Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending January 27, 2019. 

Low Birth Rate

The fertility rate in the US has dropped so low that it will not even replace the current population. This has been the case in Western Europe for a while. Read more here.

This is important for you because congratulations on making more new Americans!!

Interpregnancy Care

Postpartum care and prenatal care can blend into one another in women of reproductive age. The medical establishment is recognizing this by acknowledging that medical care during these years is essential to keeping women healthy throughout their whole lives. Read more here, and especially check out the flow chart on the second page.

This is important for you because wherever you are in your reproductive career, remember to take care of yourself.

Give Your Baby Shots

The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed vaccine hesitancy—the delay in acceptance or refusal of vaccines despite their availability—as one of its top 10 health threats facing the world in 2019, along with things like climate change, air pollution, the flu, ebola, HIV and antibiotic resistance. Read more here.

This is important for you because vaccination is one of the greatest public health triumphs ever, and one of the biggest advantages of living in the developed world and in modern times. Don’t underestimate its importance. Vaccinate your kids (and yourself).

Very Modern Family

In platonic co-parenting, two people who are not involved romantically – who may have been strangers before this venture – have and raise children together. Watch  a video about it here.

This is important for you because – well is it important for you? Something to consider.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Best and Worst States to Have a Baby. It all depends on your criteria and priorities. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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