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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)

March of Dimes calls for 50 percent reduction in preterm births by 2030
The March of Dimes is calling for a nationwide effort to reduce U.S. preterm births to 5.5 percent of all live births by 2030. Seven other developed countries already have preterm birth rates below 6 percent, and 15 have rates below 7 percent.  View News Article (2014-11-03)

Planned home birth with registered midwife as safe as hospital birth
The risk of infant death following planned home birth attended by a registered midwife does not differ from that of a planned hospital birth. View News Article (2009-08-31)

Exercise in pregnancy reduces size of offspring
Chevy Chase, MD- According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), regular moderate-intensity aerobic exercise led to a modest reduction in offspring birth weight without restricting the development of maternal insulin resistance. View News Article (2010-04-05)

Men who were small babies are less likely to marry
Men who were small at birth are less likely to marry, finds a study in this week's BMJ. Although the factors that lead men to marry are complex, these findings raise the possibility that early growth restriction may influence the factors involved in partner selection. Over 3,500 men, born at the Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland, during 1924-33 were studied. Birth data were linked... View News Article (2001-03-27)

Preconception care crucial to improving maternal and infant health
Continued improvements in the infant and maternal mortality rates will depend on interventions before a woman becomes pregnant, according to officials from the March of Dimes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts. View News Article (2006-09-20)

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