"Allo" is Greek for "other." Alloparents are helpful relatives and neighbors. In a study from Congo, babies had 8 alloparents on average. Perhaps the self-reliant nuclear family is a societal misstep.
A new study looks at the reduction in mortality among vulnerable babies if kangaroo care — skin-to-skin contact — is started soon after birth.
Can the warmth of a parent's chest be a boon to babies, especially premature births? In the 1970s, Colombian researchers found it did. The technique has gone global. Ivory Coast is the latest convert.
Millions of babies have been born in this year of the coronavirus crisis. We asked photojournalists to introduce us to some of the new arrivals — and share the hopes and fears of their parents.
Over half those births will happen in just eight countries, according to the U.N. agency.
Traditional blood tests still do a better job flagging common inherited diseases. Gene sequencing can be useful for detecting some conditions, but the results can be difficult to interpret.
A natural birthing center in North Carolina has stopped delivering babies after the deaths of three newborns in the past six months.
There's a genetic test for ALD, the inherited disorder portrayed in the movie Lorenzo's Oil, and the federal government recommends it for all newborns. But only a handful of states offer it routinely.
Each year more than 600,000 babies die of sepsis. Researchers have found a simple way to prevent it: Feed babies probiotic bacteria that are common in kimchi, pickles and other fermented vegetables.
Women who develop diabetes or high blood pressure during pregnancy, or whose babies are born prematurely, often are unaware of their own increased risk of heart disease later. So are their doctors.