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Child Care Coop contact Candice

posted 2012 Aug by Martha New

 Need help with child care?  How about a cooperative?  Here's the idea- a group of moms (and/or dads) get together and hire a mother's helper en masse.  The mother's helper plus at least one mom/dad help take care of the kids at one of the parents' houses on different days of the week; the other parents go off to work or errands or to have a pedicure.  I'm envisioning 3-5 babies and different types of contributions from the parents i.e. I live outside of Santa Barbara so can't provide location but could pay more for the helper, or give more time.  Maybe one mom has a great centrally located space and might want to be the "base" for the co-op, or maybe it's totally mobile, we'll see.  I'm really open to ideas as to how this could work but do request folks who are willing to make a serious commitment.  I would love to have the co-op operational @ 9-2 most weekdays at least, although that does not mean everyone needs to participate every day!  Also would prefer babies around one year and younger.  Several of the wonderful Climb Time assistants are available to be the mother's helper so continuity from the classes would be maintained.  Contact Candice at (805)886-1031 or and let's figure out how to give ourselves a little time and our babies a great social life!

An Immune Disorder at the Root of Autism

posted 2012 Aug by Martha New

Published: August 25, 2012

IN recent years, scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the causes of autism, now estimated to afflict 1 in 88 children. But remarkably little of this understanding has percolated into popular awareness, which often remains fixated on vaccines. 

To read more please click HERE to go to the New York Times

When Can a Child Ride in the Front Seat?

posted 2012 Jul by Martha New

  July 6, 2012, 6:55 pm 

I can’t say this for certain, but based on my observations at school drop-offs and around town, my son (who just turned 11) is the only child in his class still riding in the back seat of the car. On his birthday, he popped the question: when, oh, when can I start riding in the front seat?
Click HERE to read more from the New York Times

Maternity Leave? It’s More Like a Pause

posted 2012 Jul by Martha New

Danny Ghitis for The New York Times  Maria Seidman, right, head of a tech start-up, in her nursery in New York.

“He looks like a little pumpkin,” her brother-in-law remarked. “You should dress him up as a pumpkin for Halloween.”

“I think we can come up with a more creative costume than that,” Mrs. Stern recalls replying. “But that reminds me. ...”

With that, she reached for her laptop and fired off an e-mail to an associate about a Halloween party being planned by her New York business, Divalysscious Moms.

One should note: this was in July.

“There wasn’t even a thought in my mind about taking a maternity leave,” said Mrs. Stern, whose oldest child was 3 at the time. “It was like, Oliver was going to be born, and he was, and life was going to be continuing in — I don’t want to say madness — but the way that I do business.”

  To read more click here for the New York Times.

To Stay on Schedule, Take a Break

posted 2012 Jun by natalie sampila


Published: June 16, 2012

WANT to be more productive? Keep your nose to the grindstone, or your fingers on the keyboard and your eyes on the screen. Because the more time you put in, the more you’ll get done, right?

Johanna GoodmanWhy You Should Take More Breaks at Work

Wrong. A growing body of evidence shows that taking regular breaks from mental tasks improves productivity and creativity — and that skipping breaks can lead to stress and exhaustion. 

Click HERE to read more at the NYTimes


The Midwife as Status Symbol

posted 2012 Jun by natalie sampila

Deidre Schoo for The New York Times Benjamine Ribeiro Do Valle with Elizabeth Boyce, center, and Barbara Sellars, midwives, in their former Fifth Avenue location. Some people, Ms. Sellars said, have no idea what they do: “they think we’re witches who perform séances.”

Published: June 15, 2012

BESIDES being impossibly gorgeous mothers, what else do Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova and Gisele Bündchen have in common?

Follow @NYTimesfashion for fashion, beauty and lifestyle news and headlines.

Each could probably afford to buy her own private wing at a hospital, but instead of going to a top-notch obstetrician, all chose a midwife to deliver their babies. Click HERE to read more from the New York Times


Nurturing a Baby and a Start-Up Business

posted 2012 Jun by natalie sampila

Michael Falco for The New York Times

Co-founder of the Knot, Carley Roney, with her sons, Cairo, 8, and Dublin, 4, at the Knot offices in downtown Manhattan.


FLEDGLING companies are like sticky-fingered toddlers. You’ve got to watch them every single minute.

And yet a small group of women is proving that it’s possible to start a high-growth technology company and have children at the same time. They are dispelling the image of the tech entrepreneur as a single, usually male, wunderkind. Consider Jennifer Fleiss, 28, co-founder of Rent the Runway, an online dress and accessories rental site with 2.5 million members. She gave birth to a daughter, Daniella, in December. If you would like to read more click HERE to go to the New York Times.

lathering on Sunscreen, Early and Often

posted 2012 Jun by natalie sampila

Personal Health |

| June 4, 2012, 12:01 am 55 Comments
Yvetta Fedorova

This is a plea to all children and teenagers, their parents and teachers, and the doctors who treat them: Please take sun exposure more seriously.

Many parents, if not most, are very conscientious about protecting babies from the sun — as long as the infants are still being carried or are confined to a stroller. But once children become ambulatory, sun protection too often takes a back seat to the myriad challenges of getting out of the house with toddlers or bundling children off to school on time.

Unless sun protection practices are established early in life as inviolable habits, akin to using seat belts in a vehicle, children become increasingly lax as they get older about preventing sunburns that can lead to life-threatening cancers decades later. In a study of 360 fifth graders over three years, Alan C. Geller, director of melanoma epidemiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and his colleagues found that as the children moved into adolescence, the proportion who “often or always” used sunscreen declined to 25 percent from 50 percent.

To read more click Here to go to the New York Times

United States Ranks Last on Breast-Feeding Support

posted 2012 May by natalie sampila

  May 15, 2012, 10:50 am By KJ DELL'ANTONIA Does the United States — do we — really want women to breast-feed their  infants?

The American Academy of Pediatrics certainly does. As do the Surgeon General and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, which clearly have the ring of officialdom about them.

But as many mothers can attest, the awarding of a smiley-face sticker for diligent nursing does nothing to make up for inadequate support for women who want to breast-feed their babies while simultaneously remaining employed outside the home. It’s possible to do both, and many women do — but very few would argue that the federal or state government offered much, if any, help.

Last week, Save the Children released its State of the World’s Mothers Report for 2012, and in it, amid the detailed discussion of successes and failures of all the world’s nations with respect to taking care of mothers and infants, was this:

The United States ranks last on the Breastfeeding Policy Scorecard. It is the only economically advanced country – and one of just a handful of countries worldwide – where employers are not required to provide any paid maternity leave after a woman gives birth. There is also no paid parental leave required by U.S. law. Mothers may take breaks from work to nurse, but employers are not required to pay them for this time. Only 2 percent of hospitals in the United States have been certified as “baby-friendly” and none of the provisions of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes has been enacted into law. While 75 percent of American babies are initially breast-fed, only 35 percent are being breast-fed exclusively at 3 months. To read more click HERE to go to the New York Times.

Understanding Children, Yet Wanting Them to Grow Up a Bit

posted 2012 May by natalie sampila

By Published: May 8, 2012

The cliché about children’s book writers is that they’re sensitive, mewling types — wearers of cardigans, dispensing uplift as if it were Purell hand sanitizer. The best, of course, from the Brothers Grimm through Roald Dahl and the brilliant Maurice Sendak, who died on Tuesday, have always been exactly the opposite. Their stuff is anarchic and verges on the nightmarish. These writers want children to take themselves seriously. They want them to grow up a bit, starting now.Click HERE to read more from the New York Times.

Protection for Pregnant Workers

posted 2012 May by natalie sampila


May 8, 2012, 8:15 am

Pregnancy is not a disability, but pregnant workers can still need protection.

Pregnancy is specifically not covered under the Americans With Disabilities Act, which requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees who need them to do their jobs. This is fine with most pregnant women: the idea that pregnancy is a disability raises hackles. If pregnancy is a disability, then most women (82 percent of women will be pregnant at some point during their lifetime) are periodically less abled than men. Click HERE to read more from the New York Times.

I.Q. Points for Sale, Cheap

posted 2012 May by natalie sampila

Published: May 5, 2012
A STRIKING trend in today’s culture is the pursuit of rapid cognitive enhancement. The idea behind many popular video and online “brain-training” games is that practicing tasks that strengthen memory, attention and other mental processes will make you a smarter person. Please click HERE to read more from the New York Times.

Why First-Time Parents Overspend on Baby

posted 2012 May by natalie sampila

May 3, 2012, 1:14 amBy KJ DELL'ANTONIA

“What’s the silliest thing you bought for your first baby?”

I asked that on my Facebook page back in January, and did I get answers — Moses basket! Bottles shaped like breasts! Wipe warmer! Grocery cart protective cover, baby jeans, baby bathtub… There was disagreement. Some people loved their Diaper Genies, some loathed them; ditto the sling and the swing. Please click HERE to read more from the New York Times.

Motherhood vs. Feminism

posted 2012 May by natalie sampila

 April 30, 2012 Debaters


André da Loba

The U.S. publication of “The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women” by the French feminist Elisabeth Badinter is getting a lot of attention in the press; indeed, it’s a book club feature on the Motherlode blog in The New York Times.

Is Badinter right? Has women’s obsession with being the perfect mother destroyed feminism? In particular, has this trend of “attachment parenting” been bad for working moms?

To read more click HERE  to go to the New York Times

Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

posted 2012 Apr by natalie sampila

Published: April 18, 2012


Early on a drab afternoon in January, a dozen third graders from the working-class suburb of Chicago Heights, Ill., burst into the Mac Lab on the ground floor of Washington-McKinley School in a blur of blue pants, blue vests and white shirts. Minutes later, they were hunkered down in front of the Apple computers lining the room’s perimeter, hoping to do what was, until recently, considered impossible: increase their intelligence through training. If you would like to read more CLICK HERE for the New York Times.

Jogging Your Brain

posted 2012 Apr by natalie sampila

  Fitness |By TARA PARKER-POPE | April 20, 2012, 3:41 pm 2

G. Paul Burnett/The New York Times Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.The fastest way to a fit brain is a fit body, writes Gretchen Reynolds in this week’s New York Times Magazine.There is an easy-to-achieve, scientifically proven way to make yourself smarter. Go for a walk or a swim. For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does. If you'd like to read more please click HERE for the New York Times.

Childbirth Is Taking Longer, Study Finds

posted 2012 Mar by Martha New

By NICHOLAS BAKALARPublished: March 31, 2012

Women spend much more time in labor than they did 50 years ago, a new study has found, and one reason may be that obstetric practices have changed.

Scientists at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and elsewhere compared 39,491 births from 1959 to 1966 with 98,359 births from 2002 to 2008. All the women initially went into labor without complications.

Compared with the women in the first group, those in the more recent group were, on average, two and a half years older, the researchers found. They were also heavier — women giving birth in the later years had an average body mass index of 29.9, compared with 26.3 50 years ago.

Medical intervention was much more common in the 2002 group. Only 4 percent of women in the 1959 group received epidural anesthesia, compared with 55 percent in the recent group. About 12 percent of the women in the first group received oxytocin to induce labor, compared with 31 percent in the 2002 group.

The researchers also found that babies born in the later group were slightly bigger and healthier, with higher measures of overall health, called Apgar scores, at one and five minutes after birth.Click HERE to read more at The New York Times.


Childbirth: Slight Risk in Vaginal Birth After C-Section

posted 2012 Mar by Martha New By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

Published: March 26, 2012

Women who choose to have a vaginal birth after a previous Caesarean section may be at a slightly increased risk of complications.

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia studied 2,345 women who had had a Caesarean birth; 1,237 chose to have a subsequent vaginal delivery, while the rest chose a repeat Caesarean. All of the participants had full-term babies and were considered by their obstetricians eligible for a planned vaginal birth.Click HERE to read more from the NYTimes.


The Brain on Love

posted 2012 Mar by Martha New

 March 24, 2012, 4:28 pmBy DIANE ACKERMAN

Diane Ackerman on the the natural world, the world of human endeavor and connections between the two.

A RELATIVELY new field, called interpersonal neurobiology, draws its vigor from one of the great discoveries of our era: that the brain is constantly rewiring itself based on daily life. In the end, what we pay the most attention to defines us. How you choose to spend the irreplaceable hours of your life literally transforms you. Click HERE to read more from the New York Times


Things Adult Medicine Could Learn From Pediatrics

posted 2012 Mar by Martha New

March 12, 2012, 2:56 pm


Twenty-eight years ago, I wrote about drawing blood for the first time, about the pain of the patient and the self-doubt of the medical student. In my first clinical experience, I was learning a strange new color code: red-top tube for blood chemistries, purple top for hematology, green top, yellow top, and so on. Click HERE to read more at the New York Times