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26 Jun

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life. The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers. It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress. With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby's first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box's four cardboard walls. Mothers have a choice between taking the box, or a cash grant, currently set at 140 euros, but 95% opt for the box...
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25 Apr

Lost And Found Uses Facial Recognition Technology To Find Missing Pets

The splattering of lost dog advertisements on telephone poles may soon be a thing of the past. A new app dubbed PiP, or Positive Identification of Pet, aims to bring the search for missing animals into the digital age and help owners find lost pets using facial recognition technology. “If we can do this for humans, certainly we can do it for pets,” Philip Rooyakkers, founder of the PiP app, told Pet owners can register their animals with the app, which stores a photo and basic information about your furry friend. If your pet then goes missing, you can activate an alert, which prompts PiP to contact you for more information about your situation, as well as broadcast the information to animal...
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17 Apr

New C-Sections Guidelines May Change Maternity Care

Women planning to deliver at some birth centers are being encouraged to stay at home when their labor begins. They are advised to rest, eat, walk around and not to time every contraction. "We tell the mom not to spend all her labor energy in early labor. We don't expect a lot of progress," said Jessica Henman, a certified nurse midwife who directs the Birth and Wellness Center in O'Fallon, Mo. "We remind her things are going to go slowly." Last month, national obstetrician organizations together released new guidelines aimed at reducing the spiraling cesarean rate in the U.S. A big change was allowing women much more time in labor, based on new research. Other changes include: providing continuous labor support, letting women...
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9 Apr

How CEO’s Can Actually Take Maternity Leave

With the number of female founders on the rise, it is no longer uncommon to publicly discuss the challenges of raising capital while visibly pregnant, how long one can put off starting a family, or what constitutes an appropriate maternity leave plan for businesses that are not large enough to require adherence to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The underlying assumption, of course, is that the arrival of a baby directly translates into increased risk to your company. Risk can come in a variety of forms, including diverted attention away from the business, reduced speed to market, and the potential for health complications or even death. This perceived risk, let alone the demands of running a business, often lead...
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