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Teen Moms at a Record Low

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Forget what Bristol Palin, “Teen Mom” and “Sixteen and Pregnant” might have you thinking — teen birthrates hit an all-time low in 2009, according to recently released reports.

With the percentage of teen moms dropping for the second straight year, experts are looking at the recession as one possible cause. Improved use of contraceptives is another variable that may be contributing to the decline.

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Awkward Pregnancy Photos are AMAZING

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Apologies for the caps lock, but this blog post on Pregnant Chicken more than merits it.

From the uncomfortable to the unimaginable, the post showcases some of the best (worst?) of… well… eclectic pregnancy photo shoots.

Got a crazy pregnancy photo yourself? Have your own funny pregnancy shoot story? Share it in the comments!

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L&D… In an MRI Machine

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

No, it wasn’t some crazy accident — the Berlin doctors intended for a woman to give birth in an MRI machine.

Why? Getting MRI images of the entire birth process and witnessing how a baby moves through the birth canal will help doctors understand all sorts of birth complications and and why so many women need c-sections.

The docs spent two years designing an MRI machine that would accommodate a pregnant woman (traditional MRI machines are very long and narrow — not quite the best quarters for someone nine months along).

Pretty cool science!

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2010, in Pop Culture and Baby Names

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

While (no shocker) Aiden and Sophia head the baby-name popularity lists, a little further down on the lists, you’ll find some surprises. Say, Betty. Or… Apollo.

What’s causing the spike in names like these? Take a look back through last  year’s big events, and the answers become clear. “Mad Men” grew in popularity right along with the (character) name Betty, as did “Glee” and the names Quinn and Finn. There was also the Sarah Palin effect, with her daughters’ names Bristol, Piper and Willow rising in the polls. (Shoutout to Willow Smith of “Whip My Hair, too!) Demi and Tiana? Look no further than your latest Disney Princesses. And on the male front, names like Bode, Shaun and Apollo caught on after the winter Olympics.

Use our baby-namer tool to find the right name for you, then create a poll to get others’ opinions.

And, here’s more on the top names of 2010.

Tell us: Would you name  your child after a pop-culture influence? What are your favorite up-and-coming names?

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November is National Adoption Month!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Whether you’re considering adoption, somewhere in the process or already an adoptive parent, November is  the month to talk about it. Get advice and share your own experience on our message boards, and find tons of info in our adoption section.

Other great resources for adoption include AdoptUsKids and Adoption Advocates International. At both these sites, you’ll find tons of info, as well as help starting the process.

Are you an adoptive parent, in the process or thinking about it? Post about your own experience in the comments.

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Society’s Split on IVF — Where do You Stand?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Right on the heels of Robert Edward’s Nobel Prize win for his contributions to in vitro fertilization (IVF) comes the news that Nadya Suleman’s (AKA Octomom) doctor may lose his license for his work with her.

While Dr. Michael Kamrava’s legal woes are related to the way he practiced IVF (implanting far more embryos than national guidelines permit), not the practice of IVF itself, the suit is still indicative of a larger battle.

Even as IVF helps  thousands of women to conceive and receives awards, the technology and its usage still has heavy adversaries, including insurance companies and certain religions.

What are your thoughts on IVF? Is it a wonderful tool, immoral or something else entirely?

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It’s American Baby Cover Contest Time!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

American Baby Cover ContestThink your babe’s got star potential? Enter the little one in American Baby’s 2011 cover contest!

It’s easy to do — just upload photos of your three-month to two-year-old with our easy tool, and they ‘re in the running. Five finalists will get a trip to NYC and $1,000, and one winner will appear on the cover. Make sure to enter before December 18 to be eligible.

Good luck!

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A New — and Cheaper — Cure for Infertility?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

From across the pond comes new hope for couples struggling with fertility. Creators of a device called the DuoFertility system claim statistics prove it’s as successful as IVF, but way cheaper — with a one-year money-back guarantee, no less.

The device is worn under the woman’s arm, and measures body temperature 20,000 times every day, which in turn helps to identify the most fertile days and the best time to try.

What do you think? Would you give the new device a try?

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