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Why Are Black Mothers Less Likely to Breastfeed? Addressing the Racial Disparity

Posted on · Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016 marks the beginning of the fourth-annual Black Breastfeeding Week. The campaign was launched to raise awareness about racial disparities between white and black moms who breastfeed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black infants consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration from 2000 to 2008. […]

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Summer Reading: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood

Posted on · Throughout the summer months, Houston Matters is dedicating time each week to books about Greater Houston, set in Greater Houston or written or edited by Houstonians. Our summer reading series continues today with Elizabeth Gregory, author of Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood. We look closer at why women are embracing having […]

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Houston Doctor Hopes to Cut Down on Unnecessary C-Sections

Posted on · Dr. Donald Prough, Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at UTMB Health, is currently testing a new technology he hopes will cut down on the number of Caesarean section deliveries being performed today. Since 1985, the World Health Organization has recommended no more than 10  to 15 percent of live births be performed via C-section. But […]

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This Simple Change Could Help More Premature Babies Survive

Posted on · According to the CDC, nearly one out of every eight infants born in the US every year is born prematurely — that means birth occurs prior to 37 weeks of pregnancy. Preterm-related causes of death together accounted for 35 percent of all infant deaths in 2009, more than any other single cause. Researchers at Texas […]

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Breastfeeding in Public: What Are Your Rights?

Posted on · August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and thousands of Texas mothers choose to breastfeed their babies instead of using formula. It’s a practice that’s been going on for thousands of years, but only in the last few did breastfeeding in public become a social and legal issue. We hear the story of a Houston mom who took […]