ParentData by Emily Oster

By ParentData, Emily Oster

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ParentData makes sense of the latest data about pregnancy and parenting, and, sometimes, COVID-19. It offers numbers and decision-making tools, spreadsheets, statistics, and phrases I claim to invent like “Safety Turducken” and “Situational Fluency.” If this is your jam, you’re in the right place. And I hope that, by listening, you’ll feel more empowered to make your own pregnancy and parenting choices. You can subscribe to the ParentData newsletter at emilyoster.substack.com.

Episode Date
Is Montessori School Better?
00:10:45
Lots of people ask whether Montessori school is better. Or replace “Montessori” with whatever parenting philosophy you want. Today I’m going to start with a dive into the limited data. And then I’ll explain why, in fact, that question is unanswerable and makes no sense to ask.  Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Oct 03, 2022
Happy Anniversary to Us!
00:11:06
Today’s ParentData episode is about ParentData — where we are, where we are going, and answering some questions about how it gets produced. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 29, 2022
Bonus: Ask a Pediatric Urologist
00:26:19
I have another special treat for you. You’re going to hear an interview that I did on Instagram Live with Dr. Liza Aguiar. Liza is a pediatric urologist and when we asked you to submit questions for her, you sent us hundreds. In this conversation, we were able to dive deep into some of your questions about circumcisions, daytime potty training, nighttime potty training and bedwetting, and her real thoughts about Miralax. I hope you enjoy! Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 28, 2022
The Facts About Stillbirth
00:11:21
Today’s discussion is a heavy one: it’s about stillbirth. Like miscarriage or birth trauma or countless other parts of pregnancy and parenting, this is not a topic that’s easy to discuss. The result of that lack of ease is a lack of discussion. But the lack of discussion can leave people feeling unprepared and alone in loss. It also makes it more difficult to think about interventions that might change outcomes. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 26, 2022
Four Books I Couldn’t Put Down
00:04:52
Today I’m recommending (very briefly!) several books that I think will resonate with this audience. They are all completely different. Hopefully at least one will work for you… Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 22, 2022
Bonus: The Power of Data & Its Limits
00:45:27
Sep 21, 2022
Tylenol, Pregnancy, and That New Lawsuit
00:16:00
This is not the first time I’ve discussed Tylenol in pregnancy. It’s not the second time either! But the topic keeps coming up. The latest iteration was a series of scary Instagram posts, some of which reference a possible class-action lawsuit. Yet advisory bodies like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine state that Tylenol is safe during pregnancy. So what's going on? Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 19, 2022
Pandemic Test Score Declines
00:13:35
Sep 15, 2022
How to Talk to Kids About Sex
00:29:27
An interview with social worker and writer Miranda Featherstone on eggs, sperm, and sex ed. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 12, 2022
A Remembrance of My Mother
00:08:39
My mom, Sharon Oster, died in June. When it happened, I desperately wanted to write something to honor her and my memories, but it was impossible. Now I'm feeling ready. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 08, 2022
Oral Immunotherapy (OIT) for Allergies
00:09:31
One of the topics I talk and write about most frequently is the value of early allergen introduction in preventing allergy development in children. A natural follow-up question, though, is: What if my child does have an allergy? In today's episode, we're going to dive in to the world of oral immunotherapy (OIT). Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 06, 2022
Is Homework Important?
00:06:32
Continuing with our theme of back-to-school week, today we are talking about homework. Is it important? Or is it just a way to force parents to stay up late finishing their children’s Pilgrim dioramas and reliving our childhoods through Model Magic clay? What does the data say? Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Sep 01, 2022
(Re)Creating School for Every Child
00:26:13
We’re heading into back-to-school week in my neck of the woods, and in honor of that, this week ParentData is school-focused. Today we have an interview with education expert Michael Horn about his new book, From Reopen to Reinvent: (Re)Creating School for Every Child. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Aug 29, 2022
Is Crawling Important?
00:06:17
Several months ago, the CDC issued new guidelines on developmental milestones that completely eliminated crawling from its list. This change prompted some pushback from physical and occupational therapists, who argued that skipping the crawling milestone is a cause for concern. What is the source of this worry, and is it supported in data? Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Aug 25, 2022
Antidepressants, Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding
00:13:30
About 18% of women in the U.S. use antidepressants regularly. By far the most common antidepressants are the SSRI class. Both pregnancy and the postpartum period can be times of significant stress and mental health challenges, making the question of use of SSRIs during these periods a salient one for many people. Today, I'm going to discuss the data. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Aug 22, 2022
One Thing: Sleep
00:10:36
Aug 18, 2022
Updated CDC Guidelines for School and Child Care
00:09:24
At the end of last week, the CDC released new guidelines for COVID, both for the overall population and for schools and child care settings. I want to discuss that today, in the hopes of making clear what it means for parents. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Aug 15, 2022
Vitamins Are (Mostly) Pointless
00:10:06
Aug 08, 2022
Hot dogs, pregnancy, and empirical methods
00:09:57
Last week on Instagram, an account with over a million followers shared a “fact”: eating hot dogs in pregnancy increases child brain cancer risk by 33%. I posted immediately to dispel this claim, and to discuss the limitations of the study referenced.  But here's the full data dive on this and similar studies. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at ParentData.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Aug 04, 2022
One Thing: A Family Firm Series
00:07:39
Aug 01, 2022
Parechovirus and Monkeypox
00:09:26
Today I want to talk about two fears that parents have been bringing to me: parechovirus and monkeypox. As parents of small children (which most of you are), how much should these change your behavior? Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at parentdata.org. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 28, 2022
Should You Worry About EMFs and Radio-Frequency Fields?
00:09:13
EMFs are everywhere, and so, it seems, is fear of them. But what does the data say? Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 25, 2022
Labor Induction, Vaccines and Periods, and More on ECVs
00:10:13
Today: A decision tool for labor induction. A review of the new evidence on COVID vaccines and periods. And a slightly longer dive into pain management and natural alternatives to an external cephalic version for breech babies. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 21, 2022
COVID Reinfections
00:11:55
The presence of BA.5 has raised significant concerns about reinfection and prompted questions from readers like “Are we all just going to get COVID every three weeks now?” You know how we can better answer these questions? Data. Let’s go. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 18, 2022
Are Disney Princesses Ruining Your Daughter?
00:09:10
Last week, a reader asked: "My oldest is a big fan of Disney princesses, and I have friends who make a big deal about how girls who like princesses grow up to be less successful than girls who like superheroes. I was wondering if the research supports that?" I got curious reading this. What, precisely, do we know about Disney princesses and their impacts, nefarious or otherwise?   Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 14, 2022
Understanding Gun Violence
00:25:55
After the horrifying events in Uvalde, many people wrote to ask about guns, about their child’s safety, about what they could do. I didn’t think I had the expertise to talk about this, but I thought immediately of Megan Ranney. She’s a practicing emergency physician, Academic Dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, and a longtime researcher on sticky social problems, including violence, mental health, and technology. She’s also a friend, and I was very grateful she agreed to come talk with me about the data behind guns and gun violence. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 11, 2022
Study: Video Games Make Kids Smarter
00:09:23
The TL;DR is that I do not think this paper makes a compelling case that video games are good for cognitive development, any more than other papers make the case that they are bad. Beyond that, it’s revealing about the big-picture issues in asking this question. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 07, 2022
New AAP Guidelines on Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep
00:12:31
When new guidelines like this are released, a natural question is why and, more specifically, what changed in the data or social fabric to push it forward. I want to talk through that today, for both the breastfeeding and sleep guidelines. Want more on pregnancy and parenting? Subscribe to the ParentData newsletter for free at emilyoster.substack.com. You can also become a paid subscriber for access to the full ParentData archive (searchable by topic) and an extra newsletter every week.
Jul 05, 2022
Cocomelon and Balance Bikes
00:04:53
Jun 29, 2022
An Under-5 Vaccine Decision Framework
00:10:10
Jun 27, 2022
Under 5 Vaccines: FDA Decides, I dig into the data
00:10:59
Jun 15, 2022
All Kids Are Math Kids
00:24:19
Jun 15, 2022
Thank you, and Time 100
00:04:14
Jun 09, 2022
Breech Delivery, External Versions, and More
00:07:57
Jun 05, 2022
Three Books You Might Really, Really Need
00:07:14
Jun 02, 2022
Reinfection and Long COVID
00:12:30
May 27, 2022
How to Think About the "Motherhood Penalty"
00:11:24
May 22, 2022
New Study on SIDS Is Not What the Media Says It Is
00:09:21
May 13, 2022
Update on COVID Vaccines for Kids
00:10:01
May 11, 2022
Gentle Parenting
00:12:18
May 09, 2022
Pediatric Hepatitis Outbreak
00:10:22
May 03, 2022
Low-Dose Aspirin in Pregnancy
00:09:53
Apr 27, 2022
COVID Fear and COVID Shame
00:10:09
Apr 25, 2022
Pelvic Health with Emily Oster and the Vagina Whisperer
00:21:38
Apr 12, 2022