As a baby’s vision improves, she is better able to distinguish between different shapes, colors and movements. While babies are able to see from birth, your baby is very nearsighted and can only focus on what is about a hand’s distance from her face. Guess what! That is about the distance your face is when you are feeding or holding her! So, make sure she gets plenty of … [Read more...] about Vision and Touch & Play
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My first son was born after a difficult 36 hours of labor. The labor was hard and fast, with protracted contractions 2-3 minutes apart and no more than 4 minutes apart for 30 hours.By contrast, labor with my second son was a mere 4 hours from start to finish. And my third son was again, only 5 hours long. The flip side of short labors though, is that they are very … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Having a Better Birth
Ambitious men have always known this truth: a supportive wife advances your career. Turns out, unsurprisingly, that the converse holds true for women: marrying someone who is unsupportive harms your career over time. In honor of the 50th anniversary of admitting women, Harvard Business School conducted an extensive survey of gender disparities in career expectations among … [Read more...] about When Dad’s Ambition Hurts Families
Data from the United Nations shows that between 1990 and 2008, the United States maternal mortality rate nearly doubled, while the overwhelming majority of countries collectively decreased their rates by 34% (Coeytauz et al 2011). We have a right to criticize the shameful state of American maternal care when more money is spent on childbirth than any of other area of … [Read more...] about American Childbirth: A Human Rights Failure?
Just thinking about all the childcare arrangements I’ve made for my three kids over the years makes me break out in an icy sweat even today. The list reads like a daycare c.v. of modern American motherhood, no less important to my career than a resume. From 1997 to 1998, I had a newborn in my employer’s subsidized corporate daycare in New Jersey. Then I had baby number two and … [Read more...] about Daycare Hell