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  1. Home Births on the Rise in the U.S.

    May 20, 2011 -- The number of women in the U.S. who gave birth at home rose 20% between 2004 and 2008, a new study shows. Although home births represent only a fraction of the millions of babies delivered in the U.S. each year, researchers say the bump is significant because it follows a steady, 15-

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  2. Dietary Supplement May Help Prevent Preeclampsia

    May 19, 2011 -- An inexpensive dietary supplement appears to help prevent the serious pregnancy complication preeclampsia in high-risk women, according to a new study. But researchers say the effect in lower-risk pregnancies remains to be determined. In the study from Mexico, women who ate daily foo

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  3. Diabetes, Hypertension, Obesity Linked to Autism

    May 11, 2011 (San Diego) -- Women who have diabetes, high blood pressure, or are obese before pregnancy are more likely to have a child with autism, according to new research. "For mothers with at least one of these conditions, there was a 60% increased risk for autism in the offspring," says Irva H

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  4. Pesticide Exposure in Womb Linked to Lower IQ

    April 21, 2011 -- Children exposed to pesticides in the womb are more likely to have measurable problems with intelligence, memory, and attention, three new studies show. The pesticides in question, a class of chemicals called organophosphates, have long concerned both scientists and regulators beca

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  5. High C-Section Rates Aren’t Linked to Healthier Babies

    April 15, 2011 -- High rates of induction of labor and/or cesarean section delivery in low-risk pregnant women may not necessarily lead to healthier newborns, a study shows. The study is published in the April issue of the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine. “Whether a hospital had high

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  6. Omega-3s May Cut Risk of Postpartum Depression

    April 11, 2011 -- Eating fatty fish or other foods rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy may help lower your risk of developing symptoms commonly seen in postpartum depression, a small study suggests. The findings are slated for presentation at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in

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  7. Obesity in Pregnancy May Raise Infant Death Risk

    April 7, 2011 -- Babies born to obese moms appear to have an increased risk of dying before birth, at delivery, and during their first year of life, according to a new study. Maternal obesity during early pregnancy was found to double a baby’s risk for death before delivery and up to one year after

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  8. Progesterone Gel Reduces Risk of Early Preterm Birth

    April 6, 2011 -- Progesterone gel may reduce the chances of early preterm birth in some women who are considered high risk, according to new research in Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Babies born too early are at risk for many health problems, including breathing difficulty, blindness, dea

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  9. Family Trend? 2 Kids, Different Dads

    April 1, 2011 -- Many women in the U.S. have children by more than one man, a new study shows. Among women with two or more children, more than one in four -- 28% -- had different partners when they conceived the children. ''This is more common than we expected," says researcher Cassandra Dorius, Ph

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  10. FDA: Pharmacies Can Still Make Preterm Birth Drug

    March 30, 2011 -- Pharmacies can continue to make and sell inexpensive, generic versions of the premature birth drug Makena, the FDA said today. KV Pharmaceuticals recently won FDA approval of its brand-name Makena (hydroxyprogesterone caproate), a synthetic form of the hormone progesterone. The dru

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