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Weight-loss surgery cuts risk of major birth defects

October 17, 2019

Children born to women who underwent gastric bypass surgery before becoming pregnant had a lower risk of major…
Breaking Down Barriers in the Fight Against Congenital Heart Disease

September 16, 2019

Academic research has long been characterized by silos and protective instincts. A new crop of fresh-thinking physician scientists…
Home births as safe as hospital births, but only for low-risk pregnancies

August 15, 2019

A large international study led by McMaster shows that women with low-risk pregnancies who intend to give birth…
Reducing Opioid Prescriptions After C-Sections

June 10, 2019

Nearly a third of birthing moms now deliver babies via cesarean section — and many of them go…
Story time: a novel solution for preemies, moms suffering from postpartum depression

April 4, 2019

It’s a heartbreaking reality: many women who give birth to children requiring the expert care of a neonatal…
Medically assisted reproduction does not increase birth risks

January 15, 2019

Couples considering medically assisted reproduction (MAR) because they have difficulties conceiving naturally, have feared that they could do…
The Dangerous Allure of Breech Birth at Home – and a Problematic New Paper

January 3, 2019

At first glance, I thought I’d misunderstood it. I just didn’t expect to see a paper with so much spin…
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Caesarean sections prevent natural transfer of immune system-boosting bacteria

January 3, 2019

Baby‘s birth is always an exciting moment, but it can also be hugely stressful. In fact, in certain…
What Pregnant Moms Need to Know About the ‘Fourth Trimester’

December 14, 2018

Pregnant moms spend a lot of time learning what to expect from pregnancy and how to care for…
Baby’s High-Risk Delivery Includes Removing 3½-Pound Tumor

December 4, 2018

When a highly specialized team of University of Michigan doctors arrived in the birthing room, they faced a…
Opioid-affected births to rural residents are increasing in both rural and urban hospitals

November 5, 2018

The opioid epidemic has had devastating effects on families in rural communities, places where both maternity care and…
Hospitals differ widely in providing safe vaginal delivery after cesarean

October 29, 2018

Despite the conventional belief that for women giving birth “once a cesarean always a cesarean,” the practice of…
Women most likely to leave labor force after first child, not later births

October 24, 2018

Using data from the nationally representative 1979-2012 waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, Catherine Doren discovered that…
Delayed pushing appears to have no effect on chances for spontaneous vaginal delivery

October 11, 2018

Delaying pushing during the second stage of labor — when the cervix is fully dilated at 10 centimeters…
New approach improves detection of diseases at birth

September 14, 2018

The combination of a new sequencing technique and machine learning can speed up the diagnosis of diseases in…
Dramatic development of immune system after birth

September 3, 2018

Examining how the neonatal immune system changes has been difficult since the analyses are made from samples taken…
Closing coal, oil power plants leads to healthier babies

May 25, 2018

Shuttering coal- and oil-fired power plants lowers the rate of preterm births in neighboring communities and improves fertility,…
Unspoken complication of childbirth

May 17, 2018

There is currently a large discrepancy between services in Wales and the rest of the UK, with patients…
Study finds care inadequacies in disabled pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting

March 26, 2018

A study by the University of Liverpool and Bournemouth University (BU) has found that some disabled women are…
Rise in preterm births linked to clinical intervention

January 19, 2018

Published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, the study was led by the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide.…
Pesticides: Extreme Exposure

September 1, 2017

Although common opinion holds that exposure to pesticides increases adverse birth outcomes, the existing body of scientific evidence…
New insight into leading viral cause of congenital birth defects

April 7, 2017

A study led by Cardiff University has revealed why CMV – a virus responsible for 1000 birth defects…
Maintaining social relations is the key to preventing baby blues

March 10, 2017

Having a baby is a happy event for everyone. However, it is often followed by some depression symptoms…
Experiments showed that the new way to prevent pre-term births may be effective

November 8, 2016

Pre-term birth is a major health concern, which can cause death or significant health problems later in life.…
Birth weight and adult disease are genetically linked, study finds

September 30, 2016

Genes can help explain why some babies have a low birth weight, a major international study jointly led…
Surgical stitch linked to stillbirth and preterm birth

August 3, 2016

In a study of almost 700 pregnant women who received a cervical stitch designed to prevent preterm labor,…
Higher oxygen levels help more premature babies to survive

February 12, 2016

Helping preterm infants to survive is a difficult task for doctors. There are countless researches, which created many…
Research looks at nanotechnology to help prevent preterm birth

February 5, 2016

Findings presented at SMFM annual meeting Using nanoparticles to engineer a special drug, a team of researchers from…
Woman’s health, education and marital status pre-pregnancy affect birth weight of her daughters, granddaughters

August 24, 2015

A woman’s weight at birth, education level and marital status pre-pregnancy can have repercussions for two generations, putting…
When new parents become unhappy, brothers and sisters become less likely

August 7, 2015

Couples who perceive a drop in happiness in the first year after they became parents, have a lower…
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