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Reproductive & Child Health News

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

3-D Ultrasound Reveals New Fetal Developments
With the advent of three-dimensional ultrasound, clinicians are gaining unparalleled insight into the human body, viewing internal structures and functions with amazing clarity.

Episiotomy Increases Risk of Anal Incontinence
Women who undergo episiotomy during childbirth have higher rates of anal incontinence during the first six months after giving birth, compared to women who did not have episiotomies and those who experienced perineal tearing, report researchers in this week's British Medical Journal.

Male Unemployment Can Affect Baby's Birth Weight
Unemployment among adult males may have an indirect and overlooked social cost, according to a study that linked early delivery, low birth weight, and health problems in infants with stress resulting from unemployment.

Emergency Delivery Procedures Cause Women to Fear Second Childbirth
A woman is much more likely to be fearful of vaginal delivery during her second pregnancy if an emergency procedure is necessary during her first childbirth experience, report Finnish researchers.

Heavier Moms Get More Cesareans
The more obese a pregnant woman is at the time of delivery, the more likely her baby will be delivered by Cesarean section, according to a study by obstetric anesthesiologists at Duke University Medical Center.

Alcohol May Harm Your Baby's Brain
Mothers who drink alcohol risk harming their baby's development. What is not known is how much, if any, alcohol is acceptable during pregnancy.

Link Possible Between Down Syndrome and Maternal Folic Acid
Down Syndrome occurs in about one in every 700 live births, and now a study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration's National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) suggests a reason why this condition might occur.

Genetic Mutation Linked to Some Cases of SIDS
Researchers have reported findings suggesting that a rare genetic mutation may play a role in some cases of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Mother's Self Esteem Effects Pregnancy Outcome
A new study suggests that pregnant women with high self-esteem are more likely to give birth to healthy, normal birthweight babies, compared to those with low self-esteem.

Antidepressant Use in Mothers Will Not Harm Breastfed Infants
A new study suggests that postpartum initiation of antidepressant therapy in mothers is safe for infants who are breastfed.

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer
A new study indicates that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Binge Drinking Early in Pregnancy Increases Baby's Risk for Cleft Palate
A new study suggests that binge drinking during the first trimester of pregnancy raises the risk of having a baby with a cleft palate or lip.

Placental Abnormalities Linked to SIDS Risk
A new study suggests that placental abnormalities during pregnancy may be linked to the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)

Disorders Linked to Abdominal Trauma During Pregnancy
A recent report suggests that trauma to the abdomen in pregnant women may be a cause of cerebral palsy and epilepsy in newborns.

Mother's Lack of Vitamin B has Lifelong Consequences For Baby
A new report suggests that choline intake during pregnancy may have a permanent effect on the development of learning and memory centers in the fetal and infant brain.

Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects
A new study concludes that pregnant women who are exposed to organic solvents on the job are at significantly increased risk of giving birth to a child with fetal malformations.

Beware: Infection Associated with Exposure to Children Increases Risk of Miscarriage
A new study suggests that pregnant women who spend time with young children have an increased risk of infection with parvovirus B19, which has been linked previously to an increased risk of miscarriage.

Breastfeeding May Lower Risk for Leukemia in Children
A recent study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis appears to support current recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourage women to breastfeed their newborns for at the least the first year of life. Smaller studies have suggested that breastfeeding might lower a child's risk for developing childhood Hodgkin's disease and lymphoma, but this larger study is the first to identify a statistically significant connection between breastfeeding and leukemia.

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