Happy Friday! Grab your beverage of choice and get comfy. Here's a roundup of relevant reads from around the interwebs from this week and beyond!
A new recommendation issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task force that all pregnant women and new mothers be screened for depression and related mood disorders.
CDC statement issued that all women should avoid drinking alcohol unless they're using birth control. (And a follow up post on the topic that's too good not to share.)
Microbiome seeding in the news! Study confirms that a mother's beneficial microbes can be partially transferred to babies born via cesarean using a vaginal swab.
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention talks about the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in infected pregnant women.
Coolest maternity shoot photobomb ever!
The breastfeeding deduction and other tax breaks that all new parents should know about.
Enough with birth shaming. Homebirths, midwives, hospitals, and the battle over being born.
New research out of Notre Dame shows that children of affectionate, responsive parents grow into healthier and happier adults. Snuggle those babes!
The smell of newborn babies triggers the same reward centers as drugs.
Doulas for all!
Thoughts on these topics? Any other recommended reads from this week?