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New method can predict 80 percent of cases of postnatal depression
Worldwide, 13% of women who give birth suffer from postnatal depression, which causes a significant deterioration in a mother's quality of life and her ability to care for her baby. View News Article (2009-09-17)

Pregnant women at low risk of complications can safely be offered a choice of where to give birth
Women with low risk pregnancies should be able to choose where they give birth, concludes a study published on today.  View News Article (2011-11-28)

Standing for long periods during pregnancy may curb fetal growth
Standing for long periods during pregnancy may curb the growth of the developing fetus, suggests research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. View News Article (2012-06-28)

Prenatal exercise lowers risks of C-sections, higher birth weights
Pregnant women who exercise can significantly lower the risk of undergoing Caesarean sections and giving birth to large babies, a University of Alberta study has found.  View News Article (2015-05-12)

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)

Both birth weight and adult lifestyle influence diabetes risk
A low birth weight combined with an unhealthy lifestyle in adulthood are jointly related to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, finds a study published in The BMJ this week. View News Article (2015-07-22)

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)

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