Family Planning

VIDEO: Top Baby Names of 2011

Posted December 31, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

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BabyCenter.com has the top ten list of most popular baby names for 2012, and the site's Editor-in-Chief Linda Murray talked with Parenting Squad about it. Check out this short video to find out about what influenced parents this year when picking a name for their child.

How to Reduce the Risk of Birth Defects

Posted December 29, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Maintaining a healthy pregnancy can help reduce the risk of birth defects. Before you even become pregnant, you can begin taking steps to ensure a healthy life for your child.

REVIEW: Momma Baby Mama: Story of a Knocked Up Lesbian

Posted December 21, 2011 by Maggie Wells

Ever wonder what life is like for lesbian parents trying to conceive and plan for their families? It's not that different from what straight moms have done for centuries. And it's very different too.

5 Reasons to Use NaProTechnology When Facing Infertility

Posted December 7, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Millions of couples face infertility and many of them turn to IVF in hopes of having a baby. However, NaProTechnology is an approach to overcoming infertility that is natural, and cheaper and more successful than IVF.

ProSquad: Adoption and Open Records

Posted November 28, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Our ProSquad adoption expert, Judy Miller, answers a question about the move for open adoption records.

AAP Officially Opposes Use of Bumper Pads in Cribs

Posted November 5, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

The AAP now officially opposes the use of bumper pads in infant cribs. But are crib bumpers really deadly?

What to Do When Your Unborn Child Is Diagnosed With Down Syndrome

Posted October 22, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

New noninvasive prenatal testing found that your baby has Down Syndrome. Now what? Learn what steps to take after receiving the diagnosis.

Motherhood After 40

Posted October 16, 2011 by Sharon Rowley

Parenting young children in your 40s, tweens and teens in your 50s, and supporting college-aged kids in your 60s adds another dimension to the challenges of parenting, so why are so many women approaching motherhood for the first time after age 40?

16 Questions to Ask a Pediatrician Before Choosing One for Your Child

Posted October 15, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Choosing your child's doctor is a big decision. Make sure you have questions to ask that will help determine what pediatrician is right for your child and your family.

Yes, You Can Choose the Sex of Your Baby

Posted October 13, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Boy? Girl? Twins? Triplets? With the new gender selection technology that is now available, you can choose the sex of your baby (or babies) and build the family of your dreams. But are you sure you really want to?

A New Eugenics: Aborting the Child With a Disability

Posted September 21, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

Prenatal testing for genetic conditions has led to an ethics debate. Should unborn children who test positive for certain disorders be aborted?

12 Money Saving Tips for Parents

Posted August 24, 2011 by Debbie Dragon

Having kids certainly adds to your monthly budget and being able to keep the checkbook balanced and in the positive can be a constant challenge. Here are some basic — but often overlooked — money saving tips that just might help your bottom line.

Should Circumcision Be Illegal?

Posted June 17, 2011 by Alyssa Chirco

Circumcision is controversial, but could it actually be illegal? It just might happen in San Francisco, where a proposed circumcision ban has recently been added to the city's November ballot.

3 Good Reasons to Have a C-Section

Posted April 6, 2011 by Nancy Flanders

The World Health Organization believes the c-section rate in the US is too high. Just as there are reasons to avoid a c-section, there are critical reasons to have one. Whether for the safety of the baby, mother or both, sometimes a c-section is necessary.

Home From the Hospital: Practical Tips for C-Section Recovery

Posted February 28, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Are you planning a C-section? Have you had one? Read through these tips to help make the transition from giving birth to getting back to real-life a little bit easier.

Tax Information for Parents and Families: New Babies and Childcare

Posted January 17, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

Kids are worth good money — on your taxes, that is. Make sure you are getting the tax breaks and tax credits that help parents with new baby and childcare costs.

Choosing the Right Doctor for Your Child: Questions to Ask

Posted January 9, 2011 by Rhonda Franz

There are several things to take into consideration when choosing a pediatrician or family doctor as your child's primary care provider. Use this list of questions to help you get the answers you need to make an informed decision.

Early Exposure to Cell Phones and Behavior Issues

Posted January 7, 2011 by Fred Lee

A mother's excessive cell phone use during and after pregnancy may be linked to behavior problems in children.

BPA and Women’s Reproductive Health

Posted January 1, 2011 by Fred Lee

Parents worry about exposing their kids to the chemical BPA, but now doctors believe it may have an adverse effect on woman who are trying to have a baby.

7 Tips to Survive Having a Holiday Baby

Posted December 10, 2010 by Sonja Stewart

The Christmas season is already hectic. Now add having a baby, and it's almost overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to make this season calm and peaceful.

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