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Federal report finds early births decline in most categories
For the first time in three decades, the nation - and most states - saw a two-year decline in preterm birth rates, indicating that strategies implemented over the past seven years have begun to pay off, according to the March of Dimes. View News Article (2010-05-12)

Halving the risk of preterm birth for some twin pregnancies
International research involving the University of Adelaide has found that the risk of preterm birth could be halved for a specific group of "super high-risk" twin pregnancies. View News Article (2014-09-11)

Low birth weight reduces ability to metabolize drugs
Researchers have identified another concern related to low birth weight - a difference in how the body reacts to drugs, which may last a person's entire life and further complicate treatment of illnesses or diseases that are managed with medications. View News Article (2014-02-27)

Women feel unprepared for operative deliveries
Antenatal classes do not adequately prepare women for operative deliveries (caesarean sections, use of ventouse or forceps), according to study in this week's BMJ. Researchers interviewed 27 women who had undergone operative delivery in the second stage of labour at two UK hospitals between 2000 and 2002. Many women felt unprepared for operative delivery and thought that their birth plan or... View News Article (2003-11-11)

SSRI antidepressants do not pose major birth defect risk
Researchers from Boston University's Slone Epidemiology Center have found that certain selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants do not appear to increase the risk for most kinds of birth defects. View News Article (2007-06-28)

Pregnant Women with Epilepsy Face Dilemma: Continue Treatment and Risk Birth Defects?
An article in the journal Epilepsia reviewed recent data on the risks associated with continuation of medical treatment of women with epilepsy during their pregnancies. While the general consensus is that use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with increased risk for birth defects, physicians weigh this risk against that of uncontrolled epileptic seizures, which can be more harmful to the fetus... View News Article (2005-04-22)

Childbirth not linked to urinary incontinence, study finds
Postmenopausal women who have given birth vaginally do not appear to suffer from urinary incontinence at higher rates than their sisters who have never given birth. View News Article (2005-12-02)

3-D ultrasound identifies women at risk for impending preterm birth
To help physicians non-invasively identify women at risk for preterm birth, 3-D ultrasound was used to measure the size of fetal adrenal glands, according to an abstract presented by Yale School of Medicine researchers at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Conference February 8 in San Francisco. View News Article (2007-02-09)

Childhood cancer survivors may have low birth weight children
Female childhood cancer survivors may face pregnancy problems, including early deliveries and low birth weight children. View News Article (2006-10-18)

In vitro fertilization linked to increase risk for birth defects
In vitro fertilization (IVF) may significantly increase the risk of birth defects, particularly those of the eye, heart, reproductive organs and urinary systems. View News Article (2012-10-22)

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