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Reproductive & Child Health News

Keep informed concerning the latest in reproductive and child health news . . .

Abstaining From Alcohol During Pregnancy Still The Best Choice For Baby - From MotherToBaby.org, January 7, 2014

Anti-HIV Drugs in Pregnancy Not Linked to Children's Language Delays ~ From National Institute for Health, July 18, 2013

New Fetal Test Spares Pregnant Moms the Risks of Amniocentesis ~ From Globe Newswire, April 3, 2013

Anti-HIV Drug Use During Pregnancy Does Not Affect Infant Size, Birth Weight ~ From National Institute for Health, May 1, 2012

NIH Study Finds Women Spend Longer in Labor Now Than 50 Years Ago ~ From National Institute for Health, April 2, 2012

Progesterone Reduces Rate of Early Preterm Birth in at Risk Women ~ NIH study finds progesterone benefits women with short cervix. From National Institute for Health, April 6, 2011

New Drug Regimens Cut HIV Spread From Mother to Infant ~ From National Institute for Health, March 2, 2011

CPSC Approves Strong New Crib Safety Standards To Ensure a Safe Sleep for Babies and Toddlers ~ From the Consumer Product Safety Commission, December 17, 2010

Toddlers with Autism Show Improved Social Skills Following Targeted Intervention, Finds NIH-Supported Study ~ From the National Institute of Mental Health, December 8, 2010

NIH Alerts Caregivers to Increase in SIDS Risk During Cold Weather ~ From the National Institute for Health, November 2, 2010

Study: Moms' favoritism tied to depressive symptoms in grown children ~ From Cornell University, June 24, 2010

VBAC Reasonably Safe, Should Be More Widely Available, NIH Panel Finds ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, March 12, 2010

Panel Questions "VBAC Bans," Advocates Expanded Delivery Options for Women ~ a news report from the National Institutes of Health, March 10, 2010

Out-of-Hospital Births Increase After 15-Year Decline, Government Report States ~ a news release from >National Partnership for Women & Families, March 5, 2010

Gestational Diabetes Risk Tied to First-Trimester Weight Gain, Study Finds ~ From The National Partnership for Women & Families, February 25, 2010

Preventing Obesity Begins at Birth through Breastfeeding - From US Breastfeeding Committee, February 2010

NIH Scientists Identify Maternal and Fetal Genes that Increase Preterm Birth Risk - Findings Support View of Preterm Labor As Immune Response to Infection or Injury ~ From NIH, February 4, 2010

Uterine Infection in Pregnant Women Linked With Asthma in Preterm Infants ~ From The National Partnership for Women & Families, February 3, 2010

Avoiding Food, Drink During Labor Holds 'No Benefit' for Women, Review Says ~ From The National Partnership for Women & Families, January 27, 2010

New Canadian Standards Reignite Debate Over Vaginal Delivery of Breech Fetuses ~ From The National Partnership for Women & Families, January 6, 2010

Initial Results Show Pregnant Women Mount Strong Immune Response to One Dose of 2009 H1N1 Flu Vaccine ~ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases News Release, November 2, 2009

Treating Even Mild Gestational Diabetes Reduces Birth Complications - Study Shows Clear Benefits for Infants and Mothersh ~ From The National Institutes of Health (NIH), September 2009

Breastfeeding and Swine Flu - CDC news release, July 2009

Women Who Quit Smoking Early in Pregnancy Reduce Risks of Preterm Birth, Stunted Fetal Growth ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, July 2009

>News: Birth Defects of the Kidney Explained in New NIDDK Fact Sheets - NIH news release, May 2009

Researchers Identify Key Proteins Needed for Ovulation: Study Reveals Essential Step in Female Reproductive Process - NIH news release, May 2009

What Pregnant Women Should Know About H1N1 (formerly called swine flu) Virus - CDC news release, May 2009

Los Angeles Times Examines Popularity of C-Sections in U.S. - From National Partnership for Women & Families, May 2009

Breastfeeding Linked to Better Health for Mothers, Study Finds - From National Partnership for Women & Families, April 2009

USA Today Examines New IVF Technique That Reduces Risk of Multiple Births - From National Partnership for Women & Families, March 2009

Fertility Drugs Not Associated With Increased Risk of Ovarian Cancer, Study Says - From National Partnership for Women & Families, February 2009

Elective C-Sections Before 39 Weeks Associated With Increased Risks to Infants, Study Says ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, January 2009

IVF Cannot Counteract Age-Related Loss of Fertility in Women Older Than Age 40 ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, January 2009

Prenatal Blood Testing Could Detect Fetal Disorders ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, November 2008

Reuters Examines New C-Section Procedure That Incorporates Aspects of Vaginal Births ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, September 2008

Boston Globe Examines Debate Concerning Usefulness, Expense of Storing Umbilical Cord Blood ~ From National Partnership for Women & Families, August 2008

Common Treatment to Delay Labor Decreases Preterm Infants' Risk for Cerebral Palsy ~ NIH, August 2008

Common Mechanisms May Underlie Autism's Seemingly Diverse Mutations ~ NIH, July 2008

NIH Study Reveals Factors That Influence Premature Infant Survival, Disability, From NIH, April 2008

News: Avoid Fetal "Keepsake" Images, Heartbeat Monitors ~ FDA, March 2008

Breast Milk Associated With Greater Mental Development in Preterm Infants, Fewer Re-hospitalizations, From NIH, October 2007

Studies Link Depression to Smoking During Pregnancy, AP/Yahoo! News Reports ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, September 2007

Obesity Before Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Weight Problems ~ NIH, December 2005

Combination of Tests Can Detect Down Syndrome During First Trimester, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, November 2005

Moderate Aerobic Exercise Helps Overweight Pregnant Women Get Fit, Reduce Risk of Pregnancy-Related Problems, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, August 2005

More Than One-Quarter of NYC Births in 2003 Were C-Sections, Public Advocate Report Says; Findings Reflect National Trend ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, July 2005

Hormonal Contraceptives Cause Some Women To Experience Diminished Sex Drive After Cessation, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, June 2005

CDC Study Confirms Significant Amount of Children Are Not Receiving Proper Vision Care ~ May 2005

Philadelphia Inquirer Examines Increase in Percentage of Births by C-Section in United States ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, March 2005

Washington Post Examines Risks Associated With Being Overweight, Obese During Pregnancy ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, February 2005

U.S. Surgeon General Releases Advisory on Alcohol Use in Pregnancy ~ HHS Press Office, February 2005

Women Receiving Epidural Early in Labor No More Likely To Have C-Section Than Women Receiving Epidural Later, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, February 2005

Pregnancy More Likely Among Overweight Women Taking Oral Contraceptives Than in Thinner Women, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, January 2005

USA Today Examines Rising U.S. C-Section Rate, Changing Rate of Vaginal Birth After Caesarean ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, December 2004

Birth Control Pill Reduces Risk of Heart Disease, Stroke, Some Cancers, Federal Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, October, 2004

Inducing Labor Before 39 Weeks Gestation Increases Risk of Delivery Complications, Health Problems Among Infants, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, October, 2004

C-Sections More Likely for Women Who Gain Excessive Weight During Pregnancy, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, October, 2004

Episiotomies Do Not Reduce Risk of Injury to Infants During Complicated Childbirth, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, October 6, 2004

Detroit Free Press Examines Increased Incidence of C-Sections, Decline in VBAC Procedures

Delaying Birth of Premature Infants May Prevent Brain Damage, Disabilities, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, August 9, 2004

Wall Street Journal Examines Rising Popularity of Intrauterine Devices ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, August 4, 2004

Blood Test for Certain Proteins Could Lead to Earlier Uterine Infection Diagnoses Among Pregnant Women, Fewer Preterm Births, Study Says ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, July 29, 2004

Risk of Pregnancy After Vasectomy About 1%, Study Says; Greatest Risk Within Three Months Following Procedure ~ From KaiserNetwork.Org, May 21, 2004

Research shows that a doctor's advice to breastfeed, early return to work, and other factors influence continued breastfeeding ~ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Research Activities Online Newsletter, October, 2003

FDA, J&J Warn Consumers About Counterfeit Contraceptive Patches ~ FDA Press Release, February 4, 2004

Episiotomy During Delivery More Common Among Private Obstetricians Than at Teaching Hospitals, Study Says ~ January 5, 2004

Women With Continuous Labor Support Less Likely To Undergo C-Section, Require Pain Medication ~ September 2003

Later admission in labor and collaborative care increase spontaneous vaginal delivery in low-risk women ~ August 2003

Low Estrogen Oral Contraceptives Do Not Increase Risk of Stroke, Study Says ~ KaiserNetwork.org, June 17, 2003

Emergency Contraception Effective Up to 120 Hours After Unprotected Sex, Study Says ~ KaiserNetwork.org, June 3, 2003

Pharmacia Corporation Announces Voluntary Recall of Lunelle Monthly Contraceptive Injection ~ FDA Press Release, October 10, 2002

Bone Loss in Depo-Provera Users Largely Reversible ~ NIH News Release, September 6, 2002

Study Finds No Association Between Oral Contraceptive Use and Breast Cancer For Women 35 and Over ~ NIH Press Release

Epidural Pain Relief During Labor Does Not Increase Chance of C-Section ~ August 2001 Mutation Causes Dangerously High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
A single mutation in a protein that regulates the body's salt balance can produce dangerously high blood pressure in pregnant women . . .

Caffeine Ok During Pregnancy
Questions about the safety of caffeine consumption for pregnant women occur from time-to-time.

Better for Details than Fetal Ultrasound
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is now being used as a follow-up to provide more information about fetal abnormalities suspected in ultrasound exams . . .

Fetal Surgery Corrects Birth Defect
Performing neurosurgery on fetuses months before birth can dramatically reverse a potentially devastating nervous system condition that occurs in severe forms of the birth defect spina bifida.

Low-dose Folic Acid Prevents Birth Defect
In a study conducted in China, almost 130,000 women who took a folic acid supplement (0.4 mg per day) before becoming pregnant and during the first trimester had a 40 to 85 percent reduced risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect (NTD).

Damage That Causes Cerebral Palsy May Occur Before Birth
Experts have long thought that depriving the fetus of oxygen during childbirth is the main cause of cerebral palsy, but an extensive review of medical literature by an international task force of physicians and other health professionals reveals otherwise.

Folic Acid Essential for All Women of Childbearing Age
It's been known for some time that folic acid prevents birth defects, but researchers from the University of Nebraska Medical Center have completed research that helps to explain exactly how this occurs.

Does Your Nutrition Affect Baby's Birthweight?
Maternal nutrition and smoking were investigated to find out what effects, if any, they have on the baby's birthweight and the size of the placenta.

Moderate Weight Loss Allowed for Overweight Breastfeeding Moms
If you're overweight and breastfeeding, it may be okay to lose some weight. A new study shows that it is safe to lose weight on a sensible weight loss program, without presenting any risk to breast fed infants.

Study Results Show Paxil Safe for Use by Breastfeeding Mothers with Depression
A new study shows that breastfed infants of mothers taking the antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine) had no detectable traces of the medication in their blood, and experienced no adverse effects of the drug.

Prevnar: A New Vaccine for Pneumococcal Infections in Infants and Toddlers
Each year in the US, there are about 16,000 cases of pneumococcal bacteremia and 1,400 cases of pneumococcal meningitis among children under age 5. Prevnar is a new vaccine indicated for the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease in infants and toddlers.

Pregnancy Doesn't Cure Migraines
Despite the high levels of estrogen during pregnancy, most women who suffer from severe headaches still get them when pregnant . . .

Elevated HCG Levels Not Likely to Cause Pregnancy Complications
New research from Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, California, contradicts the results of previous studies and states that elevated levels of HCG are of little clinical value in determining the outcome of a pregnancy . . .

Severe Morning Sickness Could Indicate 'It's Girl'
A woman may be able to predict her baby's sex just by the way she's feeling.

Unnecessary C-Sections Common in Wealthy Latin Americans
A new study has revealed that Latin American women have a very high rate of caesarean delivery.

Link Found Between Food and Miscarriage
Pregnant women should avoid soft cheeses and certain meats to avoid possible miscarriage or birth defects, a consumer group warns.

Size of Newborn May Determine Heart Health
Poor prenatal nutrition and smaller-than-average size may be predictors of coronary heart disease, according to a study by researchers in Finland.



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