Beginnings: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Beyond
Aug 12, 2011 — Some Manhattanites spend $20,000 or $30,000 a year sending their children to preschool. And because competition for those slots is fierce, the preschool interview sets parents on edge. Here are some do's and don'ts — not only for your toddler, but also for you — to ace the interviews.
Aug 12, 2011 — If you want adults to have jobs, the best time to train them is when they're 3 years old, an economist says.
Aug 11, 2011 — Grandmothers in this West African nation have traditionally passed on health education and childbirth tips to the pregnant women. Now, health care workers are coming to communities to teach the elders modern medicine and discuss topics like breast-feeding — so there isn't conflict when the baby arrives.
Aug 10, 2011 — According to a new government survey, Pakistan is producing nearly 4 million babies every year, and most are born into poverty. Conservative clerics tell Muslims that the Quran instructs women to bear as many babies as possible. But some families aren't so sure.
Aug 9, 2011 — To tap into the hushed discussions about day care that take place alongside soccer fields or among trusted friends, All Things Considered co-host Michele Norris assembled a group of middle-class parents. And some have advice: Be flexible and start thinking about it before you get pregnant.
Aug 8, 2011 — Maternity and paternity leave policies around the world vary, but most countries do pay for a portion if not all of the leave. Some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world are in Sweden, and dads seem happy.
Aug 8, 2011 — Sweden and Norway have among the best parental leave in the world, while Tunisia only gives women 30 days to recover from childbirth. See how the countries stack up in terms of how much time and compensation they give mothers.
Aug 8, 2011 — A group of parents (and one grandparent) gathered at NPR's headquarters to talk with Michele Norris about the logistical and emotional challenges of child care.
Aug 5, 2011 — Today, some young people in Bolivia have mixed feelings about carrying their babies in traditional bundles, known as aguayos. They want to be considered more Western, or "modern," and would rather push strollers. But it's causing tension with their mothers, who say they're abandoning indigenous tradition.
Aug 1, 2011 — Nearly 1 in 7 new mothers in the U.S. have a prolonged period of overwhelming depression or anxiety after giving birth. This postpartum depression occurs in the developing world, too. But psychiatrists say it's hard to get doctors interested in treating it. Many are not trained for it, and insurance companies often don't reimburse for it.