Author Archive for Kate

Kate Givans is a wife and a mother of five—four sons (one with autism) and a daughter. She’s an advocate for breastfeeding, women’s rights, against domestic violence, and equality for all. When not writing—be it creating her next romance novel or here on Growing Your Baby—Kate can be found discussing humanitarian issues, animal rights, eco-awareness, food, parenting, and her favorite books and shows on Twitter or Facebook. Laundry is the bane of her existence, but armed with a cup of coffee, she sometimes she gets it done. Find out more about Kate’s books at authorkategivans.com.

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New Study Offers Potential Hope to Women Suffering from Infertility Associated with Endometriosis

Statistics indicate that some 10 percent of women suffer from endometriosis – a chronic and often painful disorder in which the lining that typically grows inside the uterus (endometrium) grows on the outside of it instead. Symptoms often include chronic abdominal pain and irregular periods, but it can also cause infertility. In fact, some 50 percent of women who need fertility treatments suffer from the condition.

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Mothers Feel Stigmatized and Experience Guilt Over Their Feeding Choices

Breastfeeding is also recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). But does any of this make the choice to breastfeed a superior one? More importantly, do breastfeeding mothers have the right to make formula feeding mothers feel somehow “less than” for not breastfeeding?

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American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Media Guidelines for Kids

Most parents recognize that children need time to play and interact with the world around them. Yet, the pull of technology, the pressure to ensure children are “up to speed,” and a busy lifestyle can be difficult to balance with what we know is truly best. Further, we question what balance is supposed to look like. Is it an hour of devices per day? Is it okay if we give them more, or should it be less? What about age limits? Is there a stage at which electronics may do more harm than good? How about content? Is educational content really better for children, or does it even matter?

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Pregnant Mother Fighting Cancer

Cancer is never expected, nor is it ever easy, but those who are carrying another life should be immune. Not just because they are carrying another human, but because what should be a time of joy and excitement can turn into uncertainty and fear. That is what one pregnant mother is currently experiencing. Yet, as unfair as that is, she is fighting, both for her life, and the life of her child.

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Health Problems and Concerns Mounting as Zika-Affected Infants Continue to Age

It’s been about a year since the spike in newborns with microcephaly began. In Brazil, a total of 2,001 cases of this and other brain malformation cases were reported. Testing has confirmed that at least 343 of them were directly linked to the Zika virus. The Health Ministry argues that the rest are most likely linked as well since there has been an 85 percent drop in cases when compared to last year.

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World Welcomes First Three-Person Baby

For women who have a mitochondrial disease, having a child is a risk. Miscarriages are common, and if they are able to carry to term, their infants are at risk for early mortality. For this reason, many abandon the hope of ever having a child of their own. But that could soon change, thanks to the welcoming of the world’s very first three-person IVF baby.

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Study: “Baby-Led” Weaning with Softened Finger Foods Does Not Increase Choking Risk for Infants

There are many different ways to wean a baby onto solid foods. Parents who choose the “baby-led” method should be able to rest easy after a new study determined that it does not increase the risk of choking – as long as certain “rules” are adhered to during the weaning process.

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Breastfeeding Could Reduce Risk of Asthma Symptoms for Genetically Susceptible Infants, Study Says

Statistics estimate that around 8.6 percent of all children and teens suffer from asthma. That makes it the most prominent childhood illness. It is also a scary and frustrating illness that carries the same symptoms for children as it does for adults: wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, and tightness of the chest. Of course, because children have smaller airways, their symptoms are sometimes more severe.This can be especially frightening for both parents and children. Thankfully, a new study suggests that breastfeeding could reduce the occurrence and frequency of these asthma-related symptoms.

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Exposure to Ultrasound During First Trimester Linked to Autism Severity

While most studies focus on the causes of autism, one from UW Medicine, UW Bothell, and Seattle Children’s Research Institute recently examined factors that affect its severity. Published in Autism Research, the new study found that exposure to ultrasound during the first trimester could increase the severity of autism and other genetic disorders.

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Baby Simulator Actually Increases Risk of Teen Pregnancy, Study Says

Baby simulators (robotic babies) have been used in public schools for some time now. Long enough, in fact, that researchers have now had the chance to collect data and determine whether or not they are actually effective at reducing the risk of teen pregnancy. This is one of the key reasons they exist, after all. Sadly, it seems they are not meeting their intended purpose.

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Study Says Eating Fruit During Pregnancy May Boost Baby’s Intelligence

All mothers want to believe that they have done the very best for their babies, given them every chance to live up to their full potential. When it comes to nurturing their intelligence, it could be as easy as eating fruit during pregnancy – at least that is what one study says.

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Doctors Deliver Baby After Mother is Struck by a Bomb and Then Manage to Save Both

It is a glimmer of hope in a country wracked with the devastation of war. A live birth after a pregnant woman is struck by a bomb in Aleppo, and a happy ending for both mother and baby, despite the odds against them both. For a brief moment, that miracle drowns out the darkness.

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Zika-Related Baby Death in Texas Confirmed: Second Death in U.S. Linked to Mosquito Virus

Since it first became a global threat in 2007, Zika has led to more than 1,800 illnesses throughout the United States. Six have been linked directly to mosquito bites, but most have been travel-related, most often acquired overseas. This is thought to be the way that a newborn infant, who was recently confirmed as the second Zika-related death in the United States, contracted the highly feared mosquito virus.

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Jet Blue Hosts Autism Travel Program in Orlando

Held at Orlando International Airport, the Jetblue Blue Horizons for Autism” program follows other that have taken place at airports like LaGuardia Airport in New York and Logan International Airport in Boston. Individuals with autism of all ages had the chance to check in at the ticket counter, go through security, travel on the airport tram, and board a plane.