FastCo explores the invasive practice of taking someone else's baby's pictures off Instagram and pretending that the baby is yours, or even, you
. It's called Fake Adoption
or Baby Role-Playing.
In response to the FC article, Instagram has declared, "This type of content violates our terms. Once a parent or guardian reports it to us, we work quickly to remove it."
Relax on your pristine white couch and enjoy these realistic depictions of motherhood
"Postpartum depression isn’t always postpartum. It isn’t even always depression. A fast-growing body of research is changing the very definition of maternal mental illness, showing that it is more common and varied than previously thought." ‘Thinking of Ways to Harm Her’
and "After Baby, an Unraveling"
. [more inside]
Since mid-2011, a substantial rise in pertussis [Whooping Cough] cases has been reported in the state of Washington. In response to this increase, the Washington State Secretary of Health declared a pertussis epidemic on April 3, 2012. By June 16, the reported number of cases in Washington in 2012 had reached 2,520 (37.5 cases per 100,000 residents), a 1,300% increase compared with the same period in 2011 and the highest number of cases reported in any year since 1942 [Make sure you don't miss Figure 1]. Commentators are already drawing corellations
with the fact that Washington State leads the nation in vaccine non-compliance
, Washington State's recent cutbacks in public health funding
, and increases in the number of uninsured (PDF)
. [more inside]
Science is Rewriting the Rules of Reproduction
Aarathi Prasad's new book investigates taking sex out of the reproduction equation. [more inside]
During his tenure as Mayor of New York City, "public health autocrat
" Michael Bloomberg has attempted
to regulate trans fats
and sugar-filled sodas
. Now, he has a fresh target: moms who don't breastfeed. Beginning September 3, NYC hospitals participating in a new, voluntary program: Latch-On NYC
-pdf-), will make formula less accessible, to encourage moms of newborns to breastfeed instead of using formula
. [more inside]
Jeff Atwood, co-founder of StackOverflow/StackExchange (previously
) is also fairly well known for blogging about programming and human factors. Today he wrote a post about Parenthood.
Sure a baby has a swimming reflex but that doesn't mean watching them swim
isn't absolutely terrifying
The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy. (SLNYT article on selective reduction) [more inside]
One in every 8 babies born in the US is premature
. A new study (pdf/via)
published online Wednesday in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology
indicates that vaginal progesterone gel can help women who are pregnant for the first time and at risk of premature birth extend their pregnancies, reduce potential complications and boost the health of their newborns
. [more inside]
(pdf) Chris Gottlieb writes in the "Baltimore Law Review" about judging parents.
The article discusses instances of racism and classicism in the family court systems.
An adaptation of the "Baltimore Review" article appears in the New York Times. [more inside]
Couples from Western countries, such as Australia
, the US
, and the UK
are turning to surrogates in India
to carry their babies. [more inside]
Hanna Rosin has written a piece for the Atlantic
claiming that the actual health benefits of breast-feeding are surprisingly thin, far thinner than most popular literature indicates. This is pretty controversial following "decades of indoctrination delivered with evangelical fervor
," causing American women "to take it as an article of faith that if they don’t breast-feed their children, they'll grow up to be underachievers plagued with health problems and lacking a bond with their mother". [more inside]
Darren Karnick hands his infant to the presidential candidates
and photographs the results. The Daily Telegraph says the baby primary is a clear win for Obama
. The Boston Globe has more pictures of the candidates with kids
. And should you be embarking on a political career, don't forget to bone up on the Commandments for Policians Who Art Babykissers
, including such sound advice as "thou shouldst not drop babies thou art kissing, for surely, dropped babies will gain thee no votes."
"My Fake Baby"
is a Channel 4 documentary
exploring "the lives of women who spend hundreds of pounds on life-like baby dolls.
Loved like real babies, they're taken for walks, cuddled and even have their nappies changed." Parts 2, 3, 4, 5.
Living With a Dying Baby.
"Families can choreograph their child’s very brief life with their family . . . Sometimes they may have a matter of minutes, so they decide beforehand who can hold the baby, who will cut the umbilical cord, who will hold the baby when you know he is going to die."
Celebrity Baby Blog
explains Babywearing, how to do it and what could be the best way to do it for you and your baby. "Wearing your baby is one of the best things you can do to promote healthy bonding and attachment between you and your little one. Did you know that babies that are worn cry less and are easier to soothe? There are four main types of soft baby carriers: wraps, mei tais, slings and pouches. All are excellent for different types of carries and or different aged children."
How Babies are Made in Germany.
A book for children. (Possibly NSFW.)
UK bans controversial charity ads
In recent weeks, UK newspaper readers have been opening their newspapers to find full-page, colour pictures of a cockroach crawling out of the mouth of a baby. Now the adverts, for children's charity Barnardo's, have been banned. Barnado's maintain
that the pre-Christmas ads were justified as "a way of cutting through the apathy."
A crackdown in Texas.
America - land of the free. And to guarantee that freedom, everyone has to be constantly watchful. Like the photo store clerk from Eckerd
who dutifully reported a Peruvian-born couple's lewd shots of their infants to the Richardson (Dallas/Texas suburbs) police. The photos showed the parents' two infants bathing naked, lying together in bed with their mother (again naked) and the 1-year-old Rodrigo suckling his mother's (naked) breast. So the couple was arrested -- the maximum prison sentence for the crime in question being 20 years -- and the children taken away. (verbatim k5
I was just over at Matt's blog
, and he mentions
that his favorite baby blog is evohr.org
. Personally, mine is henrysdiary.com
. What's yours? Or do you have problems with this sort of site... do you think it's exploitive or otherwise dangerous?
Breast-feeding increases babies' IQ
by 3-5 points, compared to the babies fed with formula. This is probably for two reasons: better nutrition and maternal bonding. Premature babies receive the greatest benefits.
necessary? Don't we already fingerprint/footprint babies after birth here? Is this just an attempt by our overzealous government to have a classification of every citizen on file? Police these days are scary enough for adults let alone children. Save the children...right?
Who do you root for when everyone's a villain?
It turns out that everyone
involved in the "Internet Twins
" fiasco is scum. Sure as hell the biological mother is (she gave the babies up twice
and now wants them back; I wouldn't trust her to care for my cat); the woman from the UK
is, and now the man in the US
is. A plague on all their houses.
Now the biological father, Aaron Wecker
, has begun proceedings to gain custody of the babies. I hope he isn't as despicable as everyone else involved. Let's hope this circus doesn't follow the girls around for the rest of their lives. If there's any sort of lesson in this, I wish someone would tell me what it is.