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Both parents experience highs and lows in sexuality after childbirth
Partners of new mothers often experience shifts in sexuality, and these shifts are often unrelated to biological or medical factors pertaining to childbirth. View News Article (2013-08-01)

Authors of a research letter in this week's issue of THE LANCET conclude that there is no evidence to support the belief that sexual intercourse too soon or two long after ovulation is associated with an increased risk of birth defects and Down's syndrome. For many years, the ageing of gametes as a result of prolonged retention in the female reproductive tract before fertilisation has been... View News Article (2002-05-08)

Preterm birth rates improve in most states
Eight states earned a better grade on the 2010 March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card and 32 others and the District of Columbia saw their preterm birth rates improve. View News Article (2010-11-17)

University of Ulster launches study on women bereaved in early childhood
The University of Ulster (UU) is carrying out innovative research into the effect on daughters of the death of their mothers in early childhood. This is the first time the issue has been explored in Ireland and researcher, Anne Tracey, a lecturer at the UU's School of Psychology, said the study will give an insight into the long term consequences of early maternal death. Anne said: "I am... View News Article (2003-03-04)

Salty taste preference linked to birth weight
A new study from the Monell Chemical Senses Center may shed light on why some people like salt more than others. The results suggest that a person's liking for salty taste may be related to how much they weighed when they were born. View News Article (2005-12-08)

New study evaluates the risk of birth defects among women who take antihistamines in pregnancy
Antihistamines are a group of medications that are used to treat various conditions, including allergies and nausea and vomiting. View News Article (2013-09-17)

Leading nursing journal finds mothers and babies benefit from skin-to-skin contact
Research during the past 30 years has found many benefits of skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns immediately after birth, particularly with aiding breastfeeding. View News Article (2014-11-12)

Higher risk of birth defects from assisted reproduction
A University of Adelaide study has identified the risk of major birth defects associated with different types of assisted reproductive technology. View News Article (2012-05-07)

Newborn weights affected by environmental contaminants
Recent epidemiological studies have revealed an increase in the frequency of genital malformations in male newborns (e.g., un-descended testes) and a decrease in male fertility. View News Article (2009-06-16)

Second generation South Asian babies born in UK still below average weight
Second generation babies born to South Asian families in the UK are still well below national average weight, finds research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. There has been no increase in average birthweight among this group in 40 years, shows the research. The birth records for all full term babies born to women of South Asian origin in Southampton between 1957 and 1996 were... View News Article (2002-08-12)

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