San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic baby bust unprecedented in Bay Area, California history

San Francisco Chronicle: Pandemic baby bust unprecedented in Bay Area, California history. “U.S. residents are having fewer babies this year. And California’s birth rates in January and February — around the time when early pandemic babies would be due — declined by 15% compared to the same period last year, the steepest year-over-year decline for those months since at least 1960, according to a Chronicle analysis. We used data from California’s Health and Human Services department, which collects monthly birth totals per county. We found that the state’s births declined from nearly 70,000 in the first two months of 2020 to fewer than 59,000 in the same period in 2021.”

Business Insider: A baby girl born to a partially vaccinated healthcare worker has COVID-19 antibodies

Business Insider: A baby girl born to a partially vaccinated healthcare worker has COVID-19 antibodies. “A baby girl born three weeks after her mom got the first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has antibodies against the virus, a February pre-print paper reported. After getting the shot, the mom, a healthcare worker in Florida, developed COVID-19 antibodies.”

CBS News: The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust

CBS News: The COVID baby boom is looking more like a baby bust. “Provisional birth rate data provided to CBS News by 29 state health departments shows a roughly 7.3% decline in births in December 2020, nine months after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. California, the most populous state, reported a 10.2% decline, falling to 32,910 births in December from 36,651 the year prior. In the same time frame, births declined by 30.4% in Hawaii.”

Washington Post: Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up.

Washington Post: Millions couldn’t afford diapers before the pandemic. Now, diaper banks can’t keep up.. “Chelesa Presley is deeply familiar with the struggles of young families, first from her years as a social worker and now from running a nonprofit in one of Mississippi’s poorest regions. She’s used to the questions about car seats, nursing and colicky babies, but paying for diapers is always the chronic and most-pressing worry. ‘I see parents not putting anything on their babies because they don’t have diapers,’ she said. ‘I’ve seen people use shopping bags with some rags in it. I’ve seen T-shirts. I’ve seen people keeping the diapers on longer than necessary, and the diapers sag down when the babies walk.’”

Study: Words should match the pictures when broadcasting social media safety messages (News-Medical)

News-Medical: Study: Words should match the pictures when broadcasting social media safety messages. “When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviors, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study. After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when the images in the posts aligned with the messages in the text, the researchers found.”

Route Fifty: Here Comes the Covid-19 Baby Bust

Route Fifty: Here Comes the Covid-19 Baby Bust. “The resulting decline in births, whenever it kicks in, could be quite large. In June, the economists Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine projected that 300,000 to 500,000 fewer babies might be born in 2021 than there would have been otherwise. ‘We see no reason to think that our estimate was too large at this point,’ Kearney told me five months after the analysis was published. ‘In fact, given the ongoing stress for current parents associated with school closures, the effect might even be larger than what we predicted.’”

Detroit Free Press: Michigan baby whose death was tied to COVID-19 had other serious health troubles

Detroit Free Press: Michigan baby whose death was tied to COVID-19 had other serious health troubles. “A 2-month-old boy — who Michigan’s top health official announced had died this week from COVID-19 — had serious health conditions beyond the virus. The child, Hudson Cowboy King, was born in July with gastroschisis, a birth defect in which a baby’s intestines develop outside the body. That condition was listed as the cause of his death Sunday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.”

WXYZ: 2-month-old baby in Michigan dies from COVID-19

WXYZ: 2-month-old baby in Michigan dies from COVID-19. “A 2-month-old baby in Michigan has died from COVID-19, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun said Wednesday. Dr. Khaldun spoke about the infant’s death while discussing how children are not immune to COVID-19. She said while children are less likely to get severely ill, they still can and are likely to pass it on to others.”

Column: The pandemic bust: Anxiety means less sex, fewer babies (Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Tribune: Column: The pandemic bust: Anxiety means less sex, fewer babies. “The Brookings Institution predicts a baby bust in 2021, with 300,000 to 500,000 fewer births in the United States than in a usual year. Brookings puts this development down to economic hardship and existential insecurity. What can seem like a couple’s idiosyncratic moods and choices, then, may be a direct result of President Donald Trump’s ruinous response to the virus, and the many ways his government has refused to help the sick and suffering. From stiffing overwhelmed states to ignoring the unemployed, who can no longer afford rent or groceries, the Trump administration seems actively intent on making Americans sicker and crushing our hope for recovery. None of this cruelty is an aphrodisiac.”