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U.S. birth rates continue to drop as age of new moms rises

(HealthDay)—American women are having fewer children, and they’re having them later in life, a new government report shows. “Overall, we saw continuing decreasing trends in total fertility,” said report author Danielle Ely, a health statistician at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

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Preterm birth: The ‘Nodal’ gene under the microscope

Preterm birth is a major global public health problem. Every year, 15 million babies are born prematurely and many will suffer from neurodegenerative disorders, including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, impaired vision, and behavioural problems. Premature delivery (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is induced by contractions in the expectant mother but causes behind this mechanism remain […]

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Newborns’ Immune Systems Ramp Up After Birth

FRIDAY, Aug. 24, 2018 — A baby’s immune system kicks into high gear immediately after birth, a new study finds. Changes in a newborn’s immune system have been difficult to assess because doing so has relied on samples taken from the umbilical cord immediately after birth. In this study, researchers used a new immune cell […]

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Number of Opioid-Addicted Women Giving Birth Quadruples

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 — The number of pregnant women addicted to opioids as they give birth has more than quadrupled since 1999, a disturbing new report shows. In 2014, for every 1,000 hospital deliveries, 6.5 were mothers who arrived at the hospital with opioid use disorder, up from 1.5 per 1,000 in 1999, the […]

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To Combat Childhood Obesity, Start at Birth, or Even Before

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 — Efforts to prevent childhood obesity probably should begin at birth to have any hope of success, according to new results from a pair of clinical trials. First-time moms taught good nutrition strategies during their baby’s first year wound up with 3-year-olds who were less likely to be overweight or obese, […]

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Snezana Markoski And Sam Wood Have Welcomed Their First Child

Snezana Markoski and Sam Wood have announced the birth of their first child together, a healthy baby girl. The former Bachelor stars shared the news on social media today, revealing they’ve named their gorgeous bub Willow Wendy Wood. Sam shared a video with his ’28 by Sam Wood Member Community’ writing: “Good morning 28 family. I apologise for being […]

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Facebook Doesn’t Want You To See This Incredible Birthing Photo

Julie Bell, a registered nurse, certified doula and herbalist, shared a photo of a newborn baby resting on his mother’s chest, and when doing so she didn’t even question whether or not to post the remarkable photo to Facebook.  We are dead-set serious about challenging the double standard on social media, discriminating against normal birth, breastfeeding […]