help you out

DUBAI- During pregnancy, you release a hormone (relaxin) that affects the ligaments in your body causing them to become softer and stretch to prepare you for labor. Along with this change, the muscles in your body must adapt to a new center of gravity caused by your new bump that steadily is getting

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