Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending November 15, 2020

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Coral IVF

Fifty percent of the world’s coral reefs have died in the past twenty years because the carbon dioxide we have pumped into the environment makes the oceans warmer and more acidic. It is anticipated that ninety percent will be gone by 2050. Conservationists have resorted to coral IVF–mixing coral eggs and sperm in a lab, away from predators, to make baby corals that they can then graft onto dying reefs in the sea. It is labor and time intensive, but seems to be working. Read more here.

This is important for you because we need to get these emissions under control NOW.

Parent 1 and parent 2

Israel’s Justice Ministry just changed its forms to read “Parent 1” and “Parent 2” instead of “Mother” and “Father” to be more inclusive of LGBTQ parents. Read more here.

This is important for you because all parents matter.

The music lab

A new study from the Music Lab in the Department of Psychology at Harvard found that most lullabies soothe most babies; it doesn’t matter what culture either of them are from. The babies didn’t care if they heard a woman singing a Cherokee lullaby, a man singing a Hopi lullaby, or any other variants–they relaxed regardless. Read more here.

This is important for you because music is universal.

Laura Dern, suburban mom

When the photographer Jona Frank decided to make a photo book about the malaise and ennui of her upbringing in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, she cast her best friend–Laura Dern–as her mom. Dern has been playing a lot of mothers lately; in “Big Little Lies”, “Marriage Story”, and “Little Women.” When asked why, all of a sudden, Dern pointed out that these power-mom roles simply didn’t exist until now. Read more here.

This is important for you because depictions of motherhood in art and fiction will make real moms less marginalized.

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was 5 Behaviors to be a Healthy New Mom. 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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