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Women who receive midwife care throughout their pregnancy and birth have better outcomes
Maternity care that involves a midwife as the main care provider leads to better outcomes for most women, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. (2013-08-20)
Seizures during pregnancy associated with risk of pre-term and small babies
Women with epilepsy who have seizures during pregnancy appear more likely to give birth to pre-term, small or low-birth-weight babies than women without epilepsy, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2009-08-10)
Closing in on risk factors for cerebral palsy and infant death
Researchers examined the degree to which four specific risk factors contributed to cerebral palsy and young infant death. (2013-09-09)
Multivitamins in pregnancy reduce risk of low birth weights
Prenatal multivitamin supplements are associated with a significantly reduced risk of babies with a low birth weight compared with prenatal iron-folic acid supplementation, found a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2009-06-08)
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. (2013-09-16)
Study links birth control shot to moderately increased risk of HIV infection
An analysis of 12 observational studies from sub-Saharan Africa involving 39,560 women has found that use of an injectable birth control moderately increased the risk of becoming infected with HIV. (2015-01-08)
When Dads go gooey-eyed, blame their hormones
Researchers in Canada have found for the first time that expectant fathers' hormones fluctuate and the changes mimic their partners' nine-month hormonal roller coaster. (2000-01-04)
Low Birth-Weight Risk Begins Early
Reviewing thousands of ultrasound scans at a Scottish hospital, a team led by a Cornell University researcher found that babies that were small in the first trimester of pregnancy were more likely to be born low-birth-weight and extremely premature. (1998-12-16)
Study: Lower legal drinking age increases poor birth outcomes
Amid renewed calls to consider reducing the legal drinking age, a new University of Georgia study finds that lower drinking ages increase unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young people. (2009-05-21)
World-first to predict premature birth
Australian researchers and a pathology company have joined forces to develop a world-first computerized system which may reveal a way to predict premature birth with greater accuracy. (2008-09-07)
Pregnant women who smoke, urged to give up before 15-week 'deadline'
Women who stop smoking before week 15 of pregnancy cut their risk of spontaneous premature birth and having small babies to the same as nonsmokers, according to research published on bmj.com today. (2009-03-26)
New fertility guidelines limit embryo transfers
New fertility treatment guidelines from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine call for a limited number of embryos -- in some cases only one -- to be transferred during in-vitro fertilization procedures. (2006-10-24)
Lack of key enzyme in the metabolism of folic acid leads to birth defects
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have discovered that the lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing embryos. (2013-01-17)
Sexually transmitted disease, urinary tract infections may be bad combination for birth defect
Women who reported having both a sexually transmitted disease and urinary tract infection just before or during early pregnancy were four times more likely to have babies with gastroschisis -- a severe birth defect in which infants are born with their intestines and other internal organs outside the abdomen, University of Utah researchers report in the online British Medical Journal. (2008-06-20)
March of Dimes announces Prematurity Campaign expansion at Surgeon General's conference
The March of Dimes has extended its Prematurity Campaign by 10 years to 2020 and will work to address preterm birth globally, it was announced at the Surgeon General's Conference on Prevention of Preterm Birth, as part of the national action plan being created to address the growing crisis of preterm birth. (2008-06-16)
Ultrasound reveals autism risk at birth
Low-birth-weight babies with a particular brain abnormality are at greater risk for autism, according to a new study that could provide doctors a signpost for early detection of the still poorly understood disorder. (2013-02-25)
Association between birth of an infant with major congenital anomalies and subsequent risk of death
In Denmark, having a child with a major congenital anomaly was associated with a small but statistically significant increased risk of death in the mother compared with women without an affected child, according to a study appearing in the Dec. (2016-12-20)
Teenage fathers are more likely to have babies affected by birth problems
Teenage fathers are at increased risk of having babies born with birth problems ranging from pre-term delivery or low birth weight, through to death in or near to the time of delivery, according to new research to be published in Human Reproduction journal. (2008-02-06)
Increased rate of hemangiomas linked to rise in number of low birth weight infants in US
Low birth weight is the most significant factor for the development of infantile hemangiomas, a common birthmark, according to a new study by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Research Institute. (2008-10-20)
Most first-time mothers wait until after 6 weeks before resuming sex following childbirth
Most first-time mothers wait until after six weeks postpartum to resume vaginal sex following childbirth and women who have an operative vaginal birth, caesarean section, perineal tear or episiotomy appear to wait longer, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2013-02-26)
Preterm birth contributes to growing number of infant deaths
Babies born too soon and too small accounted for a growing proportion of infant deaths, 36.5 percent of infant deaths in 2005, up from 34.6 percent in 2000. (2008-07-29)
Mothers abused during childhood at risk for having low birth weight babies
Mothers who were maltreated as children have increased risk for giving birth to low birth weight babies. (2011-03-29)
Newborns should be screened for heart defects, study shows
There is now overwhelming evidence that all babies should be offered screening for heart defects at birth, according to a major new study published online in the Lancet. (2012-05-01)
A sheep's early life experiences can shape behavior in later life
New research has found that a sheep's experiences soon after birth can shape its later behavior and also that of its offspring. (2014-07-01)
National Zoo giant panda pregnancy update
Scientists at the Smithsonian's National Zoo detected a secondary rise in urinary progestin levels in the Zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang earlier this month. (2008-06-20)
Early growth influences risk of heart disease in later life
A study in this week's BMJ reports a strong association between infant and childhood growth and the development of coronary heart disease in later life. (2001-04-19)
Premature babies may grow up to have weaker bones
Low birth weight babies are at higher risk of osteoporosis later in life, especially if they are born prematurely. (2016-05-29)
Biomarker can predict risk of preterm birth from first half of pregnancy
Offering a standard biomarker test earlier in pregnancy could potentially help doctors to better identify women at risk of giving birth prematurely, thus enabling health services to focus treatments on women at highest risk, according to a new study led by King's College London. (2016-01-11)
New method opens up the possibility of customizing breast milk for premature children
There is a difference between breast milk from women who give birth prematurely and from women who give birth to full-term babies. (2016-08-09)
New mothers more satisfied after giving birth in a public hospital
Women who give birth in a public hospital are more confident parents compared to women who have babies privately, a new Australian study has found. (2015-03-11)
Immigration raids are linked to low birth weights among Latina mothers
Some types of Immigration policy and enforcement can negatively affect the well-being of Latino immigrants, but few studies have examined the repercussions to the health of Latino newborns. (2017-02-01)
US sees steep rise in 'no indicated risk' caesareans
The United States has seen a steep rise in caesareans to women with no reported medical risk, according to research published today on (2004-11-18)
New data reveal pregnancies exposed to accutane despite risk management program
More than 120 pregnancies were exposed during the first year of iPledge, a mandatory program designed to prevent pregnant women from being exposed to the antiacne medication Accutane and similar medications containing isotretinoin (a known teratogen or birth defect-causing agent), a report revealed. (2007-07-31)
Young women unfamiliar with safety, effectiveness of IUD
The IUD might be one of the best-kept birth control secrets for young women, according to researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center. (2006-12-15)
Later cord clamping after birth increases iron levels in babies
Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. (2013-07-10)
Birth attendant and maternal hand-washing associated with reduced newborn death rate
Washing hands with soap and water before delivering a newborn infant is associated with a lower rate of neonatal deaths in developing countries, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-07-07)
Secondhand smoke increases hospital admissions for all types of infectious diseases
Children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke are more likely to get severe infectious diseases and have to be admitted to hospital, finds research published online ahead of print in Tobacco Control. (2008-05-27)
£28.5M investment for groundbreaking new research facility
A groundbreaking new research facility is planned to enable unprecedented understanding of how economic, social and biological factors combine to shape human behavior. (2008-07-24)
National statistics for 18 major birth defects released
Among 18 major birth defects included in this study, cleft lip and/or palate had the highest prevalence, followed by Down Syndrome, according to research that for the first time provides population-based estimates for the prevalence of specific birth defects nationwide. (2006-01-05)
Baby booms and birth control in space
Stars in galaxies are a bit similar to people: during the first phase of their existence they grow rapidly, after which a stellar birth control occurs in most galaxies. (2007-09-25)
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