CNN's Anderson Cooper investigates and debunks the medical research Todd Akin used in his "legitimate rape" remarks.
Although it's been in the works -- and riled alarmists (Whoopi Goldberg had some choice words to share back in May) -- for a while, New York City's "Latch On NYC" initiative, which will be put into practice in 27 of the city's 40 hospitals beginning on September 2, has caught a recent wave of inflammatory flack among various 'news' sources, mom bloggers, and more.
When a 12-day-old boy died in her arms, Catalina Escobar was devastated.
Catalina Escobar and her foundation provide education and support to teen moms in Colombia.
An Australian airline's policy prohibiting male passengers from sitting next to kids traveling alone has fueled a social media firestorm and caused the company to review the rule.
A publicly funded school in Louisiana said Tuesday that it may rethink requiring students suspected of being pregnant to be tested medically and, if pregnant, to be home schooled.
A young woman goes from foster care to Capitol Hill intern. CNN's Athena Jones reports on how she did it.
These days, Marchelle Roberts is a confident 22-year-old who smiles easily and talks excitedly about her plans for the future.
There's a new kid on the block, and chances are he's in a stroller being pushed by a stay-at-home dad.
The number of women dying of pregnancy and childbirth-related complications has been cut nearly in half over the past two decades, reflecting important and hard-won gains in improving access to family planning and maternal health across the world.
Amanda Burger and Amanda Prentice live more than 700 miles apart. They have never met, but they share something even more unusual than a first name.
For Luke Foreman, seeing double has always been the norm.
Is it just me, or are we a little obsessed with how celebrities look after having babies? Sure, famous people are always fun to watch (especially when they do cool things like Mila Kunis and save lives), but could all this ogling their midsections, thighs, butts and boobs shortly after they've experienced one of the most natural and precious experiences of their lives be a little ... twisted?
"Why is the teen birth rate in the United States so high, and why does it matter?" Those questions are posed in the title of a new paper in the Journal of Economic Perspectives getting a good deal of applause on the Internet.
Time magazine's recent cover story featuring Jamie Lynne Grumet breastfeeding her almost four-year-old son raised a firestorm about different styles of parenting. Along with the headline -- "Are you mom enough?" -- the piece makes every mother question whether she should practice attachment parenting and in the process, embrace all things natural. Wear your baby! Make your own baby food! Breastfeed! Sleep with your baby! Give birth at home -- and don't use painkillers!
CNN's Erin Burnett talks to the woman at the center of Time magazine's breast-feeding cover story.
The "mommy war" between stay-at-home and working mothers is in danger of being overshadowed by another maddening contest: the one between mothers in the U.S. and France.
It is Mother's Day, and let us celebrate single-mother households -- not as half empty, but as half full of strong women. It is a good time to encourage children raised by women to see themselves as resilient, not doomed. And it is time, today and every day, for our culture to stop assigning blame and start offering help.
The "mommy wars" that have cropped up repeatedly this campaign season are a figment of political pundits' imagination. The most recent example, of course, was the political and media tempest that followed Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen's comment that Ann Romney, Mitt Romney's wife and a mother of five, had not "worked a day in her life." Many made political hay with the remark.
CNN's Joe Johns recaps the rapid criticism against Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen for her Ann Romney remarks.
Showbiz Tonight asks: Is it fair for people to criticize Jessica Simpson for gaining weight during her pregnancy?
I recently saw video of an interview I'd done a couple years ago, when I was ginormously pregnant. Next to Annie Lennox, I was nine months along, with body parts bloated beyond recognition and heading in directions they normally don't.
One innovative father spends $20,000 to develop an app that blocks teens' phones in the car.
How young is too young for a child to have a cell phone?
"I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas, but what I decided to do was fulfill my profession," Hillary Clinton famously snapped on the campaign trail two decades ago Friday. Mostly, we remember the comment as a moment in the perpetual mommy wars, but I tend to think about it as a moment in the history of chocolate chip cookies.
Traveling while breast-feeding is no easy feat in the best of circumstances. When Transportation Security Administration officials don't follow the agency's rules, getting through the airport with the gear -- and a baby -- gets more difficult.
Sierra Leone and Liberia have some of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, with 15-24 year olds accounting for 40% of such deaths) and two years ago, agencies IPPF and FORWARD listened to hundreds of African voices talking about sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Adopted children are twice as likely to abuse drugs if their biological parents did too, suggesting that genetics do indeed play a role in the development of substance abuse problems.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday unveiled a new crash test dummy to be used to evaluate child safety seats and boosters made for children weighing more than 65 pounds.
Author Pamela Druckerman discusses her book on why french children are better behaved and what Americans can learn.
You finish your child's puzzles. You solve his spats. Heck, you'd cut his applesauce if he asked. It's time to stop being a micromanaging mom. Help has arrived...It's a bird! It's a plane! No, wait... it's you, the Helicopter Parent. That shadow over your kid?
GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum challenges the prenatal testing policy found in the 2010 health care legislation.
In an effort to ease high unemployment numbers among military spouses, the Obama administration plans to highlight the need to streamline occupational licensing between states.
He was known only as A.J.A.-- a little boy at the center of a international custody fight that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The near decade-long dispute has now come to an end, not because of any judicial action, but simply because of time.
Playdates used to be as simple as, well, child's play. That's because until not so long ago, that's all they were: a couple of kids spending a couple of hours together, shooting hoops or playing a board game while Mom (natch), a homemaker (natch again), looked in from time to time, filling the snack bowl as needed.
In most of the country, employers can force pregnant workers out of the workplace when their pregnancy interferes with their normal job duties.
Young children are far more likely to experience attention and hyperactivity problems if their mother develops diabetes during pregnancy and they are born into a poor or lower-middle-class household, a new study suggests.
A frustrated mom stages a breast-feeding sit-in at Target. CNN's Isha Sesay has more.
A mother who says she was harassed and humiliated by employees while breastfeeding her baby at a Target store in Texas last month prompted a nationwide "nurse-in" on Wednesday to show support for the public practice.
Robin Lim, a woman who has helped poor Indonesian women have a healthy pregnancy and birth, is 2011 CNN Hero of the Year.
Health officials will be comparing samples to determine if two newborn infants were infected with the same strain of the bacteria that led to the rare infections that killed one and sickened another in the past month.
Billy McKnight, father of Mindy McCready's son talks to CNN's Erin Burnett about the latest on the whereabouts of his son.
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul discusses new research that shows how much we learn in the womb.
When does learning begin? As I explain in the talk I gave at TED, learning starts much earlier than many of us would have imagined: in the womb.
Elizabeth Cohen reports on the government's ruling on the morning-after pill for young teens.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' directive overruling the Food and Drug Administration's decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter for all women, including girls under 17, was not only unprecedented, it was substantively without merit.
There was a time when gay parents and single adoptive mothers were unheard of, but the new norm is that almost anything works well as long as there's a dedicated adult and plenty of love
The teen's mother began to suspect something was wrong a few weeks before her son told a school principal that former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky had molested him.
With Joe Paterno and Penn State president ousted, questions are now focused on Mike McQueary. Mary Snow has more.
For the first time ever, a majority of working women received paid maternity leave, according to a new study. But the U.S. still has a long way to go to catch up to the rest of the industrialized world.
Pregnancy has been no inconvenience for Jessica Simpson so far. In fact, she loves it.
Noël Plummer can't imagine making a conscious decision to inflict physical pain on her 8-year-old daughter as a punishment. She's only slapped her daughter once, without thinking, when her then-5-year-old was having an enormous tantrum.
If a measure of a successful society is its ability to prevent infant deaths, then there is an ugly truth in the United States today that public health officials know but the public largely does not: Too many of our babies are dying, and they don't have to.
Actress Kristin Davis introduces Top 10 CNN Hero Robin Lim, who helps poor women in Indonesia have healthy pregnancies.
In Niger, a woman gives birth to an average of nearly eight children. Countries like Uganda, Mali and Somalia are close behind, with an average of six to seven children per woman.
Robin Lim is helping thousands of low-income women in Indonesia have a healthy pregnancy and birth.
The California state auditor has found that more than 1,000 state-licensed facilities -- including more than 600 for kids -- matched addresses in the sex-offender registry, saying oversight mechanisms lag behind state requirements.
Soccer practices, dance rehearsals, playdates, and other scheduling conflicts make family mealtime seem like a thing of the past. Suddenly, we're feeding our kids breakfast bars during the morning commute, sneaking 100-calorie packs at our desks, and grabbing dinner at the drive-thru window.
The Insurance Institute for Higway Safety has a new list of safe car booster seats for kids. CNN's Holly Firfer reports.
Here is expert advice on common parenting situations, so you'll know when to meddle and when to stay mum.
A same-sex couple has been turned away at the Supreme Court in a cross-state dispute to have both of them officially listed as the parents of an adopted 5-year-old boy.
The Spice Girl says she was laughing as she gave birth to her daughter
Instead of contractions, they're called surges. And don't call it labor, it's birthing. When the discomfort of childbirth kicks in, it's pressure -- not pain.
Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.
â¢ Was she buying maternity clothes? Mom-to-be Rebecca Gayheart stepped out and went shopping at Madison boutique's Melrose Avenue location in L.A. The friendly actress chatted with employees about her pregnancy and swooped up some summer must-haves, including an L Space swimsuit and Sunahara dress.
The duchess (and new RAF wife) quizzes spouses and laments long deployments
I'm eight months pregnant and plan to breastfeed. I will go back to work after a few months and am thinking about getting a heavy-duty double breast pump, but the new ones are very expensive. Is it safe to buy or rent a used one? I'm worried about the germs that might be inside the pump but can't really afford a new one.
I marvel at how many people live in blended families and how well they seem to manage.
Women who gain weight after giving birth for the first time dramatically increase their risk of developing pregnancy-related diabetes during their second pregnancy, a new study suggests.
My son, Jack, asked me The Question one evening while watching "Olivia" on Nick Jr. It was triggered by a scene where Olivia's father helps her look for her superspecial red-and-white tights.
When she found the lump in her breast, Jessica Denton had known she was pregnant with her first child for just a few days.
In 2010, a study found women with no family history of breast cancer do not benefit from mammograms at an early age.
If there was a job posting for a stepmother it might read:
MTV's "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom" have been called one of the best public service campaigns to prevent teen pregnancy. However, some critics have criticized the shows for "glamorizing" teen pregnancy.
"I feel empowered," says The Game star, who is expecting a baby boy on July 3
Mother's Day is a sad occasion for many, but not all of the 15 million U.S. stepmothers who have stepchildren under the age of 18.
All newborn babies cry, but Anika Reese seemed to be in a category all her own. She screamed in pain nearly all the time, grabbing her own little cheeks so forcefully she sometimes drew blood.
Children whose mothers are exposed to high amounts of certain pesticides while pregnant appear to have lower IQs than their peers when they reach school age, according to three government-funded studies released today.
"We always knew we wanted a big family," Spelling tells PEOPLE. "Four [children] keeps popping into my head"
When people find out I'm a dietitian, they often ask me what not to eat. I often find myself trying to gracefully redirect the topic. Although it's true Americans eat too much of various types of food, a fixation on risk and avoidance seems to have eclipsed efforts to eat wholesome, delicious foods.
The Obamas and Bidens launch a new military family initiative aimed at supporting familes of U.S. troops.
Starting Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, plan to visit four states in two days to raise public awareness of the needs of families of military service members.
The Wards couldn't believe the news when their tax preparer called to tell them they're getting a $54,000 refund this year.
In a new policy statement published in the April 2011 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age 2, or until they exceed the height or weight limit for the car seat, which can be found on the back of the seat.
CNN's Elizabeth Cohen explains why some lawmakers want to keep kids in car seats longer.
New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may change the way many parents buckle up their kids.
For students, spring break is a week of freedom that makes the long stretch between winter break and summer vacation. If you're a student's parent, however, spring break can also be a week-long headache that forces you to overhaul your daily routine.
A Florida father was found with the dead body of his adopted daughter in his truck and another severely ill child.
The adoptive mother of a Florida girl found dead in a plastic bag in her husband's truck has been charged with first-degree murder, police said Saturday.
First lady Michelle Obama found herself at the center of an unlikely breast-feeding debate this week when three prominent conservative women criticized her for encouraging the creation of a "nanny state."
CNN's John King holds a discussion on the IRS decision that breast-feeding is a medical expense.
Right before Christmas 2002, Tara Hallman was told her 20-week-old fetus had spina bifida, a common birth defect of the spine.
If the hero of Super Bowl XLV is Flozell or Atari, Maurkice or Mewelde, look for those names in 25 years at Super Bowl LXX, because Americans like to name their newborns after contemporary American sports heroes, or my name isn't Fuzzy.
"I was just hoping â¦ I could show up somewhere with a big belly," she says
After years of tabloid photos of celebrities buying coffee, going to the gym and occasionally flashing the camera as they step out of cars, there's not a whole lot that is private in Hollywood anymore -- including childbirth.
As if deciding how to handle an unplanned pregnancy wasn't stressful enough, several studies in recent years have suggested that young women who have an abortion may be at increased risk of mental health problems afterward.
"You know you're an extreme parent if your child, who does not have a documented learning disability, has more than three tutors."
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