From embryo to infancy, biologically accurate illustrations from theVisualMD.com illuminate changes in mother and baby as the two grow and develop together
Touch and emotional engagement boost early childhood development, but can children recover from neglectful environments?
Many mothers continue to have depressive symptoms well into their child's youth, which can have lasting impacts on their children's development, but new research shows short therapy sessions can improve outlook...
Beyond Birth: A Child's Cells May Help or Harm the Mother Long after Delivery
In addition to all of the nutrients flowing from mother to fetus, some of the developing child's cells pass back into the mother's body. New research shows how this fetal microchimerism may affect long-term health...
Baby's Little Smiles: Building a Relationship with Mom
How smiles—and pouts—are helping researchers probe the essence of the complex mother-infant bond.
Researchers Find Brain Receptors Linked to Mother-Infant Bonding
Newborns Can Bond to a "Mother" from a Different Species
Often all you need to do is stick around to convince a baby animal that you are its mother
The Pregnant Brain as a Revving Race Car
Mothers-to-be get better at recognizing emotions
When Does Consciousness Arise in Human Babies?
Does sentience appear in the womb, at birth or during early childhood?
Does Postpartum Depression Serve an Evolutionary Purpose?
Anthropologist Edward H. Hagen replies
Postpartum Depression Epidemic Affects More than Just Mom
A deep despair mars the first year of motherhood for as many as one in five women. Without treatment, postpartum depression can weaken critical bonds between a mother and her child
Your Cells Are My Cells
Many, perhaps all, people harbor a small number of cells from genetically different individuals--from their mothers and, for women who have been pregnant, from their children. What in the world do these foreigners do in the body?...
Mom's Baby Talk Crucial For Baby
Adults have to engage in baby talk, regardless of the language they speak, so that babies can learn to talk like adults. Kevin Begos reports.
Understanding Baby Talk
New studies reveal the universal nature of the singsong way we talk to infants
Got Smarts? Mother's Milk May Pump Up Baby's IQ
According to new research, that's if the suckling infant has a certain version of a gene that helps process fatty acids
Slide Show: 7 Myths about Pregnancy
A look at the science (or lack thereof) behind prenatal wives' tales
Is Baby's Stress Inherited from the Parents?
A gene may affect infant anxiety, but good parenting can overrule it
How Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers' Health
Feeding infants with breast milk has been shown to improve baby health and even IQ, but the benefits of breastfeeding also appear to stay with mothers for years to come, lowering risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer...
Does breast-feeding tune your brain to your baby?