Counselling helps moms to bring up healthy preemies, finds survey

Being a mother of a premature baby can be quite difficult owing to the cluelessness of the whereabouts of the nutrition for the child. According to a new survey conducted by a leading healthcare and research foundation, mothers with information about nutrition are four times more prepared than those mothers who have not undergone any counseling during delivery

Counselling helps moms to bring up healthy preemies, finds surveyPreemies need special medical care in a neonatal intensive care unit, or NICU. They stay there until their organ systems can work on their own. According to World Health Organization, India tops the list of 10 countries with the greatest numbers of preterm births with an elephantine figure of 3,519,100 births a year. Every year, an […]

Unfolding the phobias new mothers face while breastfeeding

There are various factors that cause a mother to be hesitant while beginning the latching process and it is understandable. These fears can make it harder; however, even though breastfeeding is not an easy feat to begin with, fears can be overcomed

Unfolding the phobias new mothers face while breastfeedingWe are all aware that breastfeeding is essential for the benefit of both, mother and the child. Breast milk acts as a source of nutrition for the newborn and is equally advantageous for the mother, as studies show that mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop postpartum depression or stress. However, this does not […]

Mothers exposure to air pollution might shorten baby’s life

Babies with higher exposure to fine particle pollution during gestation had shorter caps on the ends of their chromosomes, according to the researchers, who suggest the findings offer a possible biological reason for health problems encountered by kids who live where smog and traffic exhaust is pervasive

Mothers exposure to air pollution might shorten baby’s lifePollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Paediatrics found. The length of telomeres, caps at the end of chromosomes, similar to shoelace tips, is considered a marker of biological ageing. Based on their results, […]

Kangaroo Mother Care soon to be a part of public hospitals across Maha

Kangaroo mothers keep babies in regular skin contact and this itself is an easy, low-cost intervention that helps in increasing the child’s weight and acts as a medicine for different diseases. The physical contact between mother and child contributes towards the healthy development of the child

Kangaroo Mother Care soon to be a part of public hospitals across MahaMaharashtra will soon see more of Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) being set up its public hospitals. The state’s Family Welfare Department has recently written letter to all post-natal care (PNC) units in the state to soon come up with such a facility at their centre. At Special Newborn Care Unit (SNCU), which is present in […]

Study reveals why most moms aren’t putting babies to sleep safely

The Safe to Sleep campaign has been telling both caregivers and parents to place babies on their backs when putting them to sleep since 1994. Placing babies on their backs before they go to sleep reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, an unexplained fatal condition also known as SIDS, as well as other sleep-related infant deaths like suffocation

Study reveals why most moms aren’t putting babies to sleep safelyDespite a 23-year campaign urging that babies be put to bed on their backs, only 43.7 per cent of US mothers report that they both intend to use this method and actually do so all the time, according to a new study. The Safe to Sleep campaign has been telling both caregivers and parents to […]

Hearing-impaired doctor to work for deaf kids

Retirement for Dr N G Kulkarni will soon be more than just spending time with family, taking afternoon siestas and joining laughter clubs. Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune has offered him a chance to provide some voluntary service at Swaranad – a pre-primary school for hearing-impaired children

Hearing-impaired doctor to work for deaf kidsA 65-year-old hearing-impaired doctor in Pune, wants to offer a voluntary service by becoming a teacher of those mothers whose children are hearing-impaired. Dr N G Kulkarni comes for a regular check-up to Dr A M Wachasunder, an ENT specialist in Pune. Wachasunder went beyond a formal doctor patient relationship as he wanted to keep […]

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress

Parenting a special child requires a lot of stamina and patience. Considering this, a social group in Pune has come forward and started conducting sessions for mothers of special kids for relieving their stress

Pune’s ‘Maitra’ to help mothers of special kids to relieve stress“Our lives revolve around our kids. Parenting of a special child is more challenging than that of a normal child. As human beings we also want change to refresh our minds,” said Neeta Bhatwdekar after the session for mothers of the special children arranged for the first time by Maitra a social group in Pune. […]

Medical fraternity welcomes recommendations on surrogacy bill

Among the several suggestions given by the Parliamentary Standing Committee it includes allowing widows, live-in partners, same-sex couples and single parents to benefit from surrogacy. The committee also noted that commercial surrogacy is an economic opportunity available to a surrogate mother and should not be looked down upon or dismissed in a paternalistic manner

Medical fraternity welcomes recommendations on surrogacy billDoctors’ fraternity welcomed the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare’s suggestion for reforms related to the surrogacy bill. On Thursday, the committee noted several discrepancies in the draft of the Surrogacy Bill 2016 and suggested amendments in Rajya Sabha. Among the several suggestions given by the committee includes allowing widows, live-in partners, same-sex […]

Postpartum psychosis uncommon, but its triggers are not: Doctors

City doctors are coming across an unheard, but definitely, uncommon condition called postpartum psychosis. Psychosis patients may show symptoms such as discomfort with oneself, unaffectionate behaviour towards one’s newborn child, doubts about one’s own children etc. Doctors say the patients may also feel hallucinated during the condition and has observed a significant rise in the number of such cases

Postpartum psychosis uncommon, but its triggers are not: DoctorsDiscomfort with oneself, unaffectionate behaviour towards one’s newborn, doubts about one’s own children are not just signs of postpartum blues, but could be the symptoms of postpartum psychosis. An unheard, but definitely, uncommon condition in the city seems to be a frequent phenomenon for the doctors. Though it is not a common condition, but the […]

Gujarat women dispel myths linked with breast feeding

In spite of social taboos and orthodox behaviours relating to breast feeding, some mothers (and many first time mothers) from Gujarat are taking steps to ensure they are breastfeeding their babies the right way

Gujarat women dispel myths linked with breast feedingAccording to the National Family Health Survey-4 around 50% of infants were breastfed within the first hour of birth in 2015-16, compared to 27% a decade ago.  In 2005-06, around 47% of infants received the recommended 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, while in 2015-16, the number increased by a mere 8 per cent and went […]