Infant health

Sweet Innocent Rose | Tom Holland

Summary: After being diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, the second baby’s parents can only hope and pray their little baby makes it through…

Warning: infant health complications, angst, violence, mentions of religion and faith, break-your-heart kind of material

Pairing: Tom Holland x reader

Type: Baby Holland Series


The hospital corridor was stuffy, and the air smelled like an undertone of bleach. The walls were magnolia, and they were scrapped in places from the hundreds of trolleys that had bumped into them. The pictures on the walls were cheap benign prints of uplifting scenes. In the common area, there was a television and uncomfortable chairs. The people sitting in the common area seemed anxious and paranoid, knees bouncing frantically.

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Every year in NYC, 50 babies die from sleep-related injuries. Our Safe Sleep campaign raises awareness about creating a safe environment for you and your infant.

Find out more about some of our other services and resources for parents of young children in NYC:

The first three years of your baby’s life is a time of dramatic brain growth. Talk to your Baby is a texting service that will send you one text a week with tips with talking to your baby to help build their brain. Text TALK to 877877 for weekly talk tips right to your phone, or like the Our Littlest New Yorkers page on Facebook for daily tips and resources.

Child Care Connect can help you find a child care center or summer camp in your area, review a child care center’s inspection history, and compare the child care program you selected to others across the city. You can also sign up for alerts about your daycare center or neighborhood.

The Breastfeeding Resources in NYC guide [PDF] lists agencies by borough and details the services they offer all in one place.

Mobile Milk is a texting service that encourages and supports breastfeeding. During pregnancy, you will receive messages about preparing to breastfeed. After delivery, you’ll receive text messages providing guidance and support during the first weeks and months of breastfeeding. Text MILK to 877877 to sign up.

The Early Intervention Program supports families with children from birth to age 3 who have developmental delays or disabilities. Children have to be referred to the program, but infants and toddlers up to age three can be referred by anyone: you, doctors, social service workers, child care workers, community agencies, and others.

Every so often I come across a fic where Padme survives and decides to go into hiding and raise the twins to hate their father and I’m just like…what? Did you miss the part where this woman’s dying words were about how she thought her husband was redeemable? I can see Padme taking time off to deal with her health and infant children, but any story where she is not at least arguing they can save Anakin’s soul can fuck right off.
John Kasich Blames Black People For Black Infant Mortality
While everyone was freaking out over Donald Trump's abortion comments Wednesday night, Ohio Governor and allegedly "nice" Republican presidential candidate John Kasich had this to say:

“It is offensive to hear John Kasich tell black women what we should do with our bodies, though not at all surprising. 

John Kasich blames black women for infant mortality, while as Governor, he cuts programs that help black families in Ohio. Kasich has created a web of policies that create unsafe environments for black families. 

The black community recognizes the truth – the problem is you.” - Alencia Johnson, Planned Parenthood Action Fund 

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Photo by Yasmine Ley/MSF

Since May 2011, MSF has ran a 30-bed gynecology and obstetrics hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan.  The facility includes a neonatal unit with 15 beds for newborns with serious medical complications. The care offered by MSF is free which is much needed considering many private maternity hospitals in Peshawar are inaccessible to women in the region.

This baby only weighed 2 pounds when she was born premature, but after two months of proper care her weight was raised to a healthy 3.5 pounds and was able to leave the hospital for home with her mother.


Energy: Receptive

Planet: Venus

Elements: Water, Akasha

Deities: Isis, Venus, the Great Mother

Associated metals: Silver, copper

Powers: Healing, regulating menstruation, agriculture, protection, peace, wisdom

Magical uses: In ancient times, red coral was a gift from the deities. It was found on beaches throughout the world, but most often in Italy. To be powerful in magic, ancient people used coral that hadn’t been worked on by human hands; that is it wasn’t polished, ground, cut or carved. Because coral was thought to be alive (as it once was), people believed that any processing done to it would “kill” the magical energies within it. This isn’t absolutely true today, but one belief is still current- if a piece of coral used in magic breaks for any reason, it has lost its power and a new piece must be obtained. Return the broken pieces to the ocean.

Coral comes from two Greek words meaning “daughter of the sea.” Italian women used to wear it near the groin to regulate the menstrual flow, recognizing the link between coral, the sea, the Moon, and their cycles. The coral, usually red was believed to grow pale during the flow, then grow brighter afterwards.  It could have been used to predict their periods. Coral used for these purposed were carefully hidden from the eyes of men, for, if seen by men, it lost all its magic power.

Coral is still used in magic today. When worn as to be plainly visible, it is a protective amulet. It is used against “the evil eye, demons, furies, succubi, incubi, and phantasma” among other ills. It guards against accidents, acts of violence, poison, theft, possession, and sterility, the last especially in women. 

Coral us worn to effect inner changes. It dispels foolishness, nervousness, fear, depression, murderous thoughts, panic and nightmares. It confers reason, prudence, courage, and wisdom upon its bearer. Placed beneath the pillow, it produces peaceful sleep by driving away disturbing dreams.

Coral has been used in magic relating to children for thousands of year. If presented as a gift to a child, it ensures their future health.

Infants wear a coral pendant or beads to ease the pain of cutting teeth. It was also used in rattles to guard children. Place a piece of coral in a child’s room to magically protect him or her. 

A special use of coral was popular in ancient Egypt and Greece. powdered coral was mixed with seed and sown or scattered over newly planted fields. This protected the growing crops from inclement weather an insects. Coral was also hung on fruit trees to increase their yield. 

In healing, red coral was used to cure indigestion, all pains in the digestive tract, eye complaints, and to staunch blood. Also, red coral when worn, had the power to alert its wearer of ill health by paling in color. 

Coral is used as a house luck-attractant. Take a piece of coral and touch it to every door, window, and wall in the house while moving in a clockwise direction. Then put it in a place of prominence and let it do its magic. 

It also has associations with love. Coral earrings were worn by women in ancient Rome to attract men. Powdered coral was used in sixteenth-century Venusian incense, and red or pink candles ringed with pieces of coral are burned to draw love.

Because of its associations with the sea, coral is also worn as a protectant while sailing or traveling over water, and guards boats against shipwreck. It is also sometimes worn as a protection against shark attack.

(All information retrieved from Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem, and Metal Magic)

Stillbirths in England dropped by almost 8% since smoking ban

Stillbirths have dropped by almost 8% in England since the smoking ban was introduced, research has shown.

The number of babies dying shortly after birth has also dropped by almost 8%, according to the study. A team led by Edinburgh University looked at information on more than 10 million births in England between 1995 and 2011.

The findings suggest that almost 1,500 stillbirths and newborn deaths were averted in the first four years after the law to prohibit smoking in public places was enacted on 1 July 2007. Researchers also assessed the impact of the smoking ban on the number of babies born with a low birth weight, which is linked to health issues in later life such as heart disease and diabetes.

More than 5,000 fewer babies were born with a low birth weight of less than 2.5kg (5lb 8oz), the study estimates. Smoking and exposure to smoke during pregnancy are known to have long-term adverse effects on the health of unborn children.

Research has previously shown that rates of premature births have dropped significantly in countries where smoke-free legislation has been introduced. The number of children being admitted to hospital for asthma attacks and severe respiratory infections has also fallen since the bans.

Incorporating infant care, vaccinations, dehydration treatment and prevention, along with breastfeeding support into our training program and maternal health projects means more children will survive and thrive. ‪#‎everynewborn‬


It is easy to romanticize a life with limited connectivity: candles, campfires and conversations. And how creative of the Ugandans to keep their insulin floating in a ceramic pot buried in the dirt. But the reality is that the only difference between the boy in southwest Uganda and the boy in anytown, USA is one was born powerless, the other empowered at birth. The Oxford dictionary defines power as “the ability or capacity to do something.” It is how things get done.

Picture this: A tale of two babies -

“In collaboration with my counterparts at the local health center, I made routine visits to a village in order to monitor the health of a malnourished baby, seen swaddled on her big sister’s back in this photograph. This photo was taken when the health center’s sanitation inspector and I installed a pit latrine in the child’s home in hopes of improving the family’s overall health and maintaining a sanitary living environment. At the time, the baby’s mother, and father had five children under the age of seven.”

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes
—  American Dietetic Association
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The Business of Being Born

Pregnancy, labor, and birth are treated like diseases.  Doctors often manipulate pregnant mothers into costly interventions that are more convenient for them than they are beneficial to mothers and babies.  I highly recommend watching this documentary if you want to learn more about the pregnancy/birth crisis in America. 

U.S. Reports a New Low in Deaths of Infants

Infant mortality in the United States fell to its lowest level ever in 2014, according to new federal data, as one of the biggest risk factors for infant deaths — preterm births — continued to fall.

Infant mortality rates in the United States have long been stubbornly high, particularly when compared with other rich countries. But after a recent peak in 2005, rates have been declining, down by 13 percent through 2013. In a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, the rate declined again in 2014, down by 2.3 percent to a new low of 582.1 infant deaths per 100,000 live births, from 596.1 the year before.

“This is potentially the best news we’ve had yet,” said T. J. Mathews, a demographer at the C.D.C. who did not participate in the report but has written extensively about infant mortality.

A decline in preterm births helped drive infant mortality to a new low in 2014, the C.D.C. says. Credit: Getty Images