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News Roundup August 10th

Products with Antibacterial Compounds Expose Women and Fetuses to Potential Health Risks This recent study from Arizona State University (ASU) has found two compounds, triclosan and triclocarbon (commonly used germ-killers in soaps and other products), in all of the pregnant women and in about half of the fetuses they tested. There is increased evidence showing […]

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News Roundup July 24th

Study Shows How Early Maternal Attachment Behavior Hardwires the Infant Brain New research out of New York University Langone is the first to show – in real-time electrical readings from rat pups’ brains- how early maternal attachment behaviors such as nursing, protecting, and grooming of pups, influence key stages of postnatal brain development. The mother’s […]

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Guest Blog: The Reading Relationship

Guest Blog By Deborah J. Weatherston, PhD A recent recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that parents read aloud regularly to their babies beginning in infancy is really big news for babies and the infant mental health community.  Literacy promotion by pediatricians during every well baby visit encourages parents to listen and very […]

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News Roundup June 11th

Memories of Life as an Infant are Forgotten due to Rapid Pace of Brain Growth  The LA Times reported this month on research by Neuroscientists in Japan and Canada who recently conducted a series of experiments showing how more memories are retained with a slower pace of brain-cell generation. The results of these experiments were […]

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A Call to Action on Behalf of Babies

The United States is the only industrialized nation in the world without a paid-leave policy for parents at or around the birth of a child. Prenatal care in the United States remains expensive, while virtually all other industrialized countries provide free or affordable prenatal care. And, while families in the U.S. pay about 80 percent […]

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Free Download: Recommended Supports and Services for Babies and Their Families

Chapter 7 of J. Ronald Lally’s book For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America’s Infants is now available on-line for free! This chapter, titled Recommended Supports and Services for Babies and Their Families,  presents 20 recommendations for the direct and indirect supports that families need to help with the care of their babies. […]

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News Roundup May 2nd

Mother’s Diet Before Conception Affects Her Child’s GenesThis new study provides the first evidence in humans that a mother’s diet before conception could permanently affect her child’s DNA and lifelong health. Professor Andrew Prentice, Professor of International Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said: “Our on-going research is yielding strong indications […]

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The Human Brain’s Need For a “Social Womb” During Infancy

In this article “The Human Brains Need for a Social WombFINALApril2014” J. Ronald Lally tells us why the young brain needs a protected and nurtured experience equivalent to the protection a fetus receives in the womb. Because of the lasting impact of early brain structuring, Lally argues that whether a baby is cared for at […]

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Paid Family Leave In California: Need for Outreach

Most American workers have very few options when it comes to taking time off to bond with a new born, adopted or foster child. National legislation, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), only ensures 12 weeks of unpaid leave to those who are covered by the law.  Due to restrictions in who is covered, 40% of […]

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News Roundup March 31st

Senate Passes Child Care and Community Block Grant Reauthorization On March 13, 2014, the Senate voted 96 to 2 to pass S. 1086, the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (CCDBG), reauthorizing the the CCDBG Act of 1990 through Fiscal Year 2020.  The bill was lauded as an example of how the Senate […]

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