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C-Sections May Do More Harm Than Good In Some Cases
2012-02-10 05:20:42

New research reveals that babies born by c-section before 37 weeks, also known as pre-term birth, have a higher chance of developing health issues. Dr. Diane Ashton, the deputy medical director for the March of Dimes told Fox News: “We think this is an important study for providers to understand and possibly change their practices. Basically the take-home message here is for small, gestational age preterm infants, the best route for [them] is a vaginal delivery.” The...

2012-02-08 10:24:15

Cleansing a newborn's umbilical cord with chlorhexidine can reduce an infant's risk of infection and death during the first weeks of life by as much as 20 percent, according to a study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study, conducted in rural Bangladesh in partnership with ICDDR,B and a Bangladeshi NGO Shimantik and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program, is...

2012-01-18 22:51:09

Sustainability is Key to Success, Says Study from Wake Forest Baptist A large regional hospital in Ghana saw a reduction in maternal and infant deaths after continuous quality improvement (QI) initiatives were put into place through a collaborative partnership. New research from lead author Medge Owen, M.D., a professor of obstetrical anesthesiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, outlines how QI initiatives that demonstrate best practices and care can increase overall survival...

2011-09-21 13:04:08

Women whose first pregnancy ended in infant death are significantly more likely to have a subsequent stillbirth finds new research published today (21 September) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Black women experienced the highest rates of stillbirth in subsequent pregnancy, the study by US researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Rochester found. Infant mortality accounts for an estimated 5.75 million deaths annually...

2011-08-31 11:31:07

Neonatal mortality–deaths in newborns, aged 3 weeks and under– has declined in all regions of the world over the past two decades but in 2009, more than half of all neonatal deaths occurred in five countries–India, Nigeria, Pakistan, China, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Furthermore, over the past 20 years, more than 4% of all babies born live in India died during the first month of life. These shocking findings come from a comprehensive and detailed analysis led...

2011-07-06 23:53:46

The group looked at 60,650 singletons in a common Nordic database from ART registers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden and compared these to a control group of 360,022 naturally conceived (NC) singletons. In both groups 0.4 % of singletons were stillborn, with a definition of stillbirth as a dead child after 22 weeks of gestation. After having been matched with the control group regarding mother's parity and year of birth, the overall risk of stillbirth was found to be marginally higher...

2011-07-05 12:59:05

Withdrawal of life-sustaining support and withholding lifesaving measures (such as CPR) appear to be the primary modes of infant deaths in a neonatal intensive care unit, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Currently, most childhood deaths in the United States occur during the neonatal period and most neonatal deaths follow a decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment," the authors...

2011-05-24 15:27:46

Adding just a few more weeks of pregnancy can cut a newborn's risk of death in half "“ even if the pregnancy has reached "term" -- adding more evidence to the argument that continuing a pregnancy to at least 39 weeks is crucial to a baby's health. The research by a team of investigators from the March of Dimes, the National Institutes of Health and the US Food and Drug Administration found that although the overall risk of death is small, it more than doubles for infants born at 37...


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