October 2019 - Mood Baby

The former first daughter thought the rapper could have had “more enthusiasm” for his wife’s post-baby weight loss, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Homecoming.”

It goes without saying that it’s a parent job to raise and protect our children. But how much protection is good, and when does it cross over into holding our children back? CEO of CPR Kids Sarah Hunstead is a former paediatric nurse and mother of two. She believes that risk is an essential part […]

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Those excellent peeps at Kmart know that families come in all shapes and sizes so they’ve released a range of family doll sets that include same-sex families, and Aussie families are cheering their inclusivity. The “Family Playset – Assorted” sets cost $15 each and come in three variations: either a family with two dads, two […]

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Having a baby at a birth centre is as safe as giving birth in hospital, according to our research, published today in the journal BMJ Open. Women who give birth in a birth centre are also less likely to undergo unnecessary interventions such as caesarean sections, forceps or vacuum deliveries, which come with increased risks […]

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If like us, your family has grown faster than your house, you may have kids sharing a room. Our two daughters share, and for now, that’s the way it has to be. It’s not ideal, but it’s not the end of the world. In fact, sharing a room can be extremely beneficial in teaching kids […]

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There is a lot of talk online about the human microbiome (our gut bacteria)—and what impact exposure to mama’s microbiome during birth can have on infants. Concerned parents may also have heard that early research showed that babies born via C-section didn’t have the same “good” bacteria as those born vaginally.

A new large-scale study now gives us a better idea of what those differences actually are, and it’s not what many assumed.

The results show that babies born via C-section do have different microbiomes than the vaginally delivered babies, but the babies born vaginally and via C-section had about the same amount of Lactobacillus bacteria, the kind associated with the vaginal canal. What the vaginal babies did have in greater abundance was Bacteroides bacteria, which means the difference is in exposure from the perineum, not the vaginal canal.

This means that the practice of “vaginal seeding” (which involves swabbing the mother’s vagina and applying the fluids to the infant after birth, hoping this will transfer good bacteria to them) is unnecessary.

In a study published last month in the journal Nature, researchers compared the gut microbiomes of nearly 600 babies when they were 4, 7, and 21 days old, and again when they were about a year old. Known as the Baby Biome Study it was the largest one conducted on newborns’ microbiome to date. The researchers found that vaginal seeding is unlikely to have the impact parents are aiming for. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists advises against this procedure because we still lack proof it’s safe and effective, and the researchers behind this study don’t recommend it either.

“The results suggest that swabbing vaginal bacteria is unlikely to change the baby’s gut microbiome,” the study’s authors state in an FAQ. The good news from this research is that a year after their birth, the differences in microbiomes disappeared between the two groups of babies.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said pregnant women should not let this study deter them from following medical advice to have a C-section and researchers will continue to investigate how the microbiome impacts infant immune systems. “Further studies will help us understand the role of gut bacteria in early life and could help us develop therapeutics to create a healthy microbiome,” Peter Brocklehurst, a professor at the University of Birmingham and the study’s principal investigator, told the Telegraph.

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When you’re new to parenthood, you’re often hyper-aware of your baby’s health. How he’s growing, feeding, pooing – and the six-week check-up is where most of us get the reassurance that everything is going okay. There is also the six-week check up for mums, and Dr Elysia Thornton-Benko says that’s a great time to look […]

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Dear Special Needs Mom,

I want you to know that I see you.

I see you running your child to therapy when your friends are running their kids to Little League.

I see you slipping out the of conversation when your friends are all chiming in about milestones and test grades.

I see you juggling appointments and meetings, always making sure you do the best for your child.

I see you sitting at your computer for hours researching what your child needs.

I see you cringe when people whine about the petty things that pale in comparison to your day.

I see you spread thin, but still going the extra mile for your family, and managing to do it with a smile.

I see you digging for depths of strength you never dreamed you had.

I see you showing appreciation to the teachers, therapists and medical professionals who serve your child with you.

I see you reluctantly rising early in the morning to do it all again after another chaotic night.

I see you when you’re hanging on to the end of your rope for dear life.

I know you feel invisible, like nobody notices any of it. But I want you to know that I notice you. I see you in the trenches, relentlessly pushing onward. I see you keep choosing to do everything in your power to give your child the best possible care at home, in school, at therapy, and the doctor. What you’re doing matters. It’s worth it. On those days when you wonder if you can do it another minute, I want you to know that I see you. I want you to know that you’re beautiful. I want you to know that it’s worth it. I want you to know that you aren’t alone. I want you to know that love is what matters most, and you have that nailed.

And on those days when you have breakthroughs, those times when the hard work, pays off and success is yours to cherish, I see you then too, and I am proud of you.

Whichever day today is, you’re worthy, you’re good, and I see you.

This piece was previously published here.

Country singer Ned LeDoux is used to making headlines for his music, but this week he’s all over the news for the worst possible reason. LeDoux and his wife, Morgan, announced they have said goodbye to their baby girl. The couple’s daughter, Haven, died a week ago. She was just two years old. Her death came just six weeks after her second birthday.

“It is with great sadness that Ned & Morgan inform friends and fans that their two year old daughter Haven passed away on October 20th due to a tragic choking accident in the home. The LeDoux family appreciates your love and support and is requesting privacy at this time,” the singer shared on his Facebook page.

According to Taste of Country, the post originally indicated that paramedics rushed to the family’s home on October 20. They attempted to resuscitate Haven, but ultimately their attempts were unsuccessful.

Unfortunately, choking can be very serious. That’s why we’re sharing this story, not to scare parents but to equip ourselves with information.

Just last month, Ned shared an Instagram photo of the beautiful little girl posing in front of a table full of cupcakes on her birthday. “Turned the big #2 today! Happy to be home for this special day. What a character this one,” he wrote alongside the photo.

No parent should ever have to go through the unimaginable pain of losing a child, and our thoughts and hearts are with sweet Haven’s family.

For more information on how to prevent choking, click here.

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