Douglas M. Teti, head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, will present the 2016 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, titled "Project SIESTA: A study of bedtime and nighttime parenting, family functioning, and infant-parent sleep," will be given on April 26.
The number of infants who die each year from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has decreased in recent decades as awareness of safe sleeping habits has increased. Yet each year, babies still die from sudden, unexplained causes.
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is partnering with the Pennsylvania Chapter March of Dimes, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and other organizations to lower the number of babies born too soon.
A key part of the effort involves providing obstetric practitioner training in the CenteringPregnancy model of group prenatal care. Pregnant women enrolled in CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care at 11 obstetric sites across the commonwealth meet monthly with their obstetrician or nurse midwife for 90-minute, in-depth, group appointments shared by 10 to 12 pregnant women with the same estimated date of delivery. Penn State Hershey Medical Center's obstetric providers have been leaders in the growth of the CenteringPregnancy model of care in Pennsylvania, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology hosts training for other providers from across Pennsylvania.
Dr. Steven Schiff, director of Penn State's Center for Neural Engineering, discusses his project to improve the quality of medical care in East Africa.
Celebrity moms Gwyneth Paltrow, Marie Osmond, and Brooke Shields have all opened up publicly about their battles with postpartum depression, or PPD. As their stories make clear, while bringing a new baby home is thought of as one of life's happiest times, some women struggle with symptoms of clinical depression—including sadness, anxiety, and irritability—after delivering a baby. Combined with the fatigue of parenting an infant, PPD can be a serious problem for moms—but what about the dads? Can men experience postpartum depression too?
From the moment of birth, an infant begins rapidly absorbing information, piecing together the framework of his or her future self. But what happens during all that time the bun's still in the oven? Does learning begin in utero?
Absolutely, says Rick Gilmore. "There's ample evidence that fetuses are picking up information from the outside world. They're especially receptive to sounds from the mother's body and the external environment."
In today's competitive world, some parents are trying to give their children a leg up before those little legs can even walk.
The rush to stimulate the intellects of the pre-verbal set has created a 2.8 million dollar market for toys, flashcards, CDs, and videos that suggest—if not promise—that their use will boost your baby's or preschooler's I.Q.
Babies hold an almost universal appeal, even for the grouchiest among us. There's just something about their big shining eyes and button noses that draws us in and stirs our most tender feelings.
In short, babies are cute.
This cuteness is so obvious that we take it for granted. But what exactly is it about a baby that prompts our "oohs" and "ahs"?
When a newborn baby looks out a window, what does it see? It has no apparatus by which to clump together an infinite number of details, package that clump, and dismiss it. It cannot instantly coalesce vein, leaf, stem, twig, branch, bough, bark, gnarl, root into the single, dismissive word: tree. Even each of the component words—vein, leaf, stem—compacts an infinity of details into a single dismissive concept. What it sees, then, must be an infinitely various, constantly shifting, kaleidoscopically colored field.