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  1. Santa Claus: Naughty or Nice?

    This year, Mikio plans to write a letter to Santa Claus, as he's done since he can remember, and leave his North Pole visitor some milk and cookies. "He's a man with a white beard who delivers presents and flies with reindeer," says the 8-year-old. "I think he's a cool guy." Mikio is one of millions

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  2. Doulas: Easing Birth

    When Barbara and Christopher Lawton were planning for the birth of their son almost two years ago, the midwife practice they were using in Pittsburgh asked them if they were going to use a doula during childbirth. "I didn't even know what that was," says Barbara. A doula, Lawton found out, is a priv

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  3. Prenatal Portraits: Darling or Dangerous?

    Angela and Michael watched with joy as their second child sucked its thumb and kicked up its toes. Their delight was tempered with some disappointment, however, as they couldn't completely see their baby's face. "My placenta obstructed the view of the head, the forehead, and the eyes," says Angela,

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  4. Actress Pregnant at 48: What Are the Risks?

    Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is pregnant with twins at 48 years old, according to her publicist. While Davis is reportedly doing well, the majority of midlife moms may not have such an easy time, experts tell WebMD. As women age, the risk of problems in pregnancy increases, including miscarriag

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  5. The Vivid Dreams of Pregnant Women

    "I would dream I was going on a trip to Paris," says Jill Feddersen, a new mother in Massachusetts who had a baby girl in July. "I was totally unprepared and scared, and I was going with a tour group and I would tell them, 'I can't go -- I've got things to do at home and I'm not packed.' But, they w

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  6. Parenting the Picky Eater

    Three-year-old Brandon may grow up to be the next great culinary critic. He knows exactly what the consistency of macaroni and cheese must be, that hot dogs cannot have grill lines on them, and that corn must never be served with the juice. While his mother Melissa is happy that Brandon knows how to

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  7. Predicting Your Baby's Sex

    Grandparents, mothers-in-law, bookstore clerks, the woman in line behind you at the grocery store -- if you're pregnant, everyone wants to guess whether you're going to have a boy or a girl. Many of them claim to have a "foolproof method" to figure out whether you'll be painting the nursery pink or

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  8. Double the Joy, Double the Jitters

    Congratulations! And ... congratulations again! You're pregnant with twins. And mixed with the joy and wonder comes another emotion -- stark terror. Whether you're an experienced mom or a first-timer, "what to expect when you're expecting twins" involves many unique questions. Zoeie Kreiner, a mothe

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  9. Pregnant This Summer? Beat the Heat

    It's hot, it's humid, and you're pregnant. True, that can be a recipe for misery, but there are ways to cope. "I always have tremendous sympathy for women whose babies are due in the summer or early fall," says Debra Gilbert Rosenberg, LCSW, author of the recently released The New Mom's Companion: C

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  10. Ensure a Happy Summer Camper

    Florence Leon first went to overnight camp when she was 12. Through umpteen leathercraft wallets and throat-numbing singalongs until she was a college-aged bunk counselor, she logged only great summer memories and experiences. "Two of my best friends today I met at camp," she says. "And that was 35

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