More Unmarried Moms Living with Partners

(CNN) — There’s a baby boom among unmarried couples who live together, according to new federal research. Births in so-called “cohabiting relationships” rose to 58 percent between 2006 and 2010–that is up from 41 percent in 2002. The report shows between 2002 to 2010, about half of births to non-married, cohabiting women were planned. The … Continue reading »

Fletcher’s For Children to Close

EUGENE, Ore. — After serving the Eugene community for more than 35 years, Fletcher’s for Children is closing it’s doors. The owners say their lease is ending and since the recession, it’s been difficult to keep their small business profitable. At Fletcher’s you can find just about anything a baby or child might need, and … Continue reading »

March of Dimes Supporter Honored

EUGENE, Ore. — A long-time March of Dimes supporter, and this year’s chair, was awarded Monday for her work with the organization. Dorinda Dawes has been walking for March of Dimes for more than 40 years. She has been involved in Lane County High Heels for High Hopes, the Tulips for Babies, and Jeans for … Continue reading »

Local Law Firm Allows Babies at Work

EUGENE, Ore. — Most kids have to say goodbye to mom before she heads to the office, but not the attorneys at Arnold Law Firm. The office allows moms to bring their newborns to work every day for the little one’s first year. After that, moms can bring the kids in whenever they need to. … Continue reading »

Midwife Conference Kicks Off

EUGENE, Ore. — A local publication for midwives is kicking off its annual conference for experts in home births. At the Eugene Hilton, hundreds of people gathered for the annual Midwifery Today Conference. Organizers are hopeful that the event will encourage people to learn more about the process. “I’m just interested in listening. This is … Continue reading »

Moms Giving Infants Solid Foods Too Soon

(CNN) — A new study says that parents are feeding their babies solid food way too early. The study was released Monday in the online issue of Pediatrics. It says that 40 percent of infants are being fed solid food before the recommended 4 months. The study also found that early introduction of solid foods … Continue reading »

Group Prevents Smoking During Pregnancy

EUGENE, Ore. — A local health care group is pushing to get women to stop smoking during pregnancy. Trillium Community Health Plan invested $180,000 to start a prevention initiative to cut down on the number of pregnant women smoking during pregnancy, and they’re offering monetary incentives to women who quit. To do this, the health … Continue reading »

Local Birth Center Receives Grant

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A local birthing center is being recognized for its efforts to deliver babies at full term. The PeaceHealth Medical Group Nurse Midwifery Birth Center is the only center of its kind in the state to get a cut of a more than $5 million grant. That money will help cover the costs … Continue reading »

High Heels for High Hopes Helps Babies

EUGENE, Ore. — Local businesswomen strutted their stuff on the runway while raising money to help babies. “Somewhere around $26,000 was raised, and I tip my hat to you ladies,” said Kirsten Tu. Tu says March of Dimes helped her tremendously when her son was born premature. Fourteen women hit the catwalk at Kendall Toyota … Continue reading »