Health News

Polyamorous families face stigma during pregnancy and birth

Polyamorous families experience marginalization during pregnancy and birth, but with open, nonjudgmental attitudes from health care providers and changes to hospital policies, this can be reduced, found new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). An estimated 1 in 5 single Americans have engaged in consensual polyamory, or consensual nonmonogamy, and interest in these types […]

Health Problems

Stress during pregnancy may affect baby’s sex, risk of preterm birth

It’s becoming well established that maternal stress during pregnancy can affect fetal and child development as well as birth outcomes, and a new study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian now identifies the types of physical and psychological stress that may matter most. The study was published online […]

Health Problems

Defective cilia linked to heart valve birth defects

Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common heart valve birth defect and one of the most common birth defects of any type, affecting around 70 million people worldwide. A healthy aortic valve has three leaflets; in BAV disease, two of the leaflets are fused together, impairing the function of the valve. In many individuals […]

Kids Health

Yelp Wants to Tell You Where to Give Birth

We’ve all scanned Yelp when we’re trying to pick a restaurant or a hotel, but it probably hasn’t occurred to you to rely on the crowd-sourced review forum when it’s time to make the important decision of the best hospital to deliver a baby. But starting today, Yelp has added maternity care metrics — starting […]

Kids Health

Here's Why I'm Giving Birth Across an Ocean From My Home

I’ve always prided myself on being pretty self-sufficient. I moved to New York from the U.K. in my early 20s to pursue artistic endeavors and now, nine years later, I’m still here — married and pregnant. And I’m glad I’m about to give birth thousands of miles away from home. Although plenty of people — […]

Health News

This 50-Year-Old Grandmother Had No Idea She Was Pregnant Until Two Months Before She Gave Birth

Imagine being told as a 50-year-old woman that you’ve officially entered menopause, only to learn a few months later that—surprise!—you’re pregnant. And if that’s not already shocking enough, the cherry on the cake is that you’re 26 weeks along and only have two months to prepare to bring a newborn into the world. Congratulations! Wait, what? According to Naples Daily […]

Health News

Scientists gain new insight on triggers for preterm birth

A group of scientists led by Ramkumar Menon at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have gained new insight on a poorly-understood key player in the timing of labor and delivery. This new information brings scientists closer to being able to prevent preterm births. This study is in Scientific Reports. According to the […]