Pregnancy and Lactation Weekly Digest

For the Week Ending May 15, 2022. 

COVID-19 Vaccines International Pregnancy Exposure Registry (C-VIPER)

More than 8,000 pregnant vaccinated women are already participating in our survey.

Help us understand the impact of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy and babies. Be a part of it!

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Awesome Coffee Club

John Green, of The Anthropocene Reviewed and Crash Course, recently started the Awesome Coffee Club. All of their proceeds will be donated to charity to radically reduce maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone. Read more here.

This is important for you because coffee is awesome, and maternal and infant mortality is not.


The largest baby name site has tons of lists: most popular names, unique names, androgynous names. But beyond that, they don’t just suggest names for you; they analyze your “individual name style” to find baby names that you will love. Read more here.

This is important for you because do you want your baby to be a “charmer” or a “maverick”?

Last night’s dinner in today’s diaper

In JJ Goode’s twenty years as a cookbook writer, he gave scant thought to where the food that we all eat ends up–until he had babies. Read more here.  

This is important for you because parenting might also open your eyes and change your perspectives, and probably in ways you cannot foresee.

How America fails parents

Dana Suskind is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medical Center and the director of the University of Chicago Medicine’s Pediatric Hearing Loss and Cochlear Implant Program. In her new book, Parent Nation, she details how individual parents cannot–and should not be expected to–care for and educate their 0-3 year olds on their own. Systemic, not personal, reforms are required to make sure that all toddlers receive the attention and care their brains need to grow and develop. Alas, our society hardly helps out at all. Read more here.

This is important for you because “there are two crucial and specific things children need to build a healthy foundation of cognitive and socio-emotional skills that will serve them throughout life: nurturing interaction with caregivers and protection from toxic stress…the issue facing our country is that we’ve made it almost impossible for far too many parents to meet those two basic needs.” 

The most popular article on The Pulse this week was 10 Fascinating Facts About Your Newborn. Read it here.

Diana Gitig
Dr. Diana Gitig has a Ph.D. in cell biology and genetics from Cornell University, and has been writing about issues in biology – from molecular biology to cancer to immunology to neuroscience to nutrition to agriculture - for the past fifteen years. She has three teenaged children.

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