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2009-02-10 12:40:00

A Swedish study on Tuesday showed that first-time mothers over the age of 35 are more than twice as likely as younger mothers to suffer postpartum psychosis that could involve a danger to the newborn child. According to the AFP, the study, conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said the risk of developing psychosis during the first 90 days after childbirth increased with age. The research was based on data gathered from all of the nearly 750,000 first-time mothers...

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2009-02-02 11:15:00

Premature babies born in the UK cost the NHS an estimated £1billion ($1.4 billion) a year more than full-term babies, according to researchers. In a new study, researchers from the Oxford Center for Health Economics found that giving birth to premature babies adds nearly £20,000 ($28,000) more health care costs than giving birth to full-term babies. In other words, premature babies cost about 1 and 1/2 times more than full-term babies, researchers said.Tommy's, a baby charity...

2009-01-07 21:33:12

U.S. researchers say their study revealed there's a very tiny window between 39 and 40 weeks where baby outcomes are optimal. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine found that babies delivered by elective Caesarean section before 39 weeks of pregnancy -- to mothers who previously had an elective C-section -- are much more likely to have serious health problems than newborns delivered under the same circumstances at 39 weeks. The study, published in...

2008-12-29 15:34:22

Doctors said a 14-pound, 2-ounce boy born at a Laguna Hills, Calif., hospital may be the largest baby ever delivered in Orange County. Saddleback Memorial Medical Center doctors said the child born Tuesday to Sara and Richard Sault is the heaviest baby to be born at the hospital and an informal check of other hospitals in the county found no larger infants on record, The Orange County Register reported Monday. Hospital officials said two doctors were needed to lift the child, named Richard...

2008-10-09 00:00:39

A U.S. study suggests overuse of cesarean section and other birthing interventions increase health risks and costs. The study, released Wednesday by the Childbirth Connection, The Reforming States Group, and the Milbank Memorial Foundation, said more than 31 percent of U.S. births are by cesarean section, increasing birth costs by more than $2.5 billion per year. "The excess cesareans buy no reduction in maternal and newborn deaths," the report said. The study suggests cesareans cause...

2008-08-22 15:00:51

NORWAY - The Family Birthplace at Stephens Memorial Hospital will hold a "Preparing for Birth" from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11 and 18, in the Harper Conference Center in the Ripley Building at the hospital. Hilary Ware, RN will be the instructor. Expectant parents will learn about labor and delivery and relaxation techniques that will help work with labor. Coaches will learn how to assist through the process and share in the joy of the baby's birth. Other topics will...

2008-08-18 18:00:08

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt - An Egyptian woman gave birth to septuplets early Saturday in the coastal city of Alexandria, a hospital director said. Ghazala Khamis, 27, was in good condition at the hospital after having a blood transfusion during her Caesarean section because of bleeding, said Emad Darwish, director of the El-Shatbi Hospital where she gave birth. The newborns, four boys and three girls, weigh between 3.2 pounds and 6.17 pounds and are in stable condition, Darwish said. They have...

2008-08-15 09:00:09

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) -- Alone and in labor, Jessica Higgins found the first place she could to give birth -- her front lawn. The 36-year-old was driving home from the mall Tuesday when little Mary Claire gave her the shock of a lifetime by deciding to arrive six weeks early. Higgins -- with her 2-year-old son sleeping in the back seat -- called 911 as she arrived at her Fullerton home, but she had already pushed her daughter out when police arrived. "She was just standing in the...

2008-07-15 00:00:33

By Cynthia Hubert, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jul. 14--Marie Long took a page from Ricki Lake's book a few weeks ago, giving birth to her daughter Katelin at home, in a tub filled with water. Actually, the Orangevale mom was way ahead of the former talk-show host. All three of Long's children, including Hyrum, 4, and Elaina, 2, were delivered at home. The vast majority of people still have their babies in hospitals. But thanks in part to the widely praised documentary "The Business of...

2008-07-13 03:00:25

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil _ When Joyce Provedel went into labor with her first child, she'd planned on giving birth the age-old way, no matter how long it took or how much pain it meant. Her doctor, however, had his own ideas. He worked for one of Rio de Janeiro's most popular maternity hospitals, and doctors there delivered babies almost only by Caesarean section, whether the mothers needed it or not. Before she knew it, Provedel was being wheeled into an operating room, disappointed but...