Maternal instinct is a myth: Mothers and fathers are equally good at recognising their baby"s cry


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Is maternal instinct a myth Mothers and fathers are EQUALLY good at recognising their baby's cry A parent's ability to identify their baby's cry is determined by the amount of time they spend with the child, not by their gender By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 09:21 GMT, 17 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:45 GMT, 17 April 2013 Maternal instinct may not be all that it is cracked up to be, according to new research.

New mums need more post-natal depression checks to make sure they are bonding with their baby


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New mums need more post-natal depression checks to make sure they are bonding with their babyMidwives and health visitors check on new mothers for up to six weeksAfter, they face months without a formal appraisal of how they are coping Child abuse charity The Wave Trust carried out the researchFound babies of depressed mothers likely to be 'aggressive and break law' By Andrew Levy PUBLISHED: 23:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:38 GMT, 22 March 2013 New mothers should be interviewed three to four months after they give birth to check they are bonding with their babies, according to a Government-commissioned report.

Parents can HALVE their baby"s risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products


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Parents can HALVE their baby's risk of asthma if they avoid exposing them to house dust, nuts, eggs and dairy products Findings contradict the 'hygiene hypothesis' that exposure to allergens and germs boosts immunity 11% of children protected from allergens such as nuts and dairy products developed asthmaCompared to 27% of those exposed to the allergens By Emma Innes PUBLISHED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 GMT, 21 March 2013 Protecting babies from highly allergenic foods and dust mites in their first year of life can prevent the development of asthma during childhood, a new study has discovered.

New mums "are five times more at risk of OCD because they fear harming their child"


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New mums 'are five times more at risk of OCD because they fear harming their child'More than one in 10 of those who have recently given birth have symptomsThey include fears of injuring baby, germs, and obsessing over mistakesAffects around three per cent of adults – sufferers include David Beckham By Nick Mcdermott PUBLISHED: 01:25 GMT, 5 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:52 GMT, 5 March 2013 New mothers are up to five times more likely to have the condition than other women (posed by model) Worries about the responsibilities of motherhood are making women more prone to obsessive compulsive disorder.

Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child"s chance of developing the disease


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Meningitis link to smoking in pregnancy: Cigarettes can treble child’s chance of developing the disease | UPDATED: 01:24 GMT, 10 December 2012 Scientists estimate that more than 600 children a year in Britain develop meningitis as a result of their parents' second-hand smoke (pictured posed by model) Smoking during pregnancy can treble the baby’s chance of developing meningitis, researchers warn, and children exposed to smoke from a parent’s cigarettes at home are twice as likely to have the deadly illness.

Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births – and older mothers are the reason why


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Caesarean sections now account for a QUARTER of all births – and older mothers are the reason why 18 per cent over mothers over 35 opted not to give birth naturallyRoyal College of Midwives raises concern about a quarter of mothers having the surgery But teen pregnancies down by a fifth in five years | UPDATED: 18:21 GMT, 6 December 2012 25 per cent of mothers in England had a Caesarean – a slight increase from the previous year Older mothers are behind the number of Caesarean sections rising yet again.

Expectant mothers more likely to suffer from depression if stressed while pregnant


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Expectant mothers more likely to suffer from depression if stressed while pregnantOhio State University carried out the study on rat mothers Those stressed twice a day showed 'depressive-like symptoms' Mental perks associated with pregnancy were also 'negated' by chronic stress | UPDATED: 05:23 GMT, 15 October 2012 Chronic stress during pregnancy can cause depression, a new study has found.

PRENATAL depression: It strikes one in eight pregnant women, driving some to abortions or even suicide


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The agony of PRE-NATAL depression: It strikes one in eight pregnant women, but many of us don’t even know it exists By Rachel Ragg PUBLISHED: 22:09 GMT, 3 October 2012 | UPDATED: 23:16 GMT, 3 October 2012 When Emma Gallagher first felt her baby kick inside her, it should have been a joyful moment, but it left her angry, tearful and dreading the prospect of becoming a mother.

Inspirational Women Of The Year: It"s too late to save my son"s sight, but I CAN help other children


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Inspirational Women of the Year: It's too late to save my son's sight, but I CAN help other children | UPDATED: 02:11 GMT, 25 September 2012 Last week the Daily Mail launched our sixth annual Inspirational Women of the Year competition, in association with the Sanctuary Spa and the charity Wellbeing of Women.

Sleep apnoea in pregnancy could harm health of both mother and baby


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Sleep apnoea in pregnancy could harm health of both mother and baby A study of obese pregnant women found those with sleep apnoea were far more likely to develop pre-eclampsiaTheir newborns also had more than double the chance of needing intensive care treatment | UPDATED: 13:29 GMT, 21 September 2012 Women who suffer from sleep apnoea during pregnancy are more likely to have babies who suffer from early health problems, researchers say.