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    1. Guidelines to Lower C-Section Rates

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two major medical groups representing America's obstetricians/gynecologists issued joint guidelines on Wednesday aimed at curbing the overuse of cesarean sections in first-time mothers. One major change: Extending the l

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    2. Preemie Birth Tied to Higher Insulin Levels in Kids

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Based on tests of newborns and young children, a new study suggests that premature babies could face a higher risk of diabetes much later in life. The findings don't confirm a connection between premature birth and diabet

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    3. Low Vitamin D, Risk for Birth Complication?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Vitamin D deficiency during the first 26 weeks of pregnancy may raise an expectant mother's risk of developing a severe form of high blood pressure called preeclampsia, a new study suggests. In what they termed one of the

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    4. Expectant Mothers' Colds May Affect Baby

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The more colds and other viral infections a woman has during pregnancy, the more likely her child is to have asthma, researchers report. The new study included 513 pregnant women in Germany and their 526 babies. The mother

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    5. Babies Born to Moms Over 35 and Lower Risk of This

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women in their late 30s or 40s are often told that the odds of delivering a baby with a birth defect rises with age. But a new study suggests that the opposite may be true when it comes to certain types of physical abnormal

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    6. NSAIDs Won't Raise Miscarriage Risk: Study

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pain relievers from the class of medications known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) won't increase a pregnant woman's risk of miscarriage, according to a new study. Over-the-counter NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen

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    7. Home Births Tied to Higher Infant Death Rates

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of pregnant women who elect to deliver their baby at home is increasing, but home delivery can lead to problems, researchers say. The risk of a baby dying is nearly four times higher when delivered by a midwife

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    8. First Trimester Appears Crucial for Baby's Heart Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who were small during the early stages of fetal development may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that the first three months of pregnancy may be a crucial period

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    9. First-Time Cesarean Rates Dipped in 2012: CDC

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to curb cesarean birth rates in the United States might be working, with health officials reporting a 2 percent decline in the number of first-time surgical deliveries between 2009 and 2012. Cesarean delivery r

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    10. Having a Baby? Price Tag for Delivery Varies Widely

      By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The bill for delivering a healthy baby varies enormously among California hospitals, with new mothers facing cost differences of 8- to 10-fold depending on the hospital where they end up giving birth. California women

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