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Maternal Depression Most Common at Four Years After Birth of First Child

<a href="/articles/maternal-depression-most-common-at-four-years-after-birth-of-first-child">Maternal Depression Most Common at Four Years After Birth of First Child</a>

The number of first-time mothers suffering from depression peaks fours years after giving birth, finds a new study published in BJOG:An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. This new research from Murdoch Children's Research Institute, shines a spotlight on the mental health and wellbeing of mothers of pre-school aged children, and calls for policy and practice in primary health care to safeguard the mental health of mothers beyond the immediate post partum period. Read full article

How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2013/11/28/how-parents-can-meet-the-social-and-emotional-needs-of-their-baby">How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby</a>

Apart from having necessary physical needs to be met, human babies have social and emotional needs, that when fulfilled, teach them how to interact with people, connect, form trusting relationships with others and understand their own emotions. This video offers simple guidance for parents on how to lay the foundation for social and emotional learning. Read full article

Infectious Baby Laughter - a Funny Power Drill

Watch a baby laugh hysterically at the short burst of noise from a small power drill. We are a big fan of baby's laughter here at happychild. Send this to anyone who needs a smile on their face today. Short one minute video. Read full article

Baby Vervet Monkeys for your Dose of Cute

Some furry baby monkeys frolicking - waste a bit of time with your toddler or preschooler watching these cuties playing together. Remind you of anyone? Read full article

Four Babies Laughing - Can't Ask For More

I confess this was located by HuffPost Parents and I full acknowledge their cleverness in finding this. Surely this will go viral - an adorable one minute of video - quadruplet boys laughing at their dad. I still remember how beautiful and special it was when our three babies laughed at us. Read full article

Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2013

<a href="/articles/infant-and-early-childhood-social-and-emotional-wellbeing-conference-2013-0">Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2013</a>

Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2013 - in Canberrra, starting on 30th October 2013. Described as a "call to action", the program promises to be participative, innovative, stimulating, thought-provoking and enriching. Posing the questions: What vision do we want for our future? and Where should we be focussing our attention and efforts?, the conference will focus on what we can do to ensure that children thrive. Read full article

Let's Read - The Australian Government's Call to Families of Young Children

<a href="/articles/lets-read-the-australian-governments-call-to-families-of-young-children">Let&#039;s Read - The Australian Government&#039;s Call to Families of Young Children</a>

A National Early Literacy Campaign launched this week in Australia aims to see all Australian children gain the foundation skills for language, literacy, and ultimately, learning success. Let’s Read is an Australian Government initiative developed by Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health, to be implemented by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Smith Family. The campaign delivers this important message - reading with children aged 0-5years is probably the single-most important activity parents can do with their children to enhance their child’s future ability to read and write. Read full article

Shaming Teen Mums is a Bad Idea

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/03/19/shaming-teen-mums-is-a-bad-idea">Shaming Teen Mums is a Bad Idea</a>

What if instead of deciding to shame teenagers out of 'choosing' to become parents with a questionable 'public health' campaign, New York City instead focused their efforts on ending the 'epidemic' of advanced age motherhood? Imagine the outrage. Read full article

BPA and Babies’ Developing Brains - New Research

<a href="/articles/bpa-and-babies%E2%80%99-developing-brains-new-research">BPA and Babies’ Developing Brains - New Research</a>

New research about the effect of bisephenol A (BPA) on humans finds a link between BPA and the developing central nervous systems of human embryos. This new study from Duke University Medical Centre claims to have uncovered the process by which BPA effects developing brains of babies. However, other scientists disagree, saying the science is flawed. Read full article