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As prices rise, the push to end diaper taxes grows

To help inflation-plagued and struggling families ease the burden of buying necessities, several states are scrapping the sales tax on infant and adult diapers.... Read more»

FDA chief cites 'egregiously unsanitary' conditions at Michigan baby formula plant

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told Congress on Wednesday that he's found no evidence of intentional delay or malfeasance within the agency — though it took months to act on a whistleblower report of what he called "egregiously unsanitary" conditions at an infant formula plant in Michigan.... Read more»

Early childhood: Impoverished families with babies face uneven access to direct aid

Nearly 1 in 5 babies are being raised in poverty, but whether families are eligible for direct support from the state depends largely on where they live and continues to heighten inequality between low and high-income families.... Read more»

Congress, White House scramble to ease baby formula shortage

Both the Biden administration and Congress moved Wednesday to try to relieve a national infant formula shortage, as the White House invoked the Defense Production Act and the U.S. House approved $28 million for the Food and Drug Administration. ... Read more»

COVID vaccines benefit pregnant women and their infants, studies show

Experts with the CDC and elsewhere have issued calls for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19, citing low vaccination rates and the potential for severe illness and even death - now, several studies show both mothers and infants can benefit from the vaccines.... Read more»

Rural midwives fill gap as hospitals cut childbirth services

As hospitals across the country are struggling to stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic, some have had to cut or suspend obstetric services - but at least 8 states, including Arizona, have passed laws expanding coverage for midwifery and doula services.... Read more»

“Este es el último pañal que me queda”: la ansiedad de ser padres en la pobreza

Ningún programa federal ayuda a los padres a pagar por los pañales para mantener a los bebés y niños pequeños limpios, secos y saludables, y para muchos padres, eso lleva a opciones desgarradoras: ¿pañales, comida o alquiler?... Read more»

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'Down to my last diaper': The anxiety of parenting in poverty

One in every three American families cannot afford enough diapers to keep their infants and toddlers clean, dry and healthy, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. For many parents, that leads to wrenching choices: diapers, food or rent?... Read more»