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2010-05-06 14:55:00

According to a new report, women in the U.S. are having children later, fewer of them are married, and the percentage of teenage mothers of newborns has dropped compared to 20 years ago. The report said that only nine percent of births were to women 35 years and older in 1990, and 13 percent were to adolescents.  However, the numbers shifted by 2008 when 10 percent of births were to teens and 14 percent were to older women. "The demography of motherhood in the United States has shifted...

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2010-05-04 09:20:00

A charity group's list has placed the United States at a meager 28th place on a list of the best countries in the world to be a mother, being shown up by many smaller and more underdeveloped countries. The latest Save the Children "Mothers Index" placed Norway at the top of the list, followed by several other developed countries. Afghanistan ranked the worst, with several African states close behind. Several poorer countries, including the Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania ranked...

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2010-03-03 07:46:07

Signals affect babies' behavior and temperament Among rhesus macaque monkeys, mothers who weigh more and have had previous pregnancies produce more and better breast milk for their babies than mothers who weigh less and are less experienced. Scientists from the Smithsonian Institution and the University of California, Davis are using this natural variation in breast milk quality and quantity to show that a mother's milk sends a reliable signal to infants about their environment. This signal...

2010-02-28 21:24:00

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The acclaimed Korean film "Mother" hit the mother lode at the 2010 Green Globe Film Awards with nominations in six categories. Although Korea's submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the 82nd Academy Awards was overlooked by the Oscars, the film was the top pick by global film lovers when selecting the nominations for the Green Globe 100 Viewers' Choice awards. "Mother" has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film, Best...

2010-02-18 12:40:00

People favor not only a mother, but also her child and their relationship when she is not employed outside the home full-time Although a woman's role in the home varies, a recent study shows that people favor not only a mother, but also her child and their relationship when she is not employed outside the home full time. A Kansas State University study evaluated the perceptions people have of women and their children based on the woman's work status. The findings showed that people value, and...

2010-02-01 18:30:31

Young children of Hispanic mothers whose dominant language is Spanish spend less time in front of the TV than children whose mothers speak mostly English, according to research led by investigators at Johns Hopkins Children's Center and published in the February issue of Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine. Although the study was not designed to answer why the children of Spanish-speaking mothers watch less TV, the researchers believe it might be a reflection of a cultural...

2010-01-22 12:53:14

Research: The effect of maternal child marriage on morbidity and mortality of children under 5 in India: Cross-sectional study of a nationally representative sample Infants born to child brides in India (married before the age of 18) have a higher risk of malnutrition than children born to older mothers, according to research published on bmj.com today. However, low birth weight and childhood mortality are not significantly linked with the age of the mother, concludes the research, and the...

2009-11-09 15:19:52

New report By African Science Academies The lives of almost 4 million women, newborns, and children in sub-Saharan Africa could be saved every year if well-established, affordable health care interventions reached 90 percent of families, according to a joint report by the national science academies of seven African countries. Many African nations are underutilizing existing scientific knowledge to save lives, says the report, which calls on scientists, health care providers, policymakers, and...

2009-10-22 13:07:55

Midwives often struggle to meet the needs of pregnant women who are lesbians, with patients reporting that the focus is often on their sexuality rather than the fact that they are expecting a baby, according to research in the November issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing. The findings have led Swedish researchers from Linkopings University and Uppsala University Hospital to call for special training for midwives, more neutral healthcare routines and forms and special education groups for...

2009-09-03 12:06:22

The joys of motherhood for many women can also lead other new moms to experience postpartum depression and even worse "“ ideas for committing suicide. For these women contemplating taking their own lives, the mother-infant relationship and development was a negative experience, with greater mood disturbances, cognitive distortions, low maternal self-esteem, negative perceptions of their effectiveness as a new parent and noticeably less responsiveness to their infants' cues. Those are...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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