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  1. Cutting to the Point on Circumcision

    Sept. 26, 2001 -- From the time Debra Sherman and her husband, Mark Wilcox, learned through prenatal genetic tests that they were having a boy, they agonized over whether to circumcise their baby. "I didn't want the first decision we made for him to be a bad one," Sherman says. In the end, the Chica

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  2. More and More Babies Born Too Soon

    Aug. 6, 2001 -- Justin Washington could literally fit in the palms of his mother's cupped hands when he was born six years ago in a Nashville hospital. Dorenda Washington was one month past the halfway point in her pregnancy when she learned there was nothing more that could be done to stop her baby

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  3. Bringing Out Baby ... at Home

    May 28, 2001 -- "Having my baby at home was beautiful, inspiring, awesome!" says Jo Anne Lindberg. "I had complete freedom of movement and absolute choice in everything I wanted to do." Lindberg actually went to the movies during early labor, and then safely delivered a 9 1/2 pound son at home. "It

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  4. Banking on Umbilical Cord Blood

    When Pat Lilja's son was born in March 2000, he and his wife Laura took out what he calls an "insurance policy that works." But supplementary benefits through their HMO is not what he's referring to. Moments after Benjamin Lilja was delivered, instead of routinely discarding the umbilical cord, labo

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  5. Seeking a Killer

    Jan. 15, 2001 -- When Naomi Williams' first child, Julian, was born in 1996, at first he seemed the picture of health. But as she and her husband Dan fussed over their newborn in the recovery room, Julian began to seem lethargic and threw up some clear liquid. His temperature dropped steadily despit

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  6. Surviving Colic

    Dec. 4, 2000 -- Just about the time my second son, Noah, was 11 weeks old, my husband and I seriously considered putting him out on the curb, with a pair of Bruce Springsteen concert tickets tucked into his blanket, hoping someone would run off with the package. Luckily, we chickened out. The concer

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  7. The Right Formula?

    Nov. 20, 2000 -- When Lori Oliwenstein-Kluger gave birth to daughter Emily, she breastfed her for the first 10 months, supplementing with soy formula when necessary. Then Lori and her husband decided it was time to switch to a bottle full-time. But they faced a big choice: Which kind of formula woul

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  8. Watch Baby Grow -- But Not Too Closely

    First-time mom Debra Sherman, of Chicago, checks a popular baby book each month to make sure 10-month-old Alex's development is on track. So when he got stuck crawling in reverse during the past two months, she knew he was a little late. But she stayed calm. "It didn't worry me that much," admits Sh

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  9. He Ain't Heavy

    Sept. 25, 2000 -- In the months after the birth of my first child, I became intimately familiar with the early-morning sights of my suburban Los Angeles neighborhood. My wife was in charge of midnight breastfeeding; my contribution was to climb out of bed at 6:30, put our daughter in a backpack, and

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  10. Don't Panic, Use a Pacifier

    Nursing went smoothly right from the start for Rexann Brew, but she soon noticed that even when her baby wasn't hungry, little Anna still had a strong desire to suckle. Rexann resorted to giving the infant a pacifier. "We sort of hoped she would be a thumbsucker and comfort herself," says Brew, of P

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