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  1. Kids and Petting Zoos

    Five cases of life-threatening kidney failure highlight the needs for parents to take special precautions when their child visits a petting zoo. According to published repots, five children in Florida have developed a condition that likely stems from contact with animals infected with a strain of E.

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  2. Pregnancy 101: Things Mom Never Told You

    April 16, 2001 -- There's no doubt about it, pregnancy is a time of discovery and surprises. But for many moms-to-be, the journey includes some symptoms for which they may be unprepared. In the spirit of full disclosure, we've gathered a group of new or pregnant moms and persuaded them to tell all.

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  3. Can Dad's Diet Make a Healthier Baby?

    April 2, 2001 -- Advice abounds for women who are trying to get or are already pregnant. Alcohol and tobacco are taboo, for example, while fitness and healthy diets are big plusses. All that attention might leave fathers-to-be feeling left out. But now, doctors say there may be something new that pr

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  4. Making Sure Kids Get the Message

    March 26, 2001 -- Lois Thomson-Bowersock taught her two sons plenty about drug and alcohol abuse. After all, as a recovering alcoholic, she knew what she was talking about. "By the time either one of my kids was 12, I'm sure they could give a presentation on alcohol and drugs," says Thomson-Bowersoc

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  5. Aiming to Avoid the Scalpel

    March 19, 2001 -- Kathy Schuler dreaded the thought of a cesarean section. She had seen friends struggle through recovery and hated the idea of being cut open. But after five hours of labor and signs that her baby might be in trouble, there usually was no other choice in cases such as hers. Until no

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  6. Look Who's Talking in Sign Language

    March 12, 2001 -- Jessica Jordan's daughter, Sophia, isn't deaf, but she started learning sign language when she was 5 months old. She started with simple words like "milk" and "more," but within months could grasp more complex ideas. During a visit to the New England Aquarium in Boston when she was

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  7. Infertility: A Tale of Two Sisters

    In less than two weeks -- and I can't believe I am writing this -- I will turn 42. In two months, my beautiful, rambunctious, often exasperating son, Joey, will turn 2. At times it still seems unreal that he is here at all. Like the women interviewed for this series, I spent a significant part of my

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  8. Once a C, Always a C?

    March 5, 2001 -- When Cheryl went into labor with her first child, all seemed to be going well. But things changed when the baby came down the birth canal at an odd angle, and began to show signs of distress. "Her head was crowning, but they just couldn't get her out," Cheryl recalls. The solution?

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  9. The Pain of Post-Divorce Parenting

    Feb. 26, 2001 -- It's 9:30 on a Saturday morning, and it's painfully obvious that most of the 20 people sitting in the bright orange chairs of the cavernous jury room at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Ore., would rather be anywhere but here. The crossed arms and hostile body language o

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  10. Switched at Conception

    Feb. 5, 2001 -- The last thing Kelli Gora ever expected to hear was that she might be a mother. That was a dream the Californian, now 38, had given up on years earlier, when several in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts costing her more than $15,000 failed to produce a child. It was a painful experi

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