Thanks Rachelle Wilkinson for sharing this cute blog post. Orginally published on Wilkinson Quints + 2. Ah, memories…..
With my mother-in-law here this week, we decided to be adventurous and give the babies their first bath in the big tub. It was quite a workout getting everyone undressed, weighed, bathed and dressed again—all while trying to prevent drowning and other life-threatening activities. The babies had a blast, and in the end, so did we!
Continue reading Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Five Babies in a Tub
Courtesy of AAA.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Teen drivers are involved in more crashes per mile driven than drivers of any other age group.
Parents play the biggest role in keeping their teens safe behind the wheel. Risky driving, traffic violations and crashes are lower among teens whose parents set limits on their driving privileges.
What better time than during Teen Driver Safety Week to establish a parent-teen driving agreement ─having rules and restrictions written down in advance establishes a driving as a privilege. Click here to download the AAA parent-teen agreement.
We encourage you to visit our teen website, Keys2Drive, for a full range of tools to help you and your teen throughout the learning-to-drive process. Get the information you need on driver education, GDL, insurance, risks and responsibilities, all in ONE place, TeenDriving.AAA.com.
- National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month
- Fire Prevention Month – How to be safe
- Atlanta MOST Mom Gathering- Thanks for the Donations
- Adopt A Family – starting soon!
- Stories from the Heart blog
More Halloween photos at flickr
Continue reading MOST eNews October 2013
Please welcome MOST”s newest board member, Lisa Share PhD. We are fortunate to have her on our Board of Directors.
Lisa Share, PhD, has worked in the early childhood and elementary education fields for eighteen years. She taught public school for ten years before becoming an administrator. During her spare time, she was an adjunct faculty at the university level.
After having triplets, Lisa took some time off to spend with her family. She currently is the Specialization Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education programs at Walden University. Lisa lives in Georgia with her family.
Thank you Lisa for volunteering with MOST.
According to a new study, the percentage of adults of childbearing age getting fertility treatments hasn’t changed since 2002. “Infertility rates have come down a little bit,” says Dr. Anjani Chandra, researcher at the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “That surprises people because they think it is going up. In fact, it really hasn’t been the case.” Continue reading Is the Fertility Crisis a Myth?
A new study from Princeton University finds that children conceived during the month of May face a 10 percent increase in risk of being born prematurely compared to babies conceived at other times of the year. The reason? Flu viruses.
Expectant mothers have increased exposure to the seasonal flu during January and February, exactly when a baby conceived in May would be nearing term.
“We were surprised that the relationship between potential flu exposure and premature birth appears to be so evident in the data,” said study author Janet Currie, director of the Center for Health and Wellbeing at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. “There has been some recent work suggesting that flu can induce premature labor in women late in pregnancy, and our results appear to corroborate this.”
Currie, who conducted the study with researcher Hannes Schwandt, added that if pregnant women got flu shots, they might not be at risk of premature labor due to flu infection.
Another interesting finding: babies conceived during the summer months tended to weigh slightly more at birth than babies conceived at other times of the year.
“The birth weight results suggest that infants conceived during the summer have higher birth weight in part because mothers tend to gain more weight during pregnancy when they conceive in summer,” Currie said. “It seems likely that this is because they have a better diet, though we cannot directly observe that in our data.
“We cannot rule out other factors that might also be important for pregnancy outcomes,” she said. “But we think the message of our paper is that parents should take steps to guard against known problems,” suggesting that the most practical thing pregnant women can do is simply eat well and get a seasonal flu shot. “That would probably be a more sensible approach then trying to time conception to avoid May.”
Read the full story.
Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have developed a machine that can analyze babies’ cries and make it easier for physicians to identify neurological or developmental issues in children.
“Slight variations in cries, mostly imperceptible to the human ear, can be a ‘window into the brain’ that could allow for early intervention,” Continue reading Can a Baby’s Cry Predict Autism?
What a great day…perfect weather! A record number of families were able to attend and it was fun for everyone.
It was wonderful to see everyone and to chat and visit.
Continue reading So much fun: MOST Wonderful Family Carnival June 2013
Safer in 7 – tips from our friends at Family Voices and Safe Kids USA
- Jiggle your kid’s car seat. If it moves more than 1 inch at the base, tighten it up.
- Secure furniture and TVs. Mount flat screens and keep bulky-style TVs on a low and stable base.
- Check smoke and CO alarms. Replace devices every 10 years. Replace batteries every year.
- Scan your home for places kids can get into medicine. It is pills in purses, vitamins on counters, and medicine in daily reminder boxes that curious kids get into.
- Check around your house for coin-sized button batteries.
- Ask your kid’s coaches if they have had concussion or safety training.
- Take Action Against Distraction.
You can read more about these steps and why they are important at: http://www.safekidsday.com/safer-in-7/
The End of Premature Births?
Scientists do not know exactly how or why labor begins during a full term pregnancy, what magic switch starts the birthing process. But researchers at the University of Sheffield’s Medical School in the United Kingdom may have found it.
While researching experimental drugs called histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), which stop uterine contractions once they begin, scientists discovered a chemical called TNF. TNF is naturally produced by a woman’s body and released once the uterus gets too inflamed, causing the contractions that begin labor. TNF actually caused muscle contractions to start again even after the HDACi drugs had successfully stopped them.
“Understanding how to prevent this inflammation, or how to stop it blocking those key genes needed to stop contraction of the womb, would lead to new treatments to prevent premature births,” said lead researcher Dr. Neil Chapman. Read the full article here.
Continue reading Medical Research Updates – Premature Birth Prevention, NEC