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2011-04-25 06:25:00

A German baby has tied the world record for the youngest surviving premature infant, after being born after only 21 weeks and five days, the hospital in which the child was born said Saturday. The infant, named Frieda, was born on November 7, 2010 and measured 11 inches long and weighed only 1 pound. "In the specialist literature, other premature babies have been lighter than her at birth, some even less than 300 grams [11 ounces], but there is no mention of a premature baby even younger...

2011-04-15 13:57:37

Study identifies new gene that may increase risk for preterm birth Evolutionary changes that make us uniquely human "“ such as our large heads and narrow pelvises "“ may have "pushed" human birth timing earlier and can be used to identify genes associated with preterm birth, a new study suggests. Investigators from Vanderbilt University, Washington University and the University of Helsinki report that variations in a gene with accelerated evolution in humans, the follicle...

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2011-04-14 08:45:00

More than 7,300 babies are stillborn every day. That's more than 2.6 million pregnancies each year ending in death, according a study published in The Lancet. The medical journal released a special series by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and some 50 organizations from 18 countries, giving a comprehensive estimate of the number of stillborns and how this impacts the world. The purpose of the series is to address the staggering stillbirth rates and causes for them in all...

2011-02-22 15:42:22

Although their involvement is very different, childbirth is an important shared experience for the first-time father and his partner, yet men generally attend childbirth classes only for their partner's sake, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The men from western Sweden who were interviewed in depth for the thesis thought it only natural for the focus to be on the woman, as it is she who carries, delivers and, perhaps, breastfeeds the baby. At the same time, men's...

2010-11-16 18:45:56

Active management of the third stage of labour means that women lose less blood than with a more expectant approach, reveals a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in conjunction with Sahlgrenska University Hospital. A number of studies in the West have shown that heavy bleeding following childbirth has become more common in recent years. In her thesis, midwife and researcher Elisabeth Jangsten decided to look at how heavily women bleed after giving birth in Angola and Sweden...

2010-08-26 13:58:27

Clinical depression and anxiety during pregnancy results in smaller babies that are more likely to die in infancy, according to new research published in the open access journal BMC Public Health. The study, which focused on women living in rural Bangladesh, provides the first finding of its kind in a non-Western population. The research indicates that mental health issues are likely to be a primary contributor to infant mortality and poor child health, above poverty, malnutrition or low...

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2010-03-11 15:10:00

Pregnant women who have had a cesarean section before most likely end up having one again, according to one in three hospitals that say a repeat cesarean is the only option. Experts say that 9 out of 10 women end up getting a cesarean if they've had one before, a fact that worried those in attendance at a national conference this week on vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC. There is no agreement about how often VBAC should be attempted, but experts agree that the current rate of cesarean...

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2010-02-18 09:40:00

The rate of stillbirths in rural areas of six developing countries fell more than 30 percent following a basic training program in newborn care for birth attendants, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The study tracked more than 120,000 births. The study tested the efficacy of a three-day Essential Newborn Care training regimen that covers basic newborn care techniques, the importance of early breastfeeding, how to keep...

2009-12-02 11:05:41

Personal view: Encounters with a doula: is the system failing new mothers? The presence of doulas (paid birth assistants) during labor may alter the doctor-patient dynamic and can compromise communication and therefore patient care, warns a doctor on bmj.com today. Furthermore, the need for doulas implies a failing of medical and midwifery services and also the support provided by family and friends, says Dr Abhijoy Chakladar who was working at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex when he first...

2009-11-06 13:46:30

University of Nevada, Reno researcher collaborates with local health community to look for answers to elevated incidence rate Results of an investigation conducted by University of Nevada, Reno researchers, public health officials and area physicians published this week in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, indicate that Washoe County experienced a cluster of a particular birth defect, gastroschisis, during the period April 2007 "“ April 2008. Subsequent review of...