Health & Baby News & Features
- How to Find an OB/GYN Supportive of Transgender Pregnancies
November 9, 2022 — Many transgender men and nonbinary people can carry a pregnancy. Here are tips to find an OB/GYN who will offer supportive transgender pregnancy care.
- Giving Birth May Permanently Alter a Mother’s Bones
November 4, 2022 — Motherhood can create changes in the body down to the bone, a new study shows. Female primates who had been pregnant showed lower levels of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous in their bones.
- How Does Stress Affect Pregnancy?
October 26, 2022 — Normal stress is expected during pregnancy, but find help for serious anxiety, which increases the risk of early birth or later problems.
- Study: Moms Eating Ultra-Processed Food Raises Kids’ Obesity Risk
October 7, 2022 — Moms who consume ultra-processed food during pregnancy may contribute to their children being obese or overweight in childhood and adolescence, a new study suggests.
- Mouse Embryo Experiment Could Teach Us About Miscarriages
October 3, 2022 — The experiment, while conducted with mouse stem cells, could help explain why some human pregnancies fail.
- Carrots vs. Kale? It’s No Contest Among Babies, Study Says
September 22, 2022 — Babies in the womb seemed to smile after their mothers ate carrots and scowl after they ate kale, according to a study of about 100 women in England.
- Hospitals Train to Curb Maternal Deaths
August 19, 2022 — The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is the highest among industrialized nations. And it’s three times as common among Black women as in white women in the U.S. Here’s what one New York hospital is doing to train doctors to respond.
- How to Advocate for Yourself as a Pregnant Woman of Color
August 16, 2022 — The maternal mortality rate for Black women in the U.S. is nearly three times higher than it is for white women. If you’re a pregnant Black woman, what can you do to help protect yourself and your baby?
- Pregnancy Complication Ups Dementia Risk, Research Suggests
August 16, 2022 — These disorders include gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. These pregnancy complications have been strongly linked to heart disease in later life, but, until now, few studies have connected these disorders with thinking and memory.
- Women with Fear of Pregnancy Call for Clinician Compassion
July 28, 2022 — Many women with tokophobia -- a pathological fear of pregnancy -- report feeling alone and dismissed by their doctors and peers.
- Late Summer Heat May Bring Increased Risk of Miscarriage
July 15, 2022 — In late August, for example, the risk of losing a pregnancy is 44% higher than in February, according to findings of a recent study.
- Pediatricians Support Breastfeeding for 2 Years
June 29, 2022 — The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents should continue to breastfeed exclusively in their babies’ first six months before solid foods are introduced and now also supports continued breastfeeding for the first 2 years of life.
- More Black Mothers Deliver by Cesarean, Not Always by Choice
June 16, 2022 — Black women are more likely than white women to undergo surgical deliveries, even when their pregnancies are considered low-risk.
- Pregnant Women With Monkeypox Advised to Have C-Section
June 8, 2022 — Pregnant women with monkeypox will be advised to give birth by C-section to avoid infecting their baby during delivery, according to a new paper in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
- Women With High-Risk Pregnancies Could Die if Roe Overturned
June 2, 2022 — Women who are at a higher risk of pregnancy complications or those who have chronic conditions before getting pregnant could be at risk of dying if they can’t get an abortion.
- U.S. Rate for a Dangerous Pregnancy Complication Doubled in 12 Years
May 23, 2022 — The rates of preeclampsia and gestational hypertension — types of high blood pressure during pregnancy — more than doubled.
- Britney Spears Announces a Miscarriage
May 16, 2022 — Britney Spears and her fiancé, Sam Asghari, announced over the weekend that the singer had a miscarriage.
- Pregnant and Have IBD? A GI Doc's Help Can Be Crucial
May 16, 2022 — Women with IBD face several concerns related to their reproductive health decisions, from contraception to pregnancy to delivery. Research shows that IBD and certain drugs can impact fertility and pregnancy and pose risks for preterm birth and small gestational age.
- Baby Formula Shortage Getting Worse
May 3, 2022 — Baby formula shortages are increasing across the U.S., and they are expected to continue the rest of the year.
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting … a Preemie
April 27, 2022 — Handouts and tablets helped parents of preterm infants prepare and dramatically reduced anxiety in a new study.
- Army Updates Policies for Pregnancy, Parental Leave
April 22, 2022 — The Army has updated its policy for parental leave and has now become the only service to give non-birthing parents leave after a miscarriage.
- Prenatal DNA Tests Lead to False Alarms, FDA Warns
April 20, 2022 — The agency said commonly used but unapproved genetic tests frequently give false-positive results, causing needless alarm for expectant parents.
- Significant Shortages of Baby Formula Seen in U.S.
April 8, 2022 — Supply chain problems are to blame and some retailers are now limiting how much baby formula people can buy at one time.
- Report: Failures at U.K. Hospitals Led to 200 Baby Deaths
March 31, 2022 — A review into the care of babies and mothers who died at two UK hospitals found repeated failures in the quality of care and governance spanning two decades.
- Diabetes Drug Metformin Linked to Birth Defects in Boys
March 28, 2022 — Fathers taking the drug to control blood sugar were more likely to have sons with genitourinary anomalies.
- Senate Approves Bill to Ban Crib Bumpers
March 25, 2022 — The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends keeping babies’ cribs free of any objects, including bumpers.
- Does Giving Moms Cash Make Babies Smarter?
March 18, 2022 — New research shows that cash grants to low-income mothers may improve their babies' mental function.
- Are Alternative Birthing Practices a Good Idea?
February 18, 2022 — Practices like water births or placenta eating have not been well-studied and could pose risks to birthing parents and babies.
- Putting the Power of Motherhood in Your Hands
February 1, 2022 — How digital research aims to revolutionize maternal-child health.
- Certain FRIGG Pacifiers Recalled Due to Choking Hazard
January 21, 2022 — About 334,000 baby pacifiers are being recalled because they could cause a choking hazard. Mushie & Co is recalling two designs of its FRIGG silicone pacifiers.
- Breastfeeding May Benefit Moms' Heart Health
January 18, 2022 — A large study in more than 1 million mothers shows breastfeeding was associated with a lower risk of heart disease or stroke, or death from these diseases in later life.
- Deaths Linked to High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy Are Soaring
January 5, 2022 — A new study warns the number of American women with chronic high blood pressure who are dying during and after pregnancy is up sharply.
- FDA Allows Abortion Pill to Stay Available by Mail
December 17, 2021 — Patients will be able to have a telemedicine appointment with a provider who can prescribe the pills and send them to the patient by mail.
- Chemicals in Hair, Beauty Products May Interfere With Hormones During Pregnancy
December 17, 2021 — Past research linked disruptions in pregnancy hormones to an increased risk of problems such as impaired fetal growth, preterm birth and low birth weight.
- Spice in Breast Milk Could Shape Taste Preferences Later
December 10, 2021 — The active ingredient that gives black pepper its distinctive zing makes its way into breast milk at very low concentrations, but possibly just enough for nursing babies to get used to it.
- Pollutants Tied to Changes in Ratio of Boys to Girls Born
December 9, 2021 — New research identifies some factors linked to changes in sex birth ratios and rules out some others.
- Genomic Screening of Healthy Newborns Gets More Popular
December 1, 2021 — But will widespread newborn screening give parents more qualms than comfort? Researchers investigating this question have some early answers.
- Abortion Remains Medically Safe for U.S. Women
November 24, 2021 — Data shows that women who receive abortions also do not suffer any enduring mental or physical health problems.
- More Americans Not Planning to Have Kids, Poll Finds
November 22, 2021 — Birthrates dropped in the U.S. during the pandemic, marking a decline for the sixth year in a row. Fertility rates in the U.S. were already at a record low before the pandemic, the center reported.
- A Little Coffee May Be Healthy in Pregnancy
November 16, 2021 — New research suggests that consuming a little caffeine while expecting might not necessarily be a bad thing.
- Pot Use in Pregnancy May Harm the Fetus
November 16, 2021 — A new study suggests marijuana use in pregnancy may increase your child's risk for stress and anxiety.
- Standing Might Be to Blame for Our Twisted Pelvic Canal
November 15, 2021 — Our complicated birthing process could relate in part to balancing on two legs.
- A Faster, Cheaper Test to Gauge the Risk of Premature Delivery?
November 1, 2021 — Researchers have developed a two-minute test to accurately detect vaginal bacteria associated with preterm birth.
- How Billing Turns a Routine Birth Into a High-Cost Emergency
October 27, 2021 — “Obstetrical emergency departments” are a new feature in some hospitals that can inflate medical bills for even the easiest, healthiest births. Just ask the parents of Baby Gus.
- Indoor Air Pollution Called a Major Culprit in Preterm Births
October 21, 2021 — Much of the air pollution linked to preterm birth and low-birth-weight infants comes from indoor cooking fires, largely in low-income countries, research suggests.
- Baby Cereal Sold at Walmart Recalled for Arsenic Levels
October 13, 2021 — A sample from the three lots, which were sold only at Walmart, tested above the guidance for naturally occurring inorganic arsenic, according to a company announcement on the recall from Maple Island that was posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
- Why Do Black, Hispanic Newborns Face Higher Health Risks?
August 25, 2021 — New research reveals differences in the quality of hospital care contributes to a higher chance of complications for Black and Hispanic newborns compared to white and Asian infants.
- Afghan Woman Gives Birth on U.S. Evacuation Plane
August 23, 2021 — U.S. airmen helped to deliver the baby on the C-17 aircraft. The woman and her baby, whose identities were not revealed, were taken to a nearby medical facility. They’re both in good condition.
- Pandemic May Have Created a 'Baby Bust,' Not Boom
June 23, 2021 — U.S. health officials report the pandemic appears to have triggered a deep drop in the number of births.