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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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New Findings: Early Childhood Investments Substantially Boost Adult Health!

Economist James Heckman and colleagues conducted a new analysis of the Abecedarian Project, one of the oldest and most cited U.S. early childhood (infancy through age 5) intervention programs. Their research report, published on March 27th, 2014 in Science, shows positive effects on adult heath. The researchers collected recent data to find that children who […]

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News Roundup March 4th

Alcohol Consumption in Early Stages of Pregnancy Has Harmful Effect on Placenta Scientists have identified two harmful effects of consuming alcohol during the early stages of a pregnancy: Damage to the placenta and reduction of the important amino acid called ‘Taurine’ that is delivered through the placenta from the mother to her baby. “This research […]

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News Roundup February 19th

Administration Officials Review the State of the Union and Discuss Opportunities in Early Childhood Learning “The reason we’re here is every child — every single child in our country — deserves to have a fair chance to live up to his or her God-given potential,” _Hilary Clinton As over 1,100 early learning stakeholders met on […]

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News Roundup January 29th

Exposure to Nicotine in the Womb Increases Long-Term Risk of Obesity Recent research shows exposure to nicotine from either smoking or NRT (nicotine replacement therapy i.e., gum, patches, nasal spray and lozenges) in the womb, causes an increased risk of obesity and other long-term adverse reactions. The study was led by Daniel Hardy, PhD, assistant […]

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Quick and Helpful Resources on Early Brain Development

“The parents in our program are busy. I know they care about early brain development but they don’t have much free time to read about it. What do you suggest we share with them?” This question was asked during one of the For Our Babies Bookclub discussions with Dr. Lally. Because we think it’s a […]

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News Roundup January 13th

A New Study Suggests a Father’s Diet and Folate (Vitamin B9) Levels Before Conception May Be as Important to Infant Health and Development as That of the Mother A recent study from McGill University using mice with low paternal dietary folate levels showed alterations in mouse sperm epigenome associated with negative pregnancy outcomes. This study […]

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News Roundup December 30th

Inadequate Pregnancy Weight Gain Increases Risk of Infant Mortality According to a recent study out of the University of Maryland School of Public Health, not gaining enough weight during pregnancy can put babies at risk. Researchers examined the relationship between the mother’s body mass index, gestational weight gain before and during pregnancy, and infant mortality […]

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