Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending June 10, 2018. 

Off-hours Childcare

It can be difficult enough to find reliable, affordable childcare if you work 9-5. But many parents do shift work, or work during the day and go to school at night. It has been difficult for them to find a stable place for their children, but that is starting to change. Read more here.

This is important for you because regardless of your work situation, it is best for you and your baby if you can find a consistent, qualified place to park him when you need to.

Being: New Photography 2018

Carmen Winant’s exhibition, currently on view at the Museum Of Modern Art in New York, is composed of thousands of images of women giving birth. She also has a book coming out titled My Birth that deals with the same experience. Read more here.

This is important for you because childbirth is simultaneously unique to every mother, universal, and somewhat invisible. This book and exhibit start to address those contradictions.

A More Inclusive WeWork

Mommy Work is a co-working space for freelancers and small businesses that offers in house child care. It is in Israel, which has been referred to as “Start-Up Nation.” Dads are welcome too. Read more here.

This is important for you because it’s nice to think we could get something like that here…

It is a Hard Knock Life

The comic Ali Wong, who released “Baby Cobra” on Netflix two years ago when she was pregnant, has another special coming up: “Hard Knock Wife.” She is pregnant again and just as raunchy as she was last time around. See the trailer here.

This is important for you because pregnancy certainly delivers its share of funny moments – why not watch how a professional handles them?

The Apgar score

Dr. Virginia Apgar, who invented the Apgar score in 1952, got a shout-out from Google on what would have been her 109th birthday: this past Thursday, June 7. The Apgar score measures a baby’s Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration in the first few minutes after birth to give a rough estimate of fitness. Read more here.

This is important for you because the Apgar score has saved many newborn lives – it was developed by a woman who had to fight the medical establishment because she was female.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week, by a landslide, was 5 Things You Should Never Say to a Pregnant Woman. Chances are you’ve heard some variant of all of them by now. 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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