Pregnancy

These things may increase C-section infections

These things could increase C-section infections

Having a prior cesarean section (C-section), smoking, illicit drug use, and obesity increase the likelihood of developing an infection during a C-section delivery, according...
Freer sex and family planning

Freer sex and family planning: a short history of the contraceptive pill

Since the oral contraceptive pill appeared on the market almost 60 years ago, it has been the preferred form of birth control for millions...
Why pregnant women with depression often slip through the crack

Why pregnant women with depression often slip through the crack

Judy’s first pregnancy was planned, and she was looking forward to having a baby. Yet, halfway through the pregnancy, something changed. She began to feel...

Mom’s voice could help babies sleep better in the NICU

Infants in the NICU were more likely to stay asleep during recordings of their mothers reading, finds new research. Babies who spend their first days...
Mother's attitude during pregnancy could affect child's development

Mother’s attitude during pregnancy could affect child’s development

Mothers who 'connect' with their baby during pregnancy are more likely to interact in a more positive way with their infant after it is...
Fetal immune system rejects the mother in preterm labor

Fetal immune system rejects the mother in preterm labor

Preterm labor, a common pregnancy complication, has long been a mystery to scientists. But a new study from UC San Francisco shows it may sometimes...
Unintended pregnancy

Unintended pregnancy: A new conversation is needed

Contrary to prevailing thought, first-time mothers who receive more educational advantages at an early age are more likely to have their first birth result...
inflammation during pregnancy is linked to baby

inflammation during pregnancy is linked to baby’s brain

Inflammation is a normal part of the body's response to infection, chronic stress or obesity. In pregnant women, it is believed that heightened inflammation increases...
Vitamin D deficiency linked to miscarriage in women with pregnancy loss

Vitamin D deficiency linked to miscarriage in women with pregnancy loss

Among women planning to conceive after a pregnancy loss, those who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to become pregnant and...

Many US women don’t realize they’re seeking reproductive care at Catholic hospitals

More than one-third of women who go to a Catholic hospital for reproductive care aren't aware they're seeking obstetrical and gynecological care at a...