More than 3.8 million babies were born in the U.S. last year, but the birth rate drop was the largest one-year decline since 2010. Why hasn’t the downward trend changed direction, even though economic conditions have improved? Amna Nawaz explores…
By PBS NewsHour
On the second day of my son's life, born 11 weeks early, a woman approached me in the NICU with a guitar and other instruments. As a music therapist, she said she had scientifically proven ways of alleviating the stress…
By Terry Rubin
Scientists look into how often new parents use social media, why some use it more than others and what the impact might be on new parents’ mental health.
By Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, The Conversation
By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
The Central Valley — a vast agricultural and mostly low-income swath of California — has seen an unprecedented spike in congenital syphilis over the last few years.
By Megan Thielking, STAT
A flurry of high-tech baby products has hit the market in recent months, but experts say there hasn’t been thorough research on many of those products and warn that they can sometimes do more harm than good.
In the wake of the CDC’s revelation that Zika virus causes microcephaly in infants, doctors are grappling with the thorny issue of whether they should recommend that women in high-risk areas avoid getting pregnant this summer. Hari Sreenivasan talks to…
The World Health Organization offered a powerful new warning about the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which apparently causes birth defects such as microcephaly and neurological problems. Officials estimate that there could be 3 to 4 million cases in…
By PBS NewsHour
Transmitted by mosquitos, the Zika virus can cause babies to be born with unusually small heads and brain damage. It has spread from Brazil to several countries and territories in the Americas, with a handful of cases confirmed in the…
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