prenatal

Preterm birth rate in The United States rises for the first time in eight years

Preterm birth rate in The United States rises for the first time in eight years

Preterm birth rates in the United States rose slightly for the first time in the past eight years to 9.63% — and the more disturbing trend is widening disparities between races and ethnicities. The

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Ten things you DON’T need to buy for your new baby

Ten things you DON'T need to buy for your new baby

“How can one tiny baby possibly need all of this stuff?” It’s a question new parents usually ask themselves as they stock up with countless purchases to accommodate the arrival of their

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Doula-assisted birth results in fewer C-sections, reduced costs, happier moms and healthier babies

Doula-assisted birth results in fewer C-sections, reduced costs, happier moms and healthier babies

A new study makes a strong case for doula-assisted birth, as having the support of a doula during labor and delivery is shown to result in fewer preterm births, fewer Cesarean births, and more satisfied

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Brazil warns citizens not to get pregnant, due to mosquito-borne virus that causes newborn brain disorder

Brazil warns citizens not to get pregnant, due to mosquito-borne virus that causes newborn brain disorder

Deciding just the right time to get pregnant can be a complicated equation, impacted by physical, mental, and professional considerations. For Brazilian families, the time to procreate, at least

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The Birth Stories is a supportive new group in LA where mothers can share their birthing experiences

The Birth Stories is a supportive new group in LA where mothers can share their birthing experiences

The Birth Stories is a community based in Venice, California, initiated by three doulas: Paula Mallis, Vanessa Halby and Kate Danson. It offers monthly meetings for birth story circles, as well as

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“The Man with the Golden Arm” has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

"The Man with the Golden Arm" has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

When James Harrison was just 14 years-old, he received a life-saving blood transfusion during an invasive chest surgery. His father, a blood donor, encouraged him to pay it forward when he was old enough

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Mother’s exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter’s risk of breast cancer

Mother's exposure to DDT while pregnant linked to fourfold increase in daughter's risk of breast cancer

The use of DDT has been banned in the United States for over forty years, but its toxic effects continue to run rampant. A study utilizing blood samples of pregnant women from fifty years ago found that

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Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Exercise during pregnancy lowers risk of C-section & high birth weight for baby

Most moms-to-be have likely heard about the benefits of exercising during pregnancy in terms of keeping their own weight in check and avoiding birth complications, but now a new study shows that prenatal

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This is the world’s first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

This is the world's first baby born via a breakthrough IVF treatment which uses stem cells

Last month, in Toronto, Canada, the very first baby to be conceived with the help of a stem cell-dependent in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment was born. Little Zain Rajani has been making headlines

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Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Chemicals used in cookware, food wrappers and outdoor clothing may increase risk of miscarriage

Perfluorinated alkylated substances (pdf) (PFAS) (the new generation of PFCs – replacements for chemicals once used to make Teflon and Scotchgard) are already linked to some negative health

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Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

Gestational diabetes linked to slightly higher risk of autism in children

Thus far, information about the association between maternal diabetes and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) has been limited, so recently a group of researchers decided to find out what, if any links

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High-definition ultrasound scans show how fetuses react to mom smoking cigarettes

High-definition ultrasound scans show how fetuses react to mom smoking cigarettes

Image: 4D scans showing a sequence of movements displayed by two fetuses at 32 weeks gestation. The image shows fetal movements in a fetus whose mother is a smoker (top) and a fetus whose mother is a

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Vodafone rolls out stellar global policy, giving moms 16 weeks maternity leave with full pay –  even in the U.S.A.

Vodafone rolls out stellar global policy, giving moms 16 weeks maternity leave with full pay - even in the U.S.A.

The telecoms group Vodafone is currently in the process of initiating an awesome global policy on maternity benefits, even in places they’re not required to do so legally, such as the United

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BPA alternative linked to hyperactivity & abnormal brain cell development

BPA alternative linked to hyperactivity & abnormal brain cell development

The most common chemical used as an alternative to bisphenol-A (BPA) products could be just as bad for humans as BPA itself. A new study by the University of Calgary shows that bisphenol-S (BPS) is also

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New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

New Study Says Preeclampsia May Be Caused by the Fetus, Not the Placenta

If you’re pregnant or have had a baby, you’ve likely heard of preeclampsia, a harmful and sometimes deadly condition affecting pregnant women. In the past, it’s been thought that

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Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

Mothers Who Live in Greener Neighborhoods are More Likely to Have Better Birth Outcomes

New research out of Oregon State University (OSU) shows that moms who live in greener neighborhoods may have better birth outcomes. The OSU researchers, who also worked on this study with researchers at

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New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

New Solar-Powered Mobile Technology Helps Prevent Prenatal Deaths in India

According to Quartz, millions of Indians have limited to zero access to hospitals or clinical laboratories. Clearly this poses a huge problem for the population, but women especially, and more

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Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

Study Finds Babies Born to Healthy Mothers are Extremely Similar in Size Worldwide

In the past, researchers have suggested that ‘race’ and ‘ethnicity’ are the two factors most largely responsible for the vast differences in the size of babies born in

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