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Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 06/23/2011

International adoptions down, foster-care adoptions up, says new book

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Adam Pertman, executive editor of an adoption institute, says previous U.S. adoption trends have flipped. In the new edition of his book “Adoption Nation,” Pertman says once-popular international adoptions have slowed because of rising nationalism and attempts to keep children with their biological parents. Adoptions of foster children increased 53 percent in 2008. Pertman also says the Internet has changed the adoption landscape because of the plethora of cyber ads looking for pregnant women interested in giving their up babies. (Wall Street Journal)

Often moms decide when their children will stop breast feeding. But what happens when a baby chooses to wean before her mother is ready? Reporter Julie Rottenberg discusses the heartbreaking experience of being rejected by her daughter. (Slate)

Adults and teens who are around infants are advised to get a Tdap booster shot, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends. The shot is used to prevent people from getting whooping cough and passing the disease on to babies. Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the Department of Preventative Medicine at Vanderbilt Medical school, cites recent outbreaks, such as the 10,000 cases in California that resulted in 10 infant deaths last year, as reason for caretakers to be concerned. Schaffner also says 75 percent of baby whooping cough cases are contracted from family members or caregivers who had the illness. (Today Moms)

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