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Don't underestimate the way paid paternity leave benefits moms, babies *and* companies

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[Editors note: While this article is about fathers in heterosexual relationships, we extrapolate that the positive impacts described are consistent among same-sex and gender non-conforming relationships. This is based on research that has shown that children have similar outcomes no matter the gender of the parents raising them. Unfortunately, at this time there is a lack of research on non-traditional family structures—but things are changing, and we support the continuation of efforts that support all families.

We also acknowledge that single parents work exceptionally hard to ensure that their children have the best outcomes and that the absence of a father or partner does not automatically preclude children from healthy and happy lives. We stand behind all families.]

First-time dad Michael Pylyp describes new fatherhood as a "completely transcendent experience." When his daughter, Adrianna, was born 15 months ago it was the realization of a dream that was a long time coming. Holding her as she slept on his chest, Pylyp was grateful for something that too few American parents have: Parental leave. He got eight weeks of it.

It's something that was on his mind long before Adrianna was on his chest, and he's not alone. According to a recent survey by Indeed, 51% of future dads consider a company's paternity leave policy when considering job offers, and Pylyp was certainly thinking about that when he accepted his position as an Associate Brand Manager at Degree.

"Just having the ability to take time and knowing that it was something that was available to us was very comforting and reassuring," says Pylyp, who, like most dads today, wanted to be as much of a hands on father as possible. He didn't want the entire burden of childcare to fall on his wife's shoulders while she was recovering from giving birth.

Pylyp is hardly alone in this. As Motherly recently reported, a new report from Dove Men+Care and Promundo found that 85% of dads would do anything to be very involved in the early weeks and months after their child's birth or adoption, but there is so much stopping them and inadequate paid leave policies and attitudes are a huge factor.

Dads want to take leave, but it needs to be paid, unstigmatized, and can't come at the expense of their partner's leave. These are all things we need to be thinking about as America presses on in the fight for paid leave. Several states have moved forward with various paid family leave laws, but as a nation, the United States of America remains the only member country of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) without a national paid leave policy.

America's moms and babies need paid leave like yesterday, and American's fathers need it today if they're going to be the kind of men we need tomorrow. American employers will also benefit from paid leave because it is going to help them attract and keep women and men.

Here are five important ways leave for dads and partners makes moms, babies + companies stronger:

1. Paid leave for fathers improves moms' postpartum health

If we want to help moms stay healthy in the postpartum period we have to give them help. Having a partner at home to share in caring for the baby—and also care for mama—is proven to improve moms' mental and physical health.

A new study out of Stanford looked at what happened in Sweden in 2012 when laws changed so that both of a baby's parents could take their paid leave at the same time, and allowed dads to take up to 30 days of paid leave on an intermittent basis within a year after their child was born.

When researchers crunched the data they learned that moms are 14% less likely to be admitted to a hospital for birth-related issues within the first six months of childbirth.

This is huge.

Fewer cases of mastitis, fewer moms needing to see specialists, fewer moms on antibiotics and fewer moms suffering mental health issues. The researchers found that when dads took leave there was a 26% drop in anti-anxiety prescriptions during the first six months of motherhood.

"Our study underscores that the father's presence in the household shortly after childbirth can have important consequences for the new mother's physical and mental health," says study co-author Petra Persson, an assistant professor of economics.

According to Persson, most dads didn't even take the whole 30 days, but having the flexibility to take some time off when they were most needed at home made a world of difference for these families.

"The key here is that families are granted the flexibility to decide, on a day-to-day basis, exactly when to have the dad stay home," says Persson. "If, for example, the mom gets early symptoms of mastitis while breastfeeding, the dad can take one or two days off from work so that the mom can rest, which may avoid complications from the infection or the need for antibiotics."

Maternal mortality is a growing concern in the United States and 1 in 100 American moms are being readmitted to the hospital in the first 100 days after birth. We need support and our partners desperately want to provide it. Letting them could save lives.

2. There are so many benefits for babies when dads get paid leave 

The benefits of paternity leave for babies are substantial. Bonding with parents is crucial for a baby's brain development, and moms do need to sleep sometimes. When dads feel more engaged in fatherhood, infant mortality rates go down.

Fathers aren't babysitters, they're parents and their babies need them.

It is important for mothers to have support from a partner, friends or family in those early days and weeks of motherhood, but it's also important that dads aren't just seen as a stand-in for moms.

Studies suggest that skin-to-skin contact with dads can benefit babies immensely, and 8-week-old infants can tell the difference between mom and dad. As they grow, those babies are able to form strong attachments with two capable caregivers, and research has proven that when dads do things like change diapers, bathe and feed their babies, the infants are more socially responsive than infants who only get that kind of physical care from mom.

Simply put: Dads matter to babies' development and we have to stop acting like they don't. When dads have the chance to bond with their babies the babies learn to trust dad and the dads learn to trust themselves as caregivers.

3. Fathers who take paid leave are more likely to be involved in childcare years later

When dads take paternity leave there is a long-lasting impact on the division of unpaid labor among heterosexual couples.

Research shows that even short paternity leaves impact how much housework dads do years later. This link is super important for nations to take notice of, because right now no nation is on target to meet gender equality goals adopted by 193 United Nations member countries back in 2015.

Twenty-seven countries are outpacing America in efforts to meet that goal, but research suggests that if men just did 50 more minutes of care work a day, and women did 50 minutes less, we could get closer to gender equality because the burden of unpaid work would be more fairly distributed.

But right now, most men aren't doing those 50 minutes. Motherly's 2019 State of Motherhood survey found than 60% of mothers say they handle most of the household chores and responsibilities themselves, with just 32% saying responsibilities are shared equally and just 5% say their partner does the household lift.

We know that millennial men want to be equal partners at home, but when they don't get to take parental leave, they don't gain confidence in care work and they don't see all the effort it takes. Studies show that when dads get paternity leave they're more aware of how hard it is to be a family manager, and they're more willing to help.

4. When fathers take paid leave moms get paid more

Paternity leave doesn't just help equalize unpaid work, it helps close the wage gap at our paid jobs, too. Data from the World Economic Forum suggests that countries with the best paternity leave policies are also the closest to achieving pay parity for women.

There's a lot of factors behind this. For one, when men also take parental leave, parental leave becomes less stigmatized and women are not seen as less committed than men. That's how it impacts us at work, but what happens at home closes the gap, too. A Swedish study found that for every month of paternity leave a mother's partner takes, her future income rises by 7%. Why? Because of the lasting impact paternity leave makes on the distribution of unpaid care work at home. When dads are free to learn how to care for children, mothers become free to earn more, and that's good for the whole family.

5. Paid leave for all parents will change work culture 

It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to distribute work in a way that makes sense. Parental leave continues to be stigmatized in part because our society has very rigid ideas about how work should be structured, and it hurts parents (and non-parents, too).

Supporting and encourage parents of all genders to take parental leave won't just have a lasting impact on family dynamics but on workplace dynamics. The more men take parental leave, the more destigmatized leave and flexibility will become in the workplace and the more workplaces will respect responsibilities outside the office.

This will give employees more balanced lives, and allow employers to keep their employees.

It's true that moms are more likely than dads to make changes to their careers following the birth of a baby, but dads leave their jobs after babies, too. A new survey from Indeed finds 88% of dads say the way they view their career changes after the become a dad, and research suggests that new dad attrition is a bigger problem than employers realize. Even in male-dominated fields like STEM, nearly a quarter of new dads switch careers or cut their hours in an effort to find a more flexible, family-friendly way to work.

As paternity leave advocate Josh Levs, author of "All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses--And How We Can Fix It Together" tells Motherly, it is not surprising that fathers start looking for the exit in companies where family leave and flexibility aren't valued.

"All the stats and studies show that men want more time at home. It's true in America and it's true all over the world, but they can't get it. They are punished. It starts with paternity leave and continues all the way through the kid's life. If they need to take the kids to the doctor, or if they seek a flexible schedule, they are punished in the workplace," Levs explains.

But when everyone starts parental and family leave, companies and societies have to adjust, and the way we structure work changes. We know research shows that when companies encourage and support working parents to spend time with their families retention rates are higher, and we know that the current, "always-on" work culture that is prevalent in America is leading to employee burnout.

As Ellen Bravo, the co-director of Family Values @ Work tells Motherly, support for parental leave for all parents is going to help moms and dads not just when their babies are babies, but as they grow, too. Because when companies are forced to structure work in a way that allows for parental leave, it allows parents to leave work for big milestones, too.

She recalls how she was speaking with a group of OB-GYNs about flexibility at work when one of the doctors told her they had missed their own daughter's high school graduation because they were delivering a baby, and that doctor supposed that had it been Bravo's baby she would have wanted them to make the same call.

"I said 'I certainly want you to be able to be at your daughter graduation and I want a doctor when I deliver who knows me and cares about me, but we can do it differently,'" she recalls. "We can have a team of 2 or 3 doctors and they all know me and whoever's daughter isn't graduating from high school when I go into labor will show up."

According to Bravo, a collaborative approach to work will allow for family leave in infancy and family time for a lifetime.

"There are lots of companies that have figured this out and they have a more collaborative approach, It doesn't mean the client or the customer isn't cared about, it just means there isn't one person who is the repository of all the information about that customer," she explains.

Her philosophy is similar to Levs' who says "the truth is everyone has a whole life outside of work and we need our businesses to be aware of that."

He wants businesses to start measuring employees based on how much work they get done, not how many minutes they are sitting at a desk.

Bottom line: Fathers need flexibility and parental leave to be the fathers they want to be. It's time to make this change because it is good for dads, moms, babies and America.

When Michael Pylyp took paternity leave from his job at Degree, he took eight weeks in multiple two-week chunks over the course of a year because that was what worked best for his family. He inadvertently copied the Swedish flexibility model, and his family was healthier and less stressed because of it.

Pylyp tells Motherly he is grateful he got those eight weeks, because he had "the time, and frankly, the energy," to really bond with his daughter and support his partner. He learned how "emotionally and physically exhausting" stay-at-home parenting truly is. He has a better understanding of the challenges his partner faces and a close relationship with his baby girl. Every father in America should get that chance.

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As a former beauty editor, I pride myself in housing the best skincare products in my bathroom. Walk in and you're sure to be greeted with purifying masks, micellar water, retinol ceramide capsules and Vitamin C serums. What can I say? Old habits die hard. But when I had my son, I was hesitant to use products on him. I wanted to keep his baby-soft skin for as long as possible, without tainting it with harsh chemicals.

Eventually, I acquiesced and began using leading brands on his sensitive skin. I immediately regretted it. His skin became dry and itchy and regardless of what I used on him, it never seemed to get better. I found myself asking, "Why don't beauty brands care about baby skin as much as they care about adult skin?"

When I had my daughter in May, I knew I had to take a different approach for her skin. Instead of using popular brands that are loaded with petroleum and parabens, I opted for cleaner products. These days I'm all about skincare that contains super-fruits (like pomegranate sterols, which are brimming with antioxidants) and sulfate-free cleansers that contain glycolipids that won't over-dry her skin. And, so far, Pipette gets it right.

What's in it

At first glance, the collection of shampoo, wipes, balm, oil and lotion looks like your typical baby line—I swear cute colors and a clean look gets me everytime—but there's one major difference: All products are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free, with ingredients derived from plants or nontoxic synthetic sources. Also, at the core of Pipette's formula is squalane, which is basically a powerhouse moisturizing ingredient that babies make in utero that helps protect their skin for the first few hours after birth. And, thanks to research, we know that squalane isn't an irritant, and is best for those with sensitive skin. Finally, a brand really considered my baby's dry skin.

Off the bat, I was most interested in the baby balm because let's be honest, can you ever have too much protection down there? After applying, I noticed it quickly absorbed into her delicate skin. No rash. No irritation. No annoyed baby. Mama was happy. It's also worth noting there wasn't any white residue left on her bottom that usually requires several wipes to remove.


Why it's different

I love that Pipette doesn't smell like an artificial baby—you, know that powdery, musky note that never actually smells like a newborn. It's fragrance free, which means I can continue to smell my daughter's natural scent that's seriously out of this world. I also enjoy that the products are lightweight, making her skin (and my fingers) feel super smooth and soft even hours after application.

The bottom line

Caring for a baby's sensitive skin isn't easy. There's so much to think about, but Pipette makes it easier for mamas who don't want to compromise on safety or sustainability. I'm obsessed, and I plan to start using the entire collection on my toddler as well. What can I say, old habits indeed die hard.

This article was sponsored by Pipette. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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Disney+, the new streaming platform from Disney, is all set to launch next month (November 12, to be exact) and their newly announced lineup does not disappoint.

Disney rolled out a list of the TV shows and movies we can expect to find on the platform in one epic Twitter thread. Offerings are a mix of original programming and existing options from Marvel, Pixar and more.

The list of options were released in chronological order, so the first program on the lineup is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which originally released in 1937. "It. Is. Time. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to The Mandalorian, check out basically everything coming to #DisneyPlus in the U.S. on November 12," a tweet from Disney+'s account reads.

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The lineup also includes classics like Pinocchio, Bambi and Fantasia. While switcheroo films like The Parent Trap and Freaky Friday were revived during many of our childhoods, the platform will offer up the original versions of both movies. And Disney princess tales like Cinderella, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast appear in the lineup as well.

Are you more TV show fan than movie buff? If so, you can binge shows like Boy Meets World and Smart Guy (you know you loved these during your childhood!). And not to worry: There's plenty of original programming to fall in love with as well—most notably, fresh takes on Lizzie McGuire and High School Musical.

Naturally, Twitter users are having a field day with this thread. One user added that we are "old enough to remember when Disney's home video strategy was to threaten consumers that their movies would be put away in a vault and if you didn't buy them RIGHT NOW you might never get to see them again."

Are you as excited about this as we are? We LOVE the thought of introducing our little ones to our nostalgic favorites while discovering some new amazing programming in the process!

Here's a comprehensive list of movies + shows you can stream on Disney+:

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
  2. Pinocchio (1940)
  3. Swiss Family Robinson (1940)
  4. Fantasia (1940)
  5. The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
  6. Dumbo (1941)
  7. The Three Caballeros (1945)
  8. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  9. Fun and Fancy Free (1947)
  10. Melody Time (1948)
  11. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)
  12. Cinderella (1950)
  13. Treasure Island (1950)
  14. Alice in Wonderland (1951)
  15. The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)
  16. Peter Pan (1953)
  17. The Living Desert (1953)
  18. The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
  19. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  20. Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)
  21. Lady and the Tramp (1955)
  22. The African Lion (1955)
  23. Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)
  24. Perri (1957)
  25. Old Yeller (1957)
  26. White Wilderness (1958)
  27. The Sign of Zorro (1958)
  28. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
  29. The Shaggy Dog (1959)
  30. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
  31. 101 Dalmatians (1961)
  32. The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
  33. The Parent Trap (1961)
  34. Greyfriars Bobby (1961)
  35. Babes in Toyland (1961)
  36. The Prince and the Pauper (1962)
  37. Almost Angels (1962)
  38. The Incredible Journey (1963)
  39. The Sword in the Stone (1963)
  40. Mary Poppins (1964)
  41. Emil and the Detectives (1964)
  42. Those Calloways (1965)
  43. The Sound of Music (1965)
  44. That Darn Cat! (1965)
  45. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
  46. The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)
  47. The Jungle Book (1967)
  48. Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
  49. The Love Bug (1969)
  50. The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)
  51. The Aristocats (1970)
  52. The Barefoot Executive (1971)
  53. The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
  54. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
  55. Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972)
  56. The Biscuit Eater (1972)
  57. Snowball Express (1972)
  58. Robin Hood (1973)
  59. Herbie Rides Again (1974)
  60. The Bears and I (1974)
  61. The Castaway Cowboy (1974)
  62. The Strongest Man in the World (1975)
  63. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
  64. The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)
  65. Gus (1976)
  66. Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
  67. The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
  68. Freaky Friday (1977)
  69. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
  70. Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)
  71. The Rescuers (1977)
  72. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
  73. Pete's Dragon (1977)
  74. Candleshoe (1977)
  75. Return From Witch Mountain (1978)
  76. The Cat From Outer Space (1978)
  77. The Muppet Movie (1979)
  78. The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
  79. Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)
  80. Spider-Woman (1979)
  81. The Black Hole (1979)
  82. Sultan and the Rock Star (1980)
  83. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
  84. Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)
  85. The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980)
  86. Amy (1981)
  87. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
  88. The Fox and the Hound (1981)
  89. Spider-Man – Series (1981)
  90. Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)
  91. TRON (1982)
  92. Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)
  93. Return to Oz (1985)
  94. The Black Cauldron (1985)
  95. Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)
  96. The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)
  97. One Magic Christmas (1985)
  98. Mr. Boogedy (1986)
  99. Fuzzbucket (1986)
  100. Casebusters (1986)
  101. The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
  102. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
  103. The Christmas Star (1986)
  104. Benji the Hunted (1987)
  105. DuckTales (1987)
  106. Three Men and a Baby (1987)
  107. The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988)
  108. Willow (1988)
  109. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
  110. Oliver & Company (1988)
  111. Chip 'n' Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989)
  112. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
  113. Turner & Hooch (1989)
  114. Cheetah (1989)
  115. The Little Mermaid (1989)
  116. The Simpsons (1989)
  117. Ducktales: The Movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)
  118. TaleSpin (1990)
  119. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
  120. Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)
  121. White Fang (1991)
  122. Shipwrecked (1991)
  123. The Rocketeer (1991)
  124. Darkwing Duck (1991)
  125. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  126. Newsies (1992)
  127. Sister Act (1992)
  128. Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)
  129. Goof Troop (1992)
  130. The Little Mermaid – Series (1992)
  131. X-Men – Series (1992)
  132. Aladdin (1992)
  133. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
  134. The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
  135. The Sandlot (1993)
  136. Life With Mikey (1993)
  137. Rookie of the Year (1993)
  138. Hocus Pocus (1993)
  139. Bonkers (1993)
  140. Boy Meets World (1993)
  141. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
  142. The Three Musketeers (1993)
  143. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
  144. Iron Will (1994)
  145. Blank Check (1994)
  146. Thumbelina (1994)
  147. The Return of Jafar (1994)
  148. The Lion King (1994)
  149. Camp Nowhere (1994)
  150. Iron Man – Series (1994)
  151. Fantastic Four (1994)
  152. Gargoyles (1994)
  153. The Santa Clause (1994)
  154. Spider-Man – Series (1994)
  155. Heavyweights (1995)
  156. Tall Tale (1995)
  157. A Goofy Movie (1995)
  158. While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  159. Pocahontas (1995)
  160. Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)
  161. A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995)
  162. Timon & Pumbaa (1995)
  163. Frank and Ollie (1995)
  164. Toy Story (1995)
  165. Tom and Huck (1995)
  166. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
  167. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
  168. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
  169. Kazaam (1996)
  170. Jack (1996)
  171. Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)
  172. First Kid (1996)
  173. Quack Pack (1996)
  174. Mighty Ducks – Series (1996)
  175. The Incredible Hulk – Series (1996)
  176. 101 Dalmatians (1996)
  177. That Darn Cat (1997)
  178. Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)
  179. Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
  180. Smart Guy (1997)
  181. The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997)
  182. Hercules (1997)
  183. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)
  184. Recess (1997)
  185. Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)
  186. Flubber (1997)
  187. Ruby Bridges (1998)
  188. Silver Surfer (1998)
  189. Belle's Magical World (1998)
  190. Meet the Deedles (1998)
  191. Miracle at Midnight (1998)
  192. The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998)
  193. Mulan (1998)
  194. You Lucky Dog (1998)
  195. The Parent Trap (1998)
  196. Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)
  197. Brink! (1998)
  198. Hercules – Series (1998)
  199. The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story (1998)
  200. Out of the Box (1998)
  201. Halloweentown (1998)
  202. The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)
  203. Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998)
  204. I'll Be Home for Christmas (1998)
  205. A Bug's Life (1998)
  206. Mighty Joe Young (1998)
  207. So Weird (1999)
  208. Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)
  209. My Favorite Martian (1999)
  210. Doug's 1st Movie (1999)
  211. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
  212. Can of Worms (1999)
  213. The Thirteenth Year (1999)
  214. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
  215. Smart House (1999)
  216. Inspector Gadget (1999)
  217. Johnny Tsunami (1999)
  218. Genius (1999)
  219. Spider-Man Unlimited – Series (1999)
  220. Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)
  221. The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)
  222. Annie (1999)
  223. Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas (1999)
  224. Horse Sense (1999)
  225. Toy Story 2 (1999)
  226. Fantasia 2000 (2000)
  227. Up, Up and Away (2000)
  228. The Color of Friendship (2000)
  229. The Tigger Movie (2000)
  230. An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)
  231. Whispers: An Elephant's Tale (2000)
  232. Alley Cats Strike (2000)
  233. Rip Girls (2000)
  234. Miracle in Lane 2 (2000)
  235. Dinosaur (2000)
  236. Stepsister From Planet Weird (2000)
  237. Even Stevens (2000)
  238. The Kid (2000)
  239. Ready to Run (2000)
  240. Quints (2000)
  241. The Other Me (2000)
  242. The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)
  243. Remember the Titans (2000)
  244. Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire (2000)
  245. X-Men: Evolution – Series (2000)
  246. Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)
  247. 102 Dalmatians (2000)
  248. The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)
  249. The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
  250. Zenon: The Zequel (2001)
  251. Lizzie McGuire (2001)
  252. The Book of Pooh (2001)
  253. Recess: School's Out (2001)
  254. Motocrossed (2001)
  255. Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001)
  256. The Luck of the Irish (2001)
  257. Hounded (2001)
  258. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)
  259. The Jennie Project (2001)
  260. The Princess Diaries (2001)
  261. Jumping Ship (2001)
  262. The Poof Point (2001)
  263. Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (2001)
  264. Monsters, Inc. (2001)
  265. 'Twas the Night (2001)
  266. Three Days (2001)
  267. Snow Dogs (2002)
  268. Double Teamed (2002)
  269. Return to Never Land (2002)
  270. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)
  271. Cadet Kelly (2002)
  272. The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)
  273. Tru Confessions (2002)
  274. The Rookie (2002)
  275. Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)
  276. Kim Possible (2002)
  277. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
  278. Get a Clue (2002)
  279. Tarzan & Jane (2002)
  280. The Country Bears (2002)
  281. Gotta Kick It Up! (2002)
  282. A Ring of Endless Light (2002)
  283. The Scream Team (2002)
  284. Tuck Everlasting (2002)
  285. The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
  286. Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)
  287. Treasure Planet (2002)
  288. You Wish! (2003)
  289. That's So Raven (2003)
  290. 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure (2003)
  291. The Jungle Book 2 (2003)
  292. Inspector Gadget 2 (2003)
  293. Piglet's Big Movie (2003)
  294. Right on Track (2003)
  295. The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)
  296. Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003)
  297. Finding Nemo (2003)
  298. The Even Stevens Movie (2003)
  299. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
  300. Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
  301. Freaky Friday (2003)
  302. The Cheetah Girls (2003)
  303. Stitch! The Movie (2003)
  304. Deep Blue (2003)
  305. Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003)
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  356. Kronk's New Groove (2005)
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  370. Leroy & Stitch (2006)
  371. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
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  373. The Replacements (2006)
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  400. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
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  407. The Suite Life on Deck (2008)
  408. Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Series (2008)
  409. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)
  410. Tinker Bell (2008)
  411. Bolt (2008)
  412. Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2008)
  413. The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)
  414. Wolverine and the X-Men (2009)
  415. Dadnapped (2009)
  416. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)
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  418. Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)
  419. Hatching Pete (2009)
  420. JONAS (2009)
  421. Trail of the Panda (2009)
  422. Easter Island Unsolved (2009)
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  424. Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)
  425. Bizarre Dinosaurs (2009)
  426. Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)
  427. The Princess and the Frog (2009)
  428. Skyrunners (2009)
  429. Starstruck (2010)
  430. Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  431. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
  432. Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)
  433. Good Luck Charlie (2010)
  434. Toy Story 3 (2010)
  435. Den Brother (2010)
  436. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)
  437. Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)
  438. Journey to Shark Eden (2010)
  439. Secretariat (2010)
  440. The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010)
  441. Great Migrations (2010)
  442. Shake It Up (2010)
  443. Avalon High (2010)
  444. Tangled (2010)
  445. TRON: Legacy (2010)
  446. Jake and the Never Land Pirates (2011)
  447. Wings of Life (Feature) (2011)
  448. The Suite Life Movie (2011)
  449. Lemonade Mouth (2011)
  450. African Cats (2011)
  451. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
  452. Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (2011)
  453. Kickin' It (2011)
  454. Cars 2 (2011)
  455. Winnie the Pooh (2011)
  456. Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011)
  457. Teen Spirit (2011)
  458. Jessie (2011)
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  460. The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011)
  461. Geek Charming (2011)
  462. The Muppets (2011)
  463. Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! (2011)
  464. 12 Dates of Christmas (2011)
  465. Frenemies (2012)
  466. Lab Rats (2012)
  467. Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)
  468. Chimpanzee (2012)
  469. Violetta (2012)
  470. TRON: Uprising (2012)
  471. Let It Shine (2012)
  472. Gravity Falls (2012)
  473. Brave (2012)
  474. Secrets of the King Cobra (2012)
  475. Crash & Bernstein (2012)
  476. Girl vs. Monster (2012)
  477. Secret of the Wings (2012)
  478. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
  479. Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)
  480. Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise (2012)
  481. The Mistle-Tones (2012)
  482. The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)
  483. Iron Man 3 (2013)
  484. Life Below Zero (2013)
  485. Avengers Assemble (2013)
  486. Monsters University (2013)
  487. Teen Beach Movie (2013)
  488. Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)
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  490. Sharks of Lost Island (2013)
  491. Thor: The Dark World (2013)
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  493. Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
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  501. Girl Meets World (2014)
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  512. Inside Out (2015)
  513. Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)
  514. Best Friends Whenever (2015)
  515. Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)
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  517. Descendants (2015)
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  524. Wild Yellowstone (2015)
  525. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
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  527. Stuck in the Middle (2016)
  528. Lab Rats: Elite Force (2016)
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  548. Atlantis Rising (2017)
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  550. Origins: The Journey of Humankind (2017)
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Breast milk is incredible. We really don't need more studies to prove that breast milk has a ton of benefits for babies. We get it and we also get that breastfeeding isn't an option for everyone. But researchers are now looking further into the properties of human milk to figure out just how it works its magic because understanding what makes breastmilk great can help parents who feed their babies breastmilk, formula or both.

One recent study has identified a compound responsible for killing off bad bacteria, and their work might eventually help those who can't breastfeed their babies.

The study, published this month in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that human milk contains 3,000 micrograms per milliliter of a compound called glycerol monolaurate (GML). Cow's milk contains only 150 micrograms per milliliter of the stuff, and infant formula has none. Researchers from National Jewish Health and the University of Iowa then tested human milk, cow's milk and formula to see their effect on the growth of certain bacteria.

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Compared to the other two milks, human milk was much better at stopping the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Clostridium perfringens, and Escherichia coli—all of which can cause nasty infections and G.I. illnesses. (GML alone isn't very effective against Escherichia coli, a.k.a. E. coli, but the scientists believe it works in conjunction with other compounds in breastmilk to kill that bacteria.)

When the scientists then removed GML from the breastmilk, it stopped battling the harmful bacteria. And when they added GML to cow's milk, it successfully stopped the growth of Staphylococcus aureus. They also found that GML has anti-inflammatory properties, which is helpful in protecting babies' intestines and may be why breast milk is an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis.

"We think GML holds great promise as a potential additive to cows' milk and infant formula that could promote the health of babies around the world," Patrick Schlievert, PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Iowa and the paper's first author, said in a press release.

So while GML is one more reason breastfeeding is awesome, this research is also getting us a step closer to helping the many children for whom that is not an option.

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We've come a long way when it comes to talking about maternal mental health. These days celebrities speak openly about their experiences with perinatal mood disorders and many regular mothers share their experiences on social media. In 2019 it's okay to say "this is hard and I need help," but what actually happens when we ask for help varies and, in some instances, is downright unacceptable.

Recently an Alabama mom to a 2-year-old and a 2-month-old—we'll call her Beth to protect her privacy—showed up at her obstetrician's office seeking treatment for depression and unwelcome thoughts. But Beth didn't get the help she expected. Instead, her children were removed from the home she shares with her husband and were placed in the care of a relative.

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What Beth experienced here is not uncommon and evidence that more work needs to be done to support mothers with their mental health.

Research indicates that maternal descriptions of violent, intrusive thoughts can result in children being taken out of a parent's care when that is not necessary. But research also indicates that such thoughts are common. A study published in the journal BCM Psychiatry this year found "unwanted, intrusive thoughts of harm-related to the infant are reported by the vast majority of new mothers, with half of all new mothers reporting unwanted, intrusive thoughts of harming their infant on purpose." But preliminary evidence suggests that these thoughts are not associated with an increased risk of harm to infants.

Beth's case is similar to one out of California last year and highlights how much work needs to be done to ensure that when vulnerable mothers seek treatment the systems and people receiving them are able to help them in a way that doesn't feel like punishment.

Beth is now bravely speaking out about what happened to her. In an exclusive interview with Motherly, she explains how she went to her OB's office (with her exclusively breastfed infant in tow) to seek help for a feeling she thought was postpartum depression. She says she described her feelings to a nurse at the OB's office, including a fleeting, intrusive thought she'd had about ending her life and her baby's. She tells Motherly it was not a thought she would act on—that the thought of harming her baby repulsed her—but the fact that such an image would pop into her mind concerned her a great deal.

When the doctor came into the exam room about an hour later Beth told her story a second time, telling her OB: "I feel hopeless and I'm crying a lot, and I had this fleeting thought of hurting myself and my child," she says. According to Beth, the doctor then left the room and returned with a plan for Beth to go to a nearby Emergency Room. Beth says she was told she could keep her baby with her, would be evaluated and sent home that evening with medication.

But things did not go as she expected once she arrived at the ER. While she was waiting to be seen by a doctor she called her mother, who suggested she leave the hospital, but Beth says nursing staff encouraged her to stay. Hours later Beth was admitted to the women and children's hospital where she'd given birth just weeks earlier. There, Beth was evaluated by a psychiatrist. Shortly afterward, her husband (who had been at work) arrived. It was now after 5 p.m. and the couple was growing concerned.

With her husband and her mother-in-law now by her side, Beth decided to sign out, advising staff she wanted to seek outpatient treatment. Hospital staff tried to convince her to stay, but she decided to leave with her husband. As they left the building a security guard followed them, telling them Beth was now on a "psych hold."

As Beth tells it, while the couple was getting into their cars (they had arrived separately) the hospital issued a Code Adam (a code for a missing child or baby) for her infant daughter, but Beth was able to simply pay $14 to leave the parking structure with no issues. The couple didn't go home, but rather to pick up their 2-year-old and head to Beth's mother-in-law's house. When a neighbor called and asked Beth why there were several police cars in front of her house she realized how serious the situation had become.

Beth's mother-in-law went to speak with the police and called Beth to bring her daughters to meet police and social workers from the Alabama Department of Human Resources. Beth was not allowed to spend the night with her children and was told to be in court the next morning.

In court, Beth was told she was a danger to her children, and they were placed in the care of a cousin. "My husband, since he was helping me leave the hospital, he's not allowed to have custody of the kids. They can't come to our house. I have to be supervised with the children at all times. I can't spend the night with them. It's just a big mess," Beth tells Motherly.

The Department of Human Resources responded to Motherly's request for comment on this case with the following statement: "All information regarding child welfare investigations is confidential under state law".

Joy Burkhard is the founder and executive director of 2020Mom.org, a national organization dedicated to closing "gaps in maternal mental health care through education, advocacy, and collaboration." She says Beth's case illustrates how much nuance and support is missing from maternal health care right now.

"Our health care system is completely failing so many mothers, like Beth, who speak up because they want to get treatment. By taking a mother's babies away, the system has failed not once but twice," she explains.

Burkhard is concerned that doctors still confuse symptoms of postpartum depression (including intrusive thoughts) with the more serious postpartum psychosis, which does increase a mother's risk of harming her children. She says that while awareness of maternal mental health disorders like postpartum depression has increased in recent years, "most doctors still aren't adequately trained in the nuances of these disorders and nuances matter."

Back in Alabama, Beth believes the nuance was lost in her case and insists she would not have acted on the thoughts that entered her mind and was not a danger to her child. "That's not me. I know I would never do that. I just wanted help to control the thoughts," she explains.

Her case highlights some serious issues with how mothers seeking mental health help are treated, but her experience should not discourage mothers from seeking help when they need it.

"If you are experiencing intrusive thoughts about harming yourself or your baby, the number one thing is safety. If anyone is in immediate danger, call 911," says Diana Spalding, Midwife and Motherly's Digital Education Editor.

Spalding continues: "If you know that you need help but danger is not imminent, try to find a professional that specializes in postpartum mood disorders. They'll understand the nuances of what you are experiencing. If this type of help does not exist, or you find yourself in the ER, ask for an interdisciplinary approach between an ER Doctor, an OB or midwife, and a psychiatrist. Together they may be able to provide a more holistic view of what you're going through."

Meanwhile, Beth is hoping no one has to go through what she is going through. She and her husband and doing everything they can to get their children back home. Beth is seeing a psychiatrist, a psychologist and a counselor and she and her husband are attending parenting classes five days a week. She says the deadline given to her by DHR was December 23, and that she will have met all the department's requirements long before then. She is hoping to be sleeping under the same roof as her children by Christmas.

2020mom is now circulating a petition addressed to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, noting that it is "critical doctors, nurses, child protective services and judges receive training in the range of disorders and symptoms so they know when a mother is at risk of harming herself and/or her baby (with postpartum psychosis), and when she is not (with postpartum intrusive thoughts/anxiety)." More than 2,000 people have signed the petition.

If you are struggling with your mental health right now check out these resources to find the help you need, mama.

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Military families give up so much for their country, particularly when they have small children at home. Those of us who have never witnessed this kind of sacrifice first-hand could use a reminder of it once in a while, which is just one of the reasons we're so happy to see the beautiful photoshoot Mary Chevalier arranged for her husband's return home from Afghanistan.

The photoshoot was extra special because while James Chevalier was serving a nine-month deployment, Mary gave birth to their second son, Caspian.

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"During the laboring and birthing process of Caspian, I was surrounded by family, but that did not fill the void of not having my husband by my side," Mary told InsideEdition.com. "He was able to video chat during the labor and birth, but for both of us, it was not enough."

While James had yet to meet Caspian, their 3-year-old son, Gage, missed his dad a whole lot, so this homecoming was going to be a big deal for him too. That's why Mary arranged for her wedding photographer, Brittany Watson, to be with them for their reunion in Atlanta.

Gage was so happy to see his Dad 

"[He] had no idea he was going to be getting to see his daddy that day," Watson wrote on Facebook. "The family met at the Southeastern Railway Museum for Gage to go on a special train ride... little did he know, he'd be doing it with daddy!"

Watson did a beautiful job capturing the high emotions of every single family member, from Gage's surprise, to the delight on baby Caspian's face. It's no wonder her Facebook post went viral last week.

"Caspian is natural, a very happy baby, but both James and I felt like Caspian knew who his father was almost immediately," Mary told Inside Edition. "He was easily comforted by me husband right off the bat and seemed to have an instant connection. It was very emotional."

The moment this dad had been waiting for 

If we're sobbing just looking at the photos, we can't even imagine what it was like in real life.

"We are all so blessed and take so much for granted," Watson wrote. "I cannot contain the joy I feel in my heart when I look at these images, and I hope you feel it too!"


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