Social Media Use and Postpartum Depression

Social Media Use (SMU) has been associated with increased depression in young adults. Several recent studies have correlated SMU linearly with two times greater odds of depression. Compared with those in the lowest quartile, individuals in the highest quartile of SMU site visits per week and those with a higher media frequency scores had significantly…

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SIDS and Safe Sleep Environment

Bedsharing in the US is rather common. 25% of mothers report bedsharing with their breastfed babies. Unsafe practices related to bed sharing/co-sleeping: Environmental smoke exposure and maternal smoking Sharing sofas, couches, or daybeds with infants Sharing waterbeds or the use of soft bedding materials Sharing beds with adjacent spaces that could trap an infant Placement…

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Sibling Rivalry Is a Common Parental Worry

Sibling Rivalry when you are expecting a new baby Your child’s personality has a biggest effect on how they react to a new baby. Your child’s developmental stage affects how well they can share your attention. Two-year-olds have trouble getting used to a new baby, if their needs for time & attention from their parents…

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Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression (PPD) is a medical condition that causes severe, long-lasting negative emotions or thoughts in the months after the birth of your baby. The feelings associated with PPD can be so strong that you find yourself unable to do normal daily tasks like caring for yourself & your baby. PPD symptoms usually appear between…

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Marijuana Use During Pregnancy – General Overview

Kaiser Permanente of Northern CA screened at 8 weeks prenatal visit (waived consent) from 2009 through 2016, prevalence of prenatal marijuana use based on self-report or toxicology (urine drug screens) increased from 4% to 7%, and was higher based on toxicology than self-report each year. CA study showed 22% of pregnant females younger than 18…

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As a new mom, I was lucky: I knew babies, and I knew biology

I was showing some previously unseen pictures to my daughter the other day. One photo captured her look of complete rapture just as she was handed her newborn daughter after delivery over three years ago. Then Anne said to me, “Oh mom, look how terrified I was!” I never saw any panic on her face…

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