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  • Why is the maternal mortality rate going up in the United States?

    It’s hard to comprehend how the United States, one of the wealthiest nations in the world, is now one of only eight countries — including Afghanistan and South Sudan — where the number of women dying as a result of pregnancy and childbirth is going up. An increasing mortality rate for American mothers in 2015? How could that be? First, the numbers: More than 25 years ago, in 1987, there were 7.2 deaths of mothers per 100,000 live births in […]

  • Teens spend a ‘mind-boggling’ 9 hours a day using media, report says

    You probably won’t be surprised to hear that a new report found that teens and tweens spend a lot of time watching TV, videos and movies, playing video games, reading, listening to music and checking social media, but you might be somewhat shocked (I was!) by just how much time. On any given day, teens in the United States spend about nine hours using media for their enjoyment, according to the report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on […]

  • 23% of women report sexual assault in college, study finds

    A new survey of college students, one of the largest ever focusing on sexual assault and sexual misconduct, has reignited the debate over just how big a problem sexual assault on campus really is. Among female college students, 23 percent said they experienced some form of unwanted sexual contact — ranging from kissing to touching to rape, carried out by force or threat of force, or while they were incapacitated because of alcohol and drugs, according to the new survey […]

  • The call she feared most: A mother’s story about the devastation of mental illness, addiction

    Barbara Theodosiou anxiously awaited each text and call. Still, her stomach turned every time her phone would ring or vibrate. Every time there was a knock at the door. Sometimes, she would even turn her phone off at night — the fear of getting that life-altering news too much to bear. She lived with that terror for eight years as her beloved son Daniel Francis Montalbano, a boy whom she says “painted, wrote poems and told his mother endlessly how […]

  • Child neglect charges ruled out for Maryland ‘free-range’ parents

    MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — The Maryland “free-range” parents at the center of a national debate over parental supervision have been cleared of child neglect charges related to an incident in December in which their children, ages 6 and 10, were allowed to walk home alone from a playground a mile from their house. However, Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Silver Spring are still under investigation for a similar episode last month in which their children were picked up by authorities […]

  • Survey says teens skip birth control because they fear parental judgment

    Parents, if the following finding doesn’t make you sit up and take notice when it comes to talking to your kids about sex and birth control, I’m not sure what will get your attention. In a recent survey, 68% of teens said they agreed with this statement: The primary reason why they don’t use birth control or protection is because they’re afraid their parents will find out. That’s nearly seven out of 10 teens who say fears about what their […]

  • Infertility: When adoption is not an option

    Justine Brooks Froelker said her infertility journey, which has not resulted in that “adorable picture of the ‘complete’ family, baby and all,” makes people uncomfortable and sad. She and her husband, Chad, are unable to have children, and after two unsuccessful rounds of in vitro fertilization, they have decided they are done with fertility treatments. When people hear that, they immediately move into problem-solving mode, she said. “People’s first reactions, even my pastor’s reaction, is ‘Well, why don’t you just […]

  • Parents all over US ‘opting out’ of standardized student testing

    Since one of my daughters is taking the public school state tests for the first time this year, I thought I paid fairly close attention to the debate surrounding the tests themselves, and the concern that schools are too focused on “teaching to the test.” I heard that some parents might engage in a form of civil disobedience and “opt out” — they would refuse to let their children take the tests. I thought only a few were making that […]

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