Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

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For the Week Ending June 16, 2019. 

To mother

Mothering can be all encompassing, and the standards and expectations we apply to it are dependent on our time and place; it has not always been done this way, and is not done this way elsewhere. In her book Mother is a Verb, Sarah Knott explores the evolution of maternity while she experiences it herself. Read more here.

This is important for you because the more (types of) mothers share their experiences, the more diverse ideas about mothering will become acceptable.

529 Accounts

There is so much bureaucracy to take care of once your baby is born: get a birth certificate, get a social security card, get a passport – and of course, immediately set up a college bank account. Learn how here.

This is important for you because 529 accounts allow you to save money for college without paying taxes on it.

Summer reading

Award winning children’s authors have put together a list of recommendations for this summer, including both classics and more contemporary fare. See it here.

This is important for you because if this baby doesn’t have older siblings who can make use of this list – your attention span may be at a young adult level this summer, making it perfect for you!

C-section parties

Brazil has one of the highest C-section rates in the world. Now they’ve taken it to a whole new level: viewing parties, where friends and family can watch your baby being lifted out of you in real time from a bar adjoining the delivery room. Not even kidding. Read more here.

This is important for you because if you ever start to feel like your life is out of control… this can provide a good dose of perspective.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was Signs of Ruptured Ectopic Pregnancy. 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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