2020年10月17日 星期六

Some Good News for Pregnant Women

There might be fewer preemies in this pandemic.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.
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Lately I have been hoarding any scrap of positive news, which feels like it’s in short supply as the virus resurges in the United States and Europe. So I’m pleased to bring you two stories about birth that have happy outcomes. First, we have a gorgeous photo essay by Maggie Shannon and Christina Caron, documenting midwives working during the pandemic in Los Angeles. There has been an uptick in demand for their services, and their clients are so grateful for their work.

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“I felt really safe,” said Taylor Almodovar, one of the moms Shannon photographed. Though she ended up delivering in a hospital because her birth was not progressing at a birthing center, she said she had a wonderful experience with her midwife, Chemin Perez. “I was not worried about Covid at all, I just didn’t even think about it,” Almodovar said.

Second, Elizabeth Preston covered a new study from the Netherlands, showing that the lockdown may have helped prevent some premature births. “Anecdotally, doctors around the world reported similar drops. They speculated that reduced stress on mothers, cleaner air or better hygiene might have contributed,” Preston wrote. This new study adds to a growing body of research, which may help us understand the root causes of preterm birth.

Also this week, we have a truly delightful dinosaur cheat sheet from Nicholas St. Fleur, which will help you wage scientifically accurate dino battles with your kids. Which prehistoric contender is “the definition of a tank”? You have to read it to find out. Shanicia Boswell offers tips to create emotionally safe spaces so your kids can open up to you. Sandi Villareal has a piece about why it’s important for parents to pay attention to their own health and make sure they’re getting the care they need. Villareal thought she was just experiencing pandemic stress, but it turned out she was dangerously anemic.

Finally, Claire Cain Miller and Alisha Haridasani Gupta analyze the tightrope that female public figures like Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Senator Kamala Harris must walk when their motherhood takes central stage:

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A woman who is professionally successful and ambitious is often seen as threatening or off-putting, researchers have found in multiple surveys of voters, but being a mother tempers that. It makes women seem warm and relatable — and suggests they can relate to voters’ lives, too. Yet Americans are also ambivalent about mothers who work, forcing women to negotiate an obstacle course of perceptions and expectations.

That makes me want to mow down an obstacle course this weekend. Thanks for reading.

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

THIS WEEK IN NYT PARENTING

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Why ‘Supermom’ Gets Star Billing on Résumés for Public Office

Judge Barrett and Senator Harris negotiate America’s freighted expectations for women.

By Claire Cain Miller and Alisha Haridasani Gupta

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Maggie Shannon for The New York Times

‘Extreme Pain, but Also Extreme Joy’

We followed several providers as demand for their services rose.

By Christina Caron and Maggie Shannon

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Did Lockdowns Lower Premature Births? A New Study Adds Evidence

Dutch researchers say the “impact was real,” adding to hopes that doctors will learn more about factors contributing to preterm birth.

By Elizabeth Preston

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Nick Little

Who Would Win in a Dinosaur Battle Royale?

A cheat sheet for parents of dino-obsessed kids.

By Nicholas St. Fleur

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Amanda Eliasson

When What Parents Are Feeling Is More Than Just Stress

Paying attention to symptoms like headaches, dizziness and fatigue is crucial, now more than ever.

By Sandi Villarreal

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Olivia Fields

How to Help Kids Open Up About Anything

Tips for creating safe spaces and developing emotional intelligence in your children.

By Shanicia Boswell

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Tiny Victories

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I set up the 3-year-old in his “box house” (a giant cardboard box decorated with crayon drawings) with a FaceTime with his Bobie (grandmother,) and the two of them have been chatting and reading books for the better part of an hour. — Heather Mayer Irvine, Bethlehem, Pa.

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