A new study by the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research suggests that a high intake of caffeine during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, regardless of its source. While previous research showed a link between caffeine consumption and miscarriage, this is the first study to thoroughly control […]

Caffeine during pregnancy increases miscarriage risk, study suggests

Sad news for the singer Lily Allen and her boyfriend Ed Simons. A spokesperson for Lily’s publicists confirmed “that Lily Allen has suffered a miscarriage… and we ask that her privacy be respected at this difficult time.” The miscarriage reportedly occurred after returning from a holiday in the Maldives. According […]

Lily Allen suffers a miscarriage

A new piece of research has discovered something that many busy mums and dads are already all too well aware of. Modern “human resource management practices” – or in other words, how employees are expected to work, what monitoring systems are in place, and how they perceive their jobs – […]

Modern working practices strain family relationships, particularly women’s

A group of reproductive medical specialists from Indiana have come up with new research which suggests that infertility caused by stress factors can be reversed through various forms of talk counselling. According to mental health counsellors, many couples unable to conceive anticipate the holidays with dread. “For them, the end […]

Stress-linked infertility can be helped with talk therapy

A new survey from Clearblue suggests that over three-quarters of couples surveyed have taken a “conception moon” to help them become pregnant, with four out of ten of those couples successfully conceiving. New phrases I hadn’t come across before are babymoons – time alone just before a family is started […]

Trying to conceive? Try a “conception moon” (that’s a honeymoon ...

Though many of us expect nothing less than grossly stereotypical, sweeping generalisations from the writers at The Daily Mail tabloid paper, Liz Jones has pushed the boat out by having a real go at mothers and children for being environmentally and socially unfriendly. Based upon a few negative images she […]

Daily Mail columnist tirades against environmentally unfriendly mothers

New data released by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics suggests that, in 2005, births to unmarried mothers accounted for over one-third of the total births in the United States, at 37%. However, pregnancy amongst teenagers fell, thanks to reduced sexual activity, or the increased use of […]

Over one-third of US births to unmarried mothers, survey suggests

A new poll by the Pew Research Centre suggests that “having children” is the ninth most important thing out of ten markers of what makes a successful marriage. Above them lie factors such as healthy sexual relationships, faithfulness, sharing of household chores, economic and religious factors, and shared tastes and […]

Having children is ninth most important thing in a marriage, ...

Natural family planning methods are often a desired method of preventing, or indeed planning, a pregnancy, but they are often seen as less effective than using a chemical contraceptive pill for the same purpose. However, good news for those (including myself) that believe avoiding pills and using a more natural […]

Research suggests natural family planning as effective as contraceptive pill