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Maternity survey tracks changes in health care for mothers

A national survey of more than 4,500 recent mothers last year in England, conducted by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) at ...

Stress cost of a new baby = $85,000

Research from the University of Melbourne has put a dollar figure of $85,000 on the time pressure and stress experienced by mothers ...

Waiting to start a family could be more problematic than thought: Otago study

More than a quarter of women and a fifth of men experience fertility difficulties by their late thirties – figures which are considerably higher than traditionally reported, newly published information from the Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study shows. ... Full story

They can cause problems in baby development

A large amount of mitochondrial toxic agents cross the placenta barrier ... Full story

Female diet alters the nutrient composition of fluid in the womb

Scientists at the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Medicine have discovered that maternal diet affects the nutrient composition of fluid in the womb of women and thus may aid in the development of nutritional interventions to support the very earliest stages of pregnancy. ... Full story

Who cares? Why evolution suggests parenting responsibility is seldom equally shared

Small initial differences which predispose one sex to care more are exaggerated once the ability to care evolves. As a result, one sex evolves attributes – such as pouches in female marsupials – that enhance the ability to care, and so this sex does most or all of the care. ... Full story

Mothers can pass traits to offspring through bacteria’s DNA

By Michael C. Purdy - It’s a firmly established fact straight from Biology 101: Traits such as eye color and height are passed from one generation to the next through the parents’ DNA. ... Full story

Research finds 15-fold increase in newborn opioid withdrawal in Ontario; many born to mothers with legal opioid prescriptions

By Leslie Shepherd - The number of newborns suffering from opioid withdrawal increased 15-fold in Ontario over 20 years, according to research published today in CMAJ Open. ... Full story

30Second Mom and Loyola Medicine partner to create health tips for parents

CHICAGO, Ill. – Life as a busy parent in a noisy social media world just got a whole lot easier, thanks to a collaboration between 30Second Mom and Loyola University Health System. ... Full story

Greater access to midwifery care may improve communication between pregnant women and their health care providers finds University of Minnesota study

A new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health finds pregnant women who are assigned a health care provider for their pregnancy – as opposed to selecting a care provider themselves – have a higher chance of receiving prenatal care from a midwife. ... Full story

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