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Crying baby draws blunted response in depressed mom’s brain

EUGENE, Ore. — (Feb. 22, 2011) — Mothers who are depressed respond differently to their crying babies than do non-depressed moms. In fact, their reaction, according to brain scans at the University of Oregon, is much more muted than the robust brain activity in non-depressed moms.

Infants crying is a normal occurrence, but how mothers respond can affect a child’s development, says Jennifer C. Ablow, professor of psychology. For years, Ablow has studied the relationship of behavior and physiological responses such as heart rate and respiration of mothers, both depressed and not, when they respond to their infants’ crying. Full Article

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How To Get More Greens into Your Diet!

You see the recommendation frequently: Eat more dark, leafy greens. But have you ever wondered which vegetables fit into this category? “Dark green, leafy vegetables include arugula, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, lettuces, spinach, and Swiss chard,” says Lynn Goldstein, RD, a dietitian at Weill Cornell Medical College. “These vebetables are probably the richest in nutrients of any foods.  They are high in vitamins A,C,K,D,E and all of the B vitamins, as well as minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium.”

The nutrients found in dark green, leafy vegetables have been linked to everything from a reduced risk of heart disease to protection from osteoporosis.  “They are low in calories and rich in fiber and are a great source of phytonutrients, such as beta carotene and lutein, which protect our cells from damage and can help prevent diseases such as eye degeneration and cancer,” adds Goldsetin.

Source: Women’s Health Reporter Volume 11/ Number 7 July 2010

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Postpartum Depression

PostPartum Depression is a form of clinical depression that affects women after giving birth. Postpartum depression occurs in women after they have carried a child, usually in the first few months, and may last up to several months or even a year.[2]Symptoms include sadness, fatigue, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, reduced libido, crying episodes, anxiety, and irritability. It is sometimes assumed that postpartum depression is caused by a lack of vitamins,[3] but studies tend to show that more likely causes are the significant changes in a woman’s hormones during pregnancy[citation needed]. On the other hand, hormonal treatment has not helped postpartum depression victims. Many women recover because of a support group or counseling.[4][5] (

For Information about symptoms and treatment options please visit:

The Mayo Clinic

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July is Cord Blood Awareness Month

Check out Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation

Since 1998, the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood website has provided expectant parents with unbiased information about cord blood stem cells and cord blood banks.  In 2007, the founder, Dr. Frances Verter, recruited a Board of Directors and we incorporated as a non-profit foundation.  We have received tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the USA Internal Revenue Code.  This means that we must comply with the legal guidelines for 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.  It also means that all donations to support the foundation are eligible for a tax deduction on United States tax returns

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Check out Katherine Gustafson on Change.org

Why is the Media Blaming Working Moms For Making Kids Fat?

A new study found that the young children of British adults are 50 percent more likely to be overweight or obese than than their parents were as kids. According to the study, a child’s mother’s employment status was one factor that could account for children’s growing waistlines.

The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, followed 8,500 British adults since they were born in 1958 and also assessed their almost 2,000 children. The researchers’ goal was to enumerate the factors that might be causing this shift toward overweight in children since the 1960s.

Although the researchers at the University College London identified many factors for kids’ growing waistlines, the news media — in this case,  Reuters — chose to focus solely on women’s increased role as wage earners as the smoking gun. “So the trend in mothers’ employment over the past few decades may be one of the variables contributing to a general erosion in children’s diets,” reports ReutersFull Article

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