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Four Factors Predict Neurodevelopmental Outcomes for Children with Low Birth Weight

Four factors – medical complications at birth, maternal education, early motor assessments, and early cognitive assessments – help predict later cognitive function ...

Refugee women at higher risk of preterm birth, study finds

By Kendra Stephenson - Refugee women who come to Canada have greater risk of giving birth prematurely than non-refugee immigrants, a ...

Smartphone App Linked to Increase in Contraceptive Use in India

Small study shows technology transforms interaction between women and community health workers and impacts family planning ... Full story

Antidepressants during pregnancy do not pose risk to unborn child

Women who take antidepressants during pregnancy do not appear to be at greater risk of giving birth to children with congenital heart defects compared to women who are not exposed to the drugs, according to new research from UCL. ... Full story

Slow progress on stillbirth prevention leaves parents of 2.6 million babies suffering in silence each year

More than 2.6 million stillbirths continue to occur globally every year with very slow progress made to tackle this ‘silent problem’, according to new research published in The Lancet. ... Full story

Continued increase in birth defect of abdominal wall

Largest increase among young black mothers ... Full story

Pre-eclampsia in pregnant women can be diagnosed exactly through a blood test

(Vienna ) Pre-eclampsia is a serious illness associated with pregnancy, which develops after twenty weeks and is associated with defective ingrowing of the placenta within the mother. ... Full story

More women like Nuneaton mum Nicola are set to benefit as largest research centre into miscarriage will be in Coventry

Nicola and daughter Isabella UHCW Miscarriage Research Centre AnnouncementA new mum who almost gave up hope of having a baby after suffering from three miscarriages has welcomed news that the largest research centre into the cause of early miscarriage will be in Coventry. ... Full story

Should women exercise during and after pregnancy?

By Nigel Stepto and Cheryce Harrison - Michelle Bridges was this week branded “irresponsible” and accused of providing a “poor message” to new mums following an Instagram post of her workout one month after giving birth. ... Full story

Slow progress in stillbirth prevention highlighted by landmark research series

More than 2.6 million stillbirths continue to occur globally every year with very slow progress made to tackle this ‘silent problem’, according to new research published in The Lancet, and co-authored by Dr Alexander Heazell from the Tommy’s Stillbirth Research Centre at Saint Mary’s Hospital and The University of Manchester. ... Full story

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