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The Informed Parent.
The Informed Parent is about to hit the streets, and it’s perfect for parents and parents-to-be.

Science writers Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham, PhD, pooled their strong individual talents and produced “a science-based resource for your child’s first four years.”

It is definitely that, and wow, what a resource.”
March 28, 2016 PKids Blog


Check out your sources for conflicts of interest.
“It doesn’t take long for many journalists to end up on a slew of PR and marketing lists. Pitch emails roll in 24/7 to promote a product, announce a new study, suggest a story idea or offer up an expert to comment on the pitches or a future story.

Most of these emails end up in the trash, opened or not, but the daily influx occasionally contains a few gems.”
March 29, 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists


Science-Based Parenting Guide.
“New parents often get a lot of advice from family, friends and co-workers, but all these tips and hints from others can be overwhelming, contradictory and confusing. Today’s guests have written a new book for parents, with their suggestions backed by scientific research. Their advice ranges from controversial issues such as vaccines to bed sharing.”
April 4, 2016 WOSU Public Media


5 things to know before banking your newborn’s cord blood.
“Most people wouldn’t dream of driving a car or buying a house without buying an insurance plan — you simply never know what will happen. That’s the attraction of banking your newborn’s umbilical cord blood, too.

The blood in a baby’s umbilical cord contains blood stem cells, which can grow up to be almost any kind of blood or immune cell they’re coaxed to be.”
April 5, 2016 Motherly


Science for Parents: An Interview with Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham.
“Parents, particularly first-time parents, get a lot of advice – whether they want it or not. Some of that advice comes from professionals, such as obstetricians, pediatricians and nurses. But a lot of advice comes from less reliable sources.

New parents, and expecting parents, are often told that they “have” to do this or that. Sometimes it feels like everyone knows exactly what to do in order to get a baby to sleep, how a baby should be fed, or what you definitely should (or should not) buy to make your baby safe and comfortable.”
April 5, 2016 SciLogs


Tips on medical research reporting 101 kicks off #AHCJ16 in Cleveland.
“Almost since the inception of health journalism, reporting on medical research has been one of the mainstays of the job. That does not, however, mean it’s easy or work to be taken lightly. With dozens of potentially interesting and relevant papers coming out each week, full of statistics and findings that may or may not be “statistically significant” or “clinically significant,” covering medical studies can be daunting to a newcomer.”
April 5, 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists


Where science and child-rearing meet.
“Barely two generations ago, women smoked during pregnancy, parents threw their kids unrestrained into the backs of station wagons, and Twinkies were considered a wholesome afterschool snack. Few mothers and fathers looked for expert advice on child-rearing, and if they did, they turned to Dr. Benjamin Spock, whose “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care” began by reassuring them: “You know more than you think you do.””
April 5, 2016 The Boston Globe

An Expert’s Opinion: What Parents Can Do That Apps Can’t.
“The past decade or so has seen an explosion of DVDs, flashcards, tablet and smartphone apps, and overall “systems” to teach your baby to read. They seem to be selling the idea that reading is a straightforward linear process of recognizing letters, attaching sounds, building them into words, and — voilà! — comprehension.

Alas, it doesn’t work that way.”
April, 2016 Brightly 


New Parenting Book Drops Bomb: Fathers Get Less Sleep Than Mothers.
“Put down your torches, Jim Horne haters because there are new sleep experts in town who finally have your back. Horne, you’ll recall, is the guy who used science to prove that women need more sleep than men. But Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham have your back, gentlemen. In their new book, The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource For Your Child’s First Four Years, Haelle and Willingham drop the bomb that dads are more sleep-deprived than moms. And, yes, they are women, so your wife can’t even hate too hard on them.”
April 6, 2016 Fatherly


The Informed Parent – A Science Based Book Review
“There are innumerable myths and tropes about raising children. My mother used to tell me to not go into the pool until 30 minutes (or some random number) after I ate; and she always told me I’d catch the flu or a cold if I didn’t put on a jacket during winter. Of course, neither are science based, and neither are “facts.””
April 7, 2016 Skeptical Raptor Blog


3 things that explain America’s vaccine hesitancy.
“Despite vaccines’ success in reducing so much disease, several factors contribute to parents’ anxiety about them.

First, it’s counterintuitive to give an injection to an otherwise healthy person.

We tend to associate needles (which are scary in and of themselves) with illness, so when there is no disease, it’s harder to justify to ourselves why we should give someone a shot. Plus, needles hurt and our kids cry.”
April 7, 2016 Business Insider Malaysia

New dads suffer more sleep deprivation than new mums.
“New studies have revealed that new dads are more sleep deprived than new mums. Mums are woken more but in a 24 hour period dads get LESS sleep than mums after the birth of a new baby. And there are two studies to back these findings up.

The two new sleep studies were carried out in the US. In the first, 21 couples wore wrist trackers in the first few weeks after having a baby to monitor how much sleep they got. While mums were woken more, overall dads got less sleep and felt sleepier. The second study followed 72 couples in the first month after their baby’s birth. This study showed that in a 24 hour period dads got less sleep than mums as mothers got to nap during the day. The findings are reported in the book The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Resource for Your Child’s First Four Years, by Tara Haelle and Emily Willingham.”
April 8, 2016 Netmums

Study Claims Dads — Not Moms — Get Less Sleep With Newborns.
“Earlier this week, NPR posted a story that offered some surprising data on sleep deprivation in new parents, arguing that studies had shown that FATHERS often got less sleep than mothers during their first few weeks with a newborn baby at home.I know what all of you mothers are thinking right now — YEAH RIGHT — but if you look at the data, there are some interesting revelations about the poor assumptions that new parents make when they’re playing the “who’s more tired” game.”
April 8, 2016 Babble 

Willingham and Haelle: 6 surprising things science tells us about parenting.
“Sifting through mountains of research on parenting and children’s health is bound to turn up a few surprises. We spent months reading study after study about topics ranging from child allergies to spanking to cord blood banking to home birth while writing our book, The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to a Child’s First Four Years. Despite reporting on child and maternal health for years, we learned some things we didn’t expect and found out some ideas are more nuanced than we realized. Here are six of our favorite science-based discoveries.”
April 13, 2016 Dallas Morning News