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  1. C-Section Rates Vary Widely at U.S. Hospitals

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 4 (HealthDay News) -- Some U.S. hospitals have a rate of cesarean deliveries 10 times higher than other hospitals, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from 593 hospitals with at least 100 births in 2009 and found that cesarean rates at the h

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  2. Do You Want to Deliver Your Baby Early?

    The last few weeks of pregnancy are very important for your baby’s development. “For years, we thought babies born at 37 or 38 weeks were fine,” says Scott Berns, MD, deputy medical director of the March of Dimes. But over the last 10 years, experts have learned that’s not true. “Babies born even a

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  3. Caffeine Linked to Low-Birth-Weight Babies

    Feb. 19, 2013 -- New research suggests that caffeine is linked to low-birth-weight babies and that drinking coffee is linked to a longer pregnancy. The report suggests that drinking 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day raised the risk of a baby being born small by between 27% and 62%. Smaller babi

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  4. C-Section, Formula May Not Be Best for Baby's Gut

    By Amanda Gardner HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Being born by cesarean section has been tied to higher risks for various health problems in children, and now a new study finds these babies also have fewer "good" bacteria in their digestive tract. Similarly, babies who were e

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  5. CDC to Pregnant Women: Get Whooping Cough Vaccine

    MONDAY, Jan. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics have released new vaccine guidelines for 2013. One change is a recommendation for women to receive a dose of the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine with each pregnancy. Anot

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  6. Is Natural Birth for You?

    Having a baby is a little like getting married, in the sense that every pregnant woman has a vision of how her labor will unfold. You might picture yourself in a modern hospital delivery room, pain-free and supported by every medical aid available. Or you might envision a more natural scene: giving

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  7. Babies Listen and Learn While in the Womb

    Jan. 3, 2013 -- Sometimes she just tells him about her day. Other times, Ruthie W. rubs her pregnant belly and tells her future son that she can’t wait to meet him (which should be any day now). And a new study shows that he not only hears his mom, but may understand her and is already learning lang

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  8. Antidepressants During Pregnancy: Safe?

    Jan. 1, 2013 -- Antidepressant use during pregnancy, long debated for its safety, is linked with a higher overall risk of stillbirth and newborn death. Now, a new study shows that risk may not be warranted. "After taking maternal characteristics such as smoking and maternal age into account, as well

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  9. 7 Pregnancy Warning Signs

    You may wonder what symptoms during pregnancy warrant immediate medical attention and what symptoms can wait until your next prenatal visit. Always ask your doctor at your visits about your concerns. But keep in mind some symptoms do need swift attention. Bleeding means different things throughout y

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  10. Kate and William Expecting First Baby

    Dec. 3, 2012 -- Prince William and  Catherine Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their first baby. The announcement from St. James's Palace was made earlier than normal because Catherine is in the hospital with an acute form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. She is n

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