Tag Archives: Being

Three Surprising Health Benefits of Being a Grandparent

If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first. ~Lois Wyse My friend Susan was happily enjoying retirement—travel, dinner with friends, hobbies, and frivolities—when her daughter got pregnant. Soon, Susan was recruited to babysit daily while her daughter went to work. On weekends, emergency grandkid duty prompted… Read More »

Newborn babies' brain responses to being touched on the face measured for the first time

A newborn baby’s brain responds to being touched on the face, according to new research co-led by UCL. Babies use this sense of touch — facial somatosensation — to find and latch onto their mother’s nipple, and should have this ability from birth. Premature babies often have difficulty feeding, and underdevelopment of their facial sensitivity… Read More »

In Brief: Being An Older Dad Associated with Worse Pregnancy Outcomes

This study is something to keep in mind when we evaluate neonatal outcomes in mothers taking psychotropic medication.  We typically consider maternal, but not paternal, characteristics as factors which may affect neonatal outcomes; however, this large study published in BMJ indicates that the age of the father may also affect neonatal outcomes.   Researchers examined… Read More »