Support a Student this Holiday Season! This holiday season, EYE SPY has found the perfect holiday gift for students. For as little as $10, a Vittana gift card will help fund a student loan to help a kid in a developing nation get education and training to secure a professional job, triple their earnings and transform their life. It's hard to come up with impactful - and affordable - holiday gifts. Books, candles and Starbucks cards are overdone. But a Vittana gift card is not only something new, it can mean the difference between selling tamales for wages that barely support a family and working as a professional accountant to end the cycle of poverty in a family.
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- Associated Press | Parenting – Thu, Dec 6, 2012 12:13 PM EST
infant deaths.WASHINGTON — The government is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner called the Nap Nanny after five
The Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint Wednesday alleging that the new model of the Nap Nanny, called the Chill, and two earlier versions "pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants."
The commission is seeking an order that would require Nap Nanny maker Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Pa., to notify the public about what the agency deems a serious product defect. The agency also wants the company to offer consumers a full refund.
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Baby Matters went out of business a month ago, according to an email from the company. On its website is a message from owner and founder Leslie Gudel that says, "We do not believe the complaint has merit and stand behind the safety of our product when used as instructed."
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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 4:42 PM EST
Jessica Hay giving an interview with the Today Show. (NBC/Today.com)Before Kate Middleton confirmed she was pregnant, Kate's friend spilled the beans. Uh-oh. On Monday, the royal couple's reps made an official announcement, putting to rest the seemingly endless speculation dating back to their honeymoon. The pregnancy is in its "very early stages," read a statement from St. James palace. "The entire royal family is delighted with the news."
The timing was suspicious. Only two weeks earlier, Kate's high school friend Jessica Hay broke the news to New Idea magazine, an Australian gossip rag.
"They're planning to make an announcement in December," Hay told the magazine. "They've discussed it endlessly and don't want to be older parents." She went on to predict William to be a "hands-on dad" and even dished about the amount of kids they plan to have. "It seems very traditional, but of course they'll be happy with boys or two girls, they don't want more," she revealed.
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baby handHad a baby lately? I've got good news and bad news for you. The United States isn't the worst place in the world for a baby to be born. Then again, it's not the best either.
In fact, being born in the old U.S. of A. isn't a whole lot better than coming into the world in certain Middle Eastern countries! At least, that's the word from the Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company of the magazine The Economist, that decided to look at everything from geography to the political climate of countries around the world to determine whether kids have a chance at health, safety, and prosperity in their birth countries.
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- The_Stir | Parenting – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 4:28 PM EST
baby handThis may be one of the most disturbing adoption stories I've read in a long time. A man named Terry Achane was away from home on duty as a soldier in the United States Army when his wife gave birth to their daughter and then promptly put the baby up for adoption, allegedly doing so without ever telling Terry it was happening. It goes against everything adoption is meant to do and then some ...
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- Disney Baby | Parenting – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 3:54 PM EST
5 tips for transitioning baby into the big kid bathtubJust recently we transitioned baby Paul from the infant bath seat to the "big kid" bathtub. He's been sitting up unassisted on his own for a few months, and has a solid grasp of his balance when sitting on his bottom. And while he's not pulling himself up yet, I suspect it will be soon.Read More »from 5 Tips for Transitioning Baby into the "Big Kid" Bathtub
Since the "big kid" tub is completely different than the baby bath or kitchen sink he's accustomed to, we're trying to make the transition a really fun and safe way to end the day.
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Here are 5 things we did to transition baby Paul to the big boy tub:
1. The first few times in the big tub we actually placed the baby tub in the big tub, so he could get used to the new view and environment.
2. After we ditched the baby tub for good, we made sure to only add a few inches of warm water to the big tub before we set him in. We thought the rush of the water might scare him, and additionally we always want to closely monitor the temperature of the water at all times
The holidays are the most magical when celebrated with a brand new family member. That very first celebration is a day you never forget and try to commemorate as much as you possibly can. Hanukkah begins next week and will continue for the following 8 days. In lieu of the Festival of Lights, I wanted to put together a fun round-up for Baby's First Hanukkah. There are so many fun ideas out there for baby's very Festival of Lights! Here we'll narrow it down to 8 of our favorites. - By Nadia Carriere
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- TheBump.com | Parenting – Wed, Dec 5, 2012 3:51 PM EST
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This year marked the start of preschool for my younger son, Holden, for three mornings a week. My older son, Cooper, started kindergarten this year, but at a different school. I had absolutely no idea how much these heart-melting milestones would turn our day-to-day life management completely upside down and require triple the Mom Memory Capacity. Now, along with my own schedule (the vast majority of which is work-related because, really, who has time for anything else?!), I need to painstakingly keep track of the never-ending list of requests, responsibilities and volunteer opportunities from two different schools -- and attempt not to screw it all up.
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This week, I almost did just that, by nearly forgetting about Holden's first parent-teacher conference. I jokingly blame it on the fact that he's the second child, but there actually is some truth to that. It's not that he's any less important, of
My 12-year-old son, Jacob, has been nagging me about getting a Facebook page and/or Google Plus account. He also says instead of holiday presents, he wants AT&T gift cards so he can purchase a smart phone.
I don't know where I fall in the scale of leniency, but on occasion I let him stay up late, watch some inappropriate movies, and eat crap. He walks to and from school every day and often to town, the park, and his friends' houses without an escort. He's always been responsible and reliable so I've continued to loosen the reins.
But kids engaging in cyberspace freaks me out.
I see no good reason for him to have access to the internet on his phone, when there's no adult to monitor his activity. The only places he says he visits are ESPN.com, his fantasy team stat pages, and YouTube. He can do all that at home with an adult present.
Part of my argument is that he's already playing XBox, watching sports and other TV, and texting. I don't need his face glued toRead More »from Should My 12-year-old Be on Facebook?
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Definition of Midwifery
Midwifery is the traditional practice of having a trained woman rather than a doctor, deliver babies. A midwife is a trained professional who specializes in supporting women during pregnancy and birth by providing one-on-one attention and care, education, counseling and support throughout the childbearing cycle.
In the United States, there are nurse-midwives, who are also registered nurses, and "direct entry" midwives who are trained in pregnancy care and birthing techniques, but are not nurses. While obstetricians focus on the difficulties of pregnancy, midwives operate according to the belief that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
Advances in Giving Birth
Midwifery was widely practiced until the "enhanced" medical knowledge and discoveries of the 17th and 18th centuries emerged, which included the discovery of pain-relieving drugs. Along with drugs and male physician-attended deliveries also came anesthesia, delivery by
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