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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Antidepressants in Pregnancy Tied to Slight Risk of Lung Disorder in Babies

      By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking certain antidepressants in late pregnancy more than doubles the odds of a lung complication in newborns, a new review says. Fortunately, the study also found that the absolute risk of the complication -- known as

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    8. 'Teen Mom' Shows May Have Cut Teen Pregnancy Rate

      Two television series that follow teen girls through pregnancy, delivery and early motherhood may have prevented more than 20,000 births to American teens in 2010, according to a new study. It concluded that "16 and Pregnant" and a spinoff called "Teen Mom" reduced the U.S. teen birth rate by nearly

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    9. Premature 'Water Breaking' During Pregnancy Linked to Bacteria

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High levels of bacteria are associated with water breaking prematurely in pregnant women, a new study indicates. Researchers arrived at their findings by analyzing samples of amniotic sacs (fetal membranes) from 48 women

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    10. Study Weighs Safety of Epilepsy Drugs in Pregnancy

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's long been concern that certain drugs taken to control seizures might be unsafe for use by pregnant women, due to potential effects on the fetus. Now, new British research suggests that the drug levetiracetam does

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