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Study shows women lack confidence in maternity care providers

ANN ARBOR—Every woman who has ever had a baby shower has had to sit through the gruesome war stories about labor and ...

Breakthrough in predicting premature birth

A blood test developed by a team of scientists, including researchers from The University of Western Australia, can identify women who are ...

Women from the Caribbean and Africa at highest risk of ICU admission during childbirth

Women born in the Caribbean or Africa are two times more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit at the time of their delivery than Canadian-born women, a new study has found. ... Full story


A new Finnish study shows that fetal exposure to commonly used SRI drugs may affect brain activity in newborns. The researchers suggest that the effects of drugs on fetal brain function should be assessed more carefully. Furthermore, indications for preventive medication should be critically evaluated, and non-pharmacological interventions should be the first-line treatment for depression and anxiety during pregnancy. ... Full story

Study confirms that breast is best for premature babies' hearts

Breastfeeding premature babies improves long-term heart structure and function, an Oxford University study has found. ... Full story

Being born small or stress during pregnancy can lead to greater disease risk in mothers

Low birth weight or stress during pregnancy can lead to long-term health problems in women, according to a study published today in The Journal of Physiology. ... Full story

Expert comment on report suggesting quality of investigations into stillbirth must improve

Over a quarter of investigations into stillbirths, neonatal deaths and severe brain injuries are not good enough, according to a report published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). ... Full story

Could repairing the microbiome in C-section born babies be better for their health?

There are many pros and cons for a woman when choosing either a Caesarean section or natural birth. ... Full story

Flu-like symptoms in pregnant women could affect baby

Mouse study shows importance of just the right amount of serotonin for fetal brain development ... Full story

Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: folic acid could help to prevent autism

If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits. The administration of folic acid preparations appears to be a suitable means of preventing this serious side-effect. This finding is suggested by a Norwegian study presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Neurology in Copenhagen. ... Full story

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