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    1. More Women Having Babies at Home or Birth Centers

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More women in the United States are choosing to deliver their babies at home or in birth centers, a new study indicates. In 2014, nearly 60,000 babies were born outside a hospital, the researchers said. While that is

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    2. Pre-Pregnancy Stress May Affect Baby's Size

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stress hormone levels before pregnancy may affect a woman's risk of having a low birth weight baby, a new study suggests. Typically, levels of the stress hormone cortisol are high when you wake up in the morning and decl

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    3. Postpartum Depression May Mean Fewer Children

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who've had postpartum depression may not have more than two children, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data from more than 300 mothers born in the early to mid-20th century. Most of them lived in developed

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    4. Repeat C-Sections May Not Harm Baby's Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There appears to be little increased risk to a child's health if a woman has a planned cesarean delivery after a prior C-section, a new study out of Scotland finds. Still, C-section does come with risks, experts noted, a

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    5. Lack of Stem Cells: Key to Repeat Miscarriages?

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A lack of stem cells in the lining of the uterus may cause recurrent miscarriages, a new study suggests. "We have discovered that the lining of the womb in the recurrent miscarriage patients we studied is already defectiv

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    6. Uterus Transplant Recipient: Operation ‘a Gift’

      (Editor's note: The Cleveland Clinic said on March 9 that Lindsey "experienced a sudden complication that led to the removal of her transplanted uterus." The clinical trial is ongoing.) March 7, 2016 -- A 26-year-old woman who received a donor uterus in the first U.S. uterine transplant says she con

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    7. Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk

      By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Contrary to longstanding concerns, pregnant older women who have their labor induced near their due date may not face an increased risk of needing a cesarean section, a new clinical trial suggests. British researchers foun

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    8. 4 Myths About Miscarriages

      When Christopher Blake's wife got pregnant for the first time, the couple didn't read up on anything that could go wrong. "We were afraid we would 'jinx' the pregnancy," he recalls. So when his wife had a miscarriage, they felt completely unprepared. The second time she got pregnant, they did the op

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    9. Urinary Incontinence Risk Up After Vaginal Birth

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women who give birth vaginally are slightly more likely to develop urinary incontinence afterward compared to women who have cesarean sections, according to Finnish researchers. However, experts in the United States stress

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    10. 'Preemie' Babies May Face Long-Term Anesthesia Risks

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Children born prematurely may be at risk for complications from anesthesia and sedation at least into young adulthood, a new study suggests. "Perhaps we should look at these children differently and provide different car

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