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  1. C-Sections Not Always Best for Small Babies

    Feb. 9, 2012 -- Babies in the womb who are smaller than they should be have higher rates of breathing problems when delivered early by C-section vs. similar babies who are born vaginally, a new study shows. In the past, obstetricians have often chosen to deliver a baby by C-section if a baby is not

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  2. Home Births on the Rise

    Jan. 26, 2012 -- Are home births in again? Home births declined from 1990 to 2004, but jumped by 29% from 2004 to 2009. Even with this increase, the overall percentage of women giving birth at home remains low. In 2004, 0.56% of births occurred at home, and 0.72% in 2009. “This is a fairly rapid inc

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  3. Asthma Drugs in Pregnancy Linked to Slight Risk of Rare Birth Defects

    Jan. 17, 2012 -- New research provides some reassuring news for many pregnant women who have asthma. Treating your asthma during pregnancy most likely does not increase your baby’s risk for most major birth defects, a new study shows. There was, however, a small increased risk for certain rare birth

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  4. Certain Antidepressants May Raise Lung Condition Risk in Newborns

    Jan. 12, 2012 -- Pregnant women who use certain popular antidepressants may have a twofold increased risk for delivering babies with a rare but serious lung disorder, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed national registry data from 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries in an effort to deter

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  5. U.S. Twin Birth Rate at All-Time High

    Jan. 4, 2012 -- More pregnant women are getting more than they may have expected, according to a report on 30-year trends in twin births. In 2009, 1 in every 30 babies born in the United States was a twin, compared with 1 in every 53 babies in 1980, according to the “Data Brief” from the CDC’s Natio

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  6. Smoking During Pregnancy May Damage Children's Blood Vessels

    Dec. 26, 2011 -- If women didn’t already have enough reasons to quit smoking before pregnancy, here’s a big one: Smoking during pregnancy may set their child up for blood vessel damage, a new study shows. Dutch scientists enrolled more than 250 children. When the children were 4 weeks old, their bod

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  7. Hormone Treatment May Drastically Reduce Preterm Births

    Dec. 14, 2011 -- A new finding may help many of the millions of women around the world at risk for premature birth. The hormone progesterone, when given vaginally, reduced preterm birth by 42% in women at risk of premature delivery due to a short cervix, a new analysis shows. The cervix is the lower

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  8. Some of World's Tiniest Preemies Are Growing Up Healthy

    Dec. 12, 2011 -- Against heavy odds, the world's tiniest and the fourth-smallest surviving infants have had normal childhood development, a new study shows, although the girls’ heights and weights still lag behind other kids the same age. Little information is available to doctors and parents on how

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  9. Studies Identify Stillbirth Risk Factors, Causes

    Dec. 13, 2011 -- Although many risk factors for stillbirth are out of a woman's control, others can be changed to help lower risk, new research shows. The cause of death can be identified for many stillbirths, researchers have also found. That can help parents heal. "The good news is, a lot of the r

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  10. Eating Rice May Raise Arsenic Levels

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- On the heels of new revelations about arsenic in grape and apple juice, a new study shows that rice may be a significant source of arsenic in the diets of pregnant women. Exposure during pregnancy is a concern, experts say, because arsenic is able to cross the placenta and may harm a

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