Bills supporting nursing, pregnant mothers pass

On Dec. 29, 2022, the following federal bills were signed into law, expanding federal protections for both pregnant and breastfeeding workers.  • PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act: PUMP stands for…

Bill limiting medical marijuana for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers advances

The South Dakota legislature is considering a bill that prevents pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers from accessing medical cannabis. Rep. Fred Deutsch brought the bill for consideration. The Republican from…

Mother’s healthy, comprehensive diet supports the child’s neurodevelopment, study reveals

Maternal gestational diabetes mellitus may have unfavorable effects on the neurodevelopment of 2-year-old children. On the other hand, a mother’s healthy, comprehensive diet supports the child’s neurodevelopment, reveals a new…

Postpartum psychosis: new mothers speak out over need for support | Pregnancy

Orlaith Quinn was an outgoing, vivacious mother of two until halfway through her third pregnancy, when she became uncharacteristically withdrawn. She raised her anxiety in checkups, but doctors told her…

Health of mothers, fetuses, and children are all affected by the maternal environment

A recent editorial published in the journal BMC Medicine examined existing literature for associations between the mother’s and offspring’s health outcomes and a broad range of maternal characteristics related to…

Mother’s exposure to air pollution and psychological stress may disrupt fetal growth

Fetal growth -; which is delicate and precisely programmed -; may be disrupted by a mother’s exposure to air pollution and psychological stress during early to mid-pregnancy, a new USC…

Babies born to Black mothers die far more often than those with white mothers

Babies born to Black mothers are twice as likely to die in the first month than infants born to white women. But the disparity is even wider among infants conceived…

Reduced initiation and duration of breastfeeding in SARS-CoV-2-positive mothers

A recent study published in the journal Academic Pediatrics evaluated the associations between severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection and early breastfeeding. Study: Association of SARS-CoV-2 Infection with…

Early skin-to-skin contact between mothers and premature babies has many benefits, study shows

Babies who are born two to three months early are usually separated from their mother in the first hours after birth. The fact that skin-to-skin contact between the newborn and…

Researchers investigate how mother’s mood affects language development in infants

Communicating with babies in infant-directed-speech is considered an essential prerequisite for successful language development of the little ones. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences…