• iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Infant mortality in the U.S. declined 15 percent between 2005 and 2014, according to new numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Mortality rates fell for four out of the five leading causes of infant death: Congenital malformations, prematurity/low birth weight, sudden-infant death syndrome (SIDS) and maternal complications. SIDS alone saw a 29 percent decrease.The rate for the other leading cause of death, unintentional injuries, increased 11 percent.The CDC figures also show that where you live can make a difference. Overall, 33 states saw a decline in infant mortality, while the remaining 17 saw no significant change.The states where the numbers went down at least 20 percent were Connecticut, South Carolina, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
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  • Melissa Holman(NEW YORK) -- A photo of two women and a baby boy has touched thousands on social media.Australian mom, egg donor and surrogate Melissa Holman posted the photo to the Facebook page of Constance Hall, a popular blogger.Holman wrote: "A few weeks ago I gave birth to a baby boy. This is me holding him. He was perfect - a screaming newborn mess, lifted off my stomach and put gently into his Mother’s loving arms. Those arms were not mine."Holman told ABC News she's been "overwhelmed" by the response to her post.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Having trouble getting your necessary serving of fruit in each day? Try blending them, says celebrity trainer and Jamba Juice representative Harley Pasternak.Pasternak says when blending one’s fruits and veggies, time is no longer an excuse.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All they do is eat and sleep but now, babies can have an even cushier life.Introducing Baby Spa Perth, the third "baby spa" in a franchise that started in South Africa. It's the first of its kind in Australia, where babies may indulge in hydrotherapy or massage sessions.According to Anita and Kavita Kumar, the spa directors, infant hydrotherapy benefits "range from improved sleep quality, reduced discomfort from colic, wind, constipation and reflux while regular visits can benefit the cardiovascular and respiratory systems."The Baby Spa website states that it is the only facility in the world to use a specially designed floatation device, sort of like an Elizabethan collar, which supports babies in the water, allowing them freedom of movement that they would otherwise not experience.Parents shouldn’t feel left out, either. According to the website, massage and hydrotherapy help develop “reading and respecting cues - becoming acquainted with the behavioral states and cues of your baby." Additionally, the spa offers “quality bonding time for parent and baby via interaction, relaxation, observation and communication.”If Australia is too far for you to travel to indulge your baby, there is a similar spa in Texas called Float Baby.
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  • Angela Windt(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J.) -- One New Jersey woman gave birth two weeks early in her own home after not being able to make it to the hospital in time, but what made the unique delivery even more unusual was who delivered the newborn: a teenage EMT.“I was a bit nervous because I have never delivered a baby before, but I was confident in my training and my crew,” Nicole Segalini, 18, an EMT with the Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, told ABC News. “I wasn’t scared, but I was definitely amazed at what we were doing.”When mom Angela Windt, of Berkeley Heights, knew she wasn’t going to make it to the hospital, her husband, Paul, dialed 911.“I was getting up out of bed to change to go to the hospital and my contractions started going and I felt her and knew this is not good,” Windt recalled of the harrowing experience on March 10. “I made it halfway across the bedroom floor and looked at my husband and said, ‘We’re not going to make it.’ He laid me down on the floor and got some towels down. I said, ‘Call 911,’ and he was cool as a cucumber. That was the great part.”Luckily, the volunteer rescue squad arrived within five minutes of the call for a smooth, safe delivery.“They started to buckle me into the stretcher to take me to the hospital and I reached down to unbuckle the ankle things and said, ‘Oh no, you can’t. She’s coming,’” the mom explained. “They looked down and right then she crowned and they said, ‘This baby is coming right now.’”Segalini acted as “the catcher” as the rest of their team coached and assisted her through the birth.“This wasn’t a one-person job,” the humble teen said of the incredible learning opportunity. “I was lucky to have the opportunity to catch, but this was a job built around teamwork.”Baby Ava Sharon was born with 30 minutes of Windt’s water breaking.Mom and baby are both healthy and happy.“She’s doing great. She’s doing really well,” Windt said of her new bundle of joy.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Next month, viewers of Sesame Street will be introduced to Julia, a Muppet with autism.The new character with red hair has been present on digital properties and printed works for some time. Now she'll get her TV debut in April.On Sunday the show posted videos to the HBO site and YouTube, introducing Julia to the new medium. Julia sings "Sunny Days" with her friend Abby Cadabby.
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