Barbra Williams Cosentino, R.N., C.S.W.


(Feb. 26, 2009) - As we approach this more-than-usually momentous New Year, we continue our look ahead, as parenting experts tell us what changes and developments they foresee in their fields in the upcoming 50 years. We can feel the future! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Mind Over Matter: Battling the Fertility CrisisNew mind/body program empowers city’s infertility patients with hope

(Jan. 21, 2004) - All Maryann* had ever wanted was a baby.When her mother-in-law told her that she seemed to be awfully tense these days, and her sister-in-law added that, if she wanted to get pregnant, she "just needed to relax," she choked down her anger and changed the subject as quickly as she could. Later that night, calmer, she wondered if there was any validity to their comments. Surprisingly, the answer may be yes.

'Kidstress': Is the Daily Grind Stressing Children Out?

(Jun. 21, 2003) - Although our youngsters have certainly been affected by the unsettling conditions in the world over the past few years, Dr. Marks believes that many of the factors leading to childhood stress originate much closer to home. He contends many parents are guilty of "efficiency parenting" — directing every moment of a child's day toward some pre-determined goal. Because we are living in a competitive world, pressure to succeed starts early, and parents, wanting only the best for their children, can inadvertently increase the stress on their kids by providing them with too many activities or enhancement programs.

Throned and Dethroned: The Birth Order MatrixHow Do the Roles Played By Siblings Define Children’s Lives?

(May. 21, 2003) - No matter how many children you have, don't have, or are planning to have, your mother-in-law, the check-out lady at the supermarket, and your best friend from Mommy-and-Me are probably ready and willing to share their not-always-scientifically-based ideas on what it means for your child to be an only, the baby, or the oldest in the family.

Banking on the Future — with CORD BLOOD BANKS

(Feb. 21, 2003) - If you're pregnant or have had a child in the past few years, you've probably heard about cord blood banking, which allows umbilical stem cells to be stored cryogenically, under liquid nitrogen.

Study: Infant Death Twice as Likely in Home BirthsLocal nurse-midwives report drastic decline in numbers performed

(Jan. 21, 2003) - Giving birth at home, surrounded by familiar objects and loved ones, sounds like an idyllic experience. And, if everything goes well, it can be. But, a study published in a recent issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, casts some new doubts about the safety of home birth.

Are Girls With ADHD Slipping Through the Cracks?Girls May Face Greater Social Impairment Than Boys, ADHD Survey Shows

(Dec. 21, 2002) - Two children, a boy and a girl. Although their behavior looks very different, they have both been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a behavioral disorder characterized by three major symptoms:

Landmark Survey Finds Childbirth Interventions Vexing: First national survey of its kind shows mothers hi-tech, but happy

(Dec. 21, 2002) - "She huffed, and she puffed, and she huffed, and she puffed, and finally, out came a perfect little boy . . . " Have you ever wondered if other women's experiences during childbirth and the postpartum period were similar to yours? Most likely you have, because the majority of women are fascinated by birth stories, including our own.

The Miracle of Multiple Births:Is it always ‘happily ever after’?

(Nov. 21, 2002) - Babies born small and early are at a greatly increased risk for developmental problems. Are fertility doctors explaining these risks to women desperate to conceive?

Our kids 'in the middle of a calcium crisis'

(Oct. 21, 2002) - Calcium is a mineral essential for building healthy bones, including the jawbone, and teeth. It can also keep the gums healthy. (One study found that getting adequate levels of calcium in childhood may reduce the incidence of gum disease later in life). In fact, calcium plays an important role in almost every physiological function of the body.

Permanent Birth Control: New methods on the way

(Oct. 21, 2002) - Women in 2002 have a growing number of contraceptive options to choose from — old standards like the birth control pill or the diaphragm, and newer methods such as injectable hormone shots or the recently-approved birth control patch.

Drink Your Milk! Our kids “in the middle of a calcium crisis”

(Oct. 21, 2002) - Calcium is a mineral essential for building healthy bones, including the jawbone, and teeth. It can also keep the gums healthy. (One study found that getting adequate levels of calcium in childhood may reduce the incidence of gum disease later in life). In fact, calcium plays an important role in almost every physiological function of the body.

Genetic Link with Asthma Strongly Suspected National Institutes of Health Issues Revised Recommend

(Sep. 21, 2002) - You and your 7-year-old have just returned from your fourth emergency room visit within the past six months. It’s three o'clock in the morning and you are both irritable and exhausted. In an uncharacteristic but certainly understandable moment of self-pity, you think about your son's frequent episodes of wheezing, coughing, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing . . . And you wonder: "Why did this happen to us? Is there anything I could or should be doing to make living with this condition a little more manageable?"

When your child bleeds excessively : Von Willebrand Disease

(Sep. 21, 2002) - A report on Von Willebrand Disease —A Little Known Bleeding Disorder

Those marvelous, maddening middle-school years!

(Apr. 21, 2000) - "Suddenly," says Susan Mitchell, mom to 13-year-old Samantha, "my sunny, happy-go-lucky daughter has turned into a sullen, moody, unpredictable young adult. One minute she's furious with me over the littlest thing, then 10 seconds later, she's her old adorable, affectionate self. It's enough to drive you crazy!"

School fundraising goes corporate

(May. 21, 1999) - There just isn't enough money, and your fundraising efforts bring in only small amounts of cash and donations-in-kind. How do you parlay this small-time fundraising into the megabucks necessary to significantly help make your school a technology-rich, "learning space of tomorrow"? How do you "go national" to land a serious, multi-year grant from a corporation or foundation?

AIDS, the teaching aid

(Jan. 21, 1995) - Looking for an interactive, non-threatening way for your kids to learn about HIV and AIDS? Have them visit the New York Hall of Science's Homepage on the Internet (, where they can view the first complete museum exhibition designed specifically for the World Wide Web.

The care and maintenance of kids & bicycles

(Jan. 21, 1995) - May marks the 52nd annual observation of National Bike Month, a time when over five million participants take part in activities celebrating the perennially popular pastime of bicycling. Health professionals tout the many benefits of biking ? which include cardiovascular fitness, enhanced coordination and balance, and increased endurance. However, bicycling has its risks, many of which can be minimized by remembering that a bicycle is a vehicle, not a toy.

Running free!Summer in the Gardens

(Jan. 21, 1995) - As Kermit the Frog could tell you, "It's not easy being green." But in New York City's four Botanical Gardens, green is the color of the day, a stunning tribute to the multi-hued palette of Mother Nature. Filled with lush verdant shrubbery, splashed with crimson, magenta and saffron, they are an oasis of calm and serenity in a city filled with concrete and noise.

Give the surplus to our kids! A call to action

(Jan. 21, 1995) - How to spend the New York City budget surplus? If one group of child advocates had their way, the extra dollars would go to programs to reduce child abuse and neglect, move families from shelters to permanent housing, expand Child Health Insurance coverage, and reduce school overcrowding. Such hopes (or some of them) may prove real if Mayor Giuliani this month adopts proposals put forth by Citizens' Committee for Children (CCC) of New York.

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