on babies sleeping with butcher knives (a controversial co-sleeping
campaign), baby's and mother's hormonal ties, babies before birth, and
the "empathy gene."
Yay, Rhode Island!: No More Free Formula at Hospitals
The state is first in the nation to end this practice.
Clues to Young Children's Aggressive Behavior Uncovered
who are persistently aggressive, defiant, and explosive by the time
they're in kindergarten very often have tumultuous relationships with
their parents from early on.
Aggressive Children More Likely to Be Sick Adults
to help parents with parenting may be vital. "A life-long approach to
teaching children, teenagers, and young adults appropriate self-care and
age-appropriate ways of managing their stress and impulses may
effectively prevent poor health outcomes later in life," the researchers
API's 2011 Appeal to You to Support Continuing its Services and Mission
Please donate to API's 2011 Annual Appeal today and help support an organization working every day to shift societies away from misguiding and hurtful parenting information toward parenting with secure and healthy attachment in mind. Read API's Accomplishments and Plans and its 2011 Annual Appeall to you and help us create a more compassionate world. Continuing API's work and mission is vital to the well being of our world's children and their parents.
|Prepare for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting
What We Learn before We're Born: TED Talk
Pop quiz: When does learning begin?
Answer: Before we are born.
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through
new research that shows how much we learn in the womb - from the lilt of
our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.
Conception to Birth - Visualized: TED Talk
Alexander Tsiaras shares a powerful medical visualization, showing
human development from conception to birth and beyond. (Some graphic
Delayed Cord Clamping Protects Newborn Babies from Iron Deficiency
Waiting at least three minutes before clamping the umbilical cord in healthy newborns improves their iron levels at four months.
for Keeps: Play that Keeps Love, Creativity, and Belonging First -
Register now for API Live with international play expert Fred Donaldson
Monday, January 23, 2012, at 9pm EST/6pm PST join API Live to learn about Original Play and
how we can understand it as parents for fostering self-esteem,
transformation, security, welcoming, adaptation and many more qualities
for our children's development and health.
In 2010 Teen Birth Rate Hits Record Low and C-Sections Decline
The birth rate for U.S. teens aged 15–19 years hit a record low in 2010, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which also reports the first decline in C-section rate in over a decade. See the full report.
Women with Low-Risk Pregnancies Can Safely Give Birth outside Hospitals with Midwives
new study in England shows little difference in complications among
the babies of women with low-risk pregnancies who delivered in
hospitals versus those who gave birth with midwives at home or in
The Need to Bring Down Infant Mortality Rate Stressed
Care Week in Nagaland: Speaking as special guest, the Nagaland State
Commission for Women chairperson stated that mothers need to be aware of
whatever facilities were available for them so as to ensure healthy
growth and development of their child. She pointed out that there are
experts dealing with various factors that influence the healthy growth
and development of babies, but as a mother herself, she stressed the
importance of "human touch" in caring and nurturing children.
|Responding with Sensitivity
Body Language Reveals "Empathy Gene"
empathetic nod or smile may say something about your genes as well as
your heart. A new study suggests empathetic body language and behavior
are linked to a genetic variation associated with sociability.
Teaching Compassion to Kids ... and Defeating Bullying
parents and professionals continue to address the problem of bullying
among young people, experts advise that fostering compassion in young
people is among the best ways to prevent verbal, physical, and emotional
aggression from taking root.
A Mother's Touch May Protect against Drug Cravings Later
An attentive, nurturing mother may be able to help her children better resist the temptations of drug use later in life.
Conference on "Achieving Better Parenting for Our Children"
"Parenting towards Resilience" was the main theme discussed during a conference held recently in Malta, organized in collaboration with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
Co-Sleeping and Bed-Sharing: Dangerous or Nurturing?
city of Milwaukee set off a firestorm of controversy across the country
with new posters its Health Department unveiled in its campaign to
decrease the practice of bed-sharing. The ads show a baby in bed next to
a butcher knife, with the claim that sleeping with a baby is just as
dangerous. The ads will be displayed on the sides of buses and in other
publicly visible spots across the city.
API Response to the Milwaukee Campaign
Milwaukee campaign uses a simplistic approach that ignores human nature
and sets parents up for unsafe practices as they meet their baby's
needs in the middle of the night. Parents feel forced to go against
Bed-Sharing and Co-Sleeping: Research Overview
review considers babies’ sleep location at night, specifically
parent-infant bed-sharing and/or co-sleeping. This is a baby care issue
caught between two public health objectives, both aimed at preserving
infant health and well-being – one being breastfeeding promotion, the
other prevention of accidental death and SIDS. Advocates on both sides
of the discussion have the interests of parents and babies at heart, but
the messages are sometimes contradictory, causing confusion and anxiety
for parents, health professionals, and parenting support organisations
who sometimes feel caught in the cross-fire. Understanding that there is
no single simple message that is appropriate for all families and all
situations is an important component to understanding this issue and to
helping families make informed choices.
When Babies Awaken: New Study Shows Surprise Regarding Important Hormone Level
"Psychological attunement," correlated cortisol levels between mothers and infants, was confirmed by recent research - and has important implications for a close, caring relationship between mother and child.
Violent Video Games Alter Brain Function in Young Men
controversy over whether or not violent video games are potentially
harmful to players has been debated for many years, even making it as
far as the Supreme Court in 2010. There has been little scientific
evidence demonstrating that the games have a prolonged negative
neurological effect ... until now.
"For the first time, we have found that a sample
of randomly assigned young adults showed less activation in certain
frontal brain regions following a week of playing violent video games at
home," said one researcher. "The affected brain regions are important
for controlling emotion and aggressive behavior."
|Practice Positive Discipline
What's behind a Temper Tantrum? Scientists Deconstruct the Screams
temper tantrums are widely seen as many things: the cause of profound
helplessness among parents; a source of dread for airline passengers
stuck next to a young family, a nightmare for teachers. But until
recently, they had not been considered a legitimate subject for science.
|Strive for Balance in Personal and Family Life
Human Development Experts Recommend Tuning in to Family, Not Devices
with increasingly hectic work, school, and extracurricular schedules,
the advent of wireless technology has led to less quality time between
parents and children. Powering down digital devices is a vital step in
maintaining family relationships and health.
Family Health Makes Moral and Economic Sense
of women - especially in the world's poorest countries - never get to
hold a healthy baby in their arms. Although advances in vaccines,
nutrition and family health have dramatically reduced the number of
child deaths in the past 50 years, nearly 8 million children younger
than 5 still die every year. For me, this number is unacceptable,
because most of these deaths could be avoided.”
How Chronic Stress Short-Circuits Parenting
the best of circumstances, raising a toddler is a daunting undertaking.
But parents under long-term stress often find it particularly
challenging to tap into the patience, responsiveness, and energy
required for effective child rearing.