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21Jun
2021

Sharing Bed With Baby: Dangerous, and It Won't Boost 'Attachment,' Study Shows

Sharing Bed With Baby: Dangerous, and It Won`t Boost `Attachment,` Study ShowsMONDAY, June 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Whether to share your bed with your infant at night has been the subject of heated debate: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises against it, recommending room-sharing but not bed-sharing, while others promote the practice as part of an idea called attachment parenting. Now, a new study finds bed-sharing did nothing to boost mother-infant bonding."I wanted to study this issue because this is one of the most controversial topics in infant sleep research," said Ayten Bilgin, a lecturer in development psychology at the University of Kent, in England. "Our main finding is that parental bed-sharing during the first six months does not affect secure attachments of the baby and the mother, and also mother's bonding with the baby," Bilgin...

Survey Finds Many Adults Don't Want Kids -- and They're...

21 June 2021
Survey Finds Many Adults Don`t Want Kids -- and They`re HappyMONDAY, June 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Marriage and children may be the norm for most Americans, but a new study shows that many people are choosing to remain child-free — and they're happy that way.The study of 1,000 Michigan adults found that one-quarter had opted not to have kids. And, on average, their life-satisfaction ratings were no different from those of parents or people who planned to have children.On one hand, the findings could be seen as surprising, according to study co-author Jennifer Watling Neal, an associate professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing.In the United States, she said, it's still the norm for adults to start a family, and many people find a sense of fulfillment from having children. So it's possible that people without kids would, on...

Dads of 'Preemie' Babies Can Be Hit by Depression

18 June 2021
Dads of `Preemie` Babies Can Be Hit by Depression FRIDAY, June 18, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Postpartum depression strikes fathers of premature babies more often than previously thought, and it can linger longer in fathers than in mothers, a new study finds. The researchers screened for depression in 431 parents of premature infants in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and identified depression symptoms in 33% of mothers and 17% of fathers. After the babies were brought home, there was a more than 10-fold drop in depression screening scores among mothers, but scores tended to remain the same in fathers, according to researchers at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.Postpartum depression in new mothers is well recognized and known to worsen if the baby requires intensive care, but depression in new fathers...

Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: Study

17 June 2021
Pfizer, Moderna Vaccines Do No Harm to Male Fertility: StudyTHURSDAY, June 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- The Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines pose no threat to male fertility, a finding experts hope will prompt more men to get vaccinated.Researchers noted that the original clinical trials of the two mRNA vaccines didn't assess how they might affect fertility."Vaccine hesitancy is a barrier to ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and we believe some of that hesitancy is due to public opinion about whether the vaccine might negatively affect fertility," said senior study author Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, director of the Reproductive Urology Program at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine."We were the first to demonstrate that the COVID virus, itself, can affect male fertility and be a potential cause for erectile dysfunction," he said in a...

$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With Insurance

17 June 2021
$10,000: What New Parents Might Pay for Childbirth, Even With InsuranceTHURSDAY, June 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) -- Having a baby is expensive. The cost of diapers, a crib, a car seat and all the other infant necessities can really add up, and now a new study shows that having a child comes with its own hefty hospital price tag for many U.S. families.About one in six families in the Michigan Medicine study spent more than $5,000 to have a baby. For privately insured families whose babies required time in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), that bill could top $10,000, the findings showed. Some insured families can still find themselves shouldering an astoundingly high financial burden for childbirth-related costs, said lead author Dr. Kao-Ping Chua. He's a pediatrician and researcher at University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and the...
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