Shared Sleeping Infant Deaths: Texas Polar Vortex

The chilling antics of the polar vortex left Central Texas temperatures far below normal this winter. Texans bundled up to stay warm and cozy during a winter so cold it broke records. ... read more »

New Warnings About Bed Sharing with Infants

The number of babies who share a parents' bed has more than doubledsince the early 1990s, according to the recent National Infant SleepStudy, despite a number of public service ads warning of the increasedrisk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). ... read more »

What is A Stillbirth?

A stillbirth is the death of a baby before or during delivery. Both miscarriage and stillbirth are terms describing pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. ... read more »

Infant Mortality Statistics By Country

Learn the infant mortality rates around the world. See where each country ranks in infant mortality. ... read more »

Infant Mortality Statistics: Where Does Your Country Rank?

Learn statistics on infant mortality around the world. This chart outlines the stats on infant mortality country by country in numerical order. ... read more »

Tips for Preventing SIDS

SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, describes an infant death with an unknown cause. While doctors and researchers may not be able to pinpoint the reason for death in SIDS cases, they have compiled a list of tips to prevent SIDS from occurring with your baby. ... read more »

How to Stop Breastfeeding After Losing Your Child

Women who are actively breastfeeding and experience the loss of a child must also face the struggles of stopping breastmilk production, but the impact on life can be much more difficult. ... read more »

Preventing Infant Death: New Guidelines

There is no more endearing a sight than a peacefully sleeping baby! But many parents worry about their baby's health and in particular the worst case scenario: infant death. New comprehensive guidelines from The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) give parents advice on reduce the risk. ... read more »

Effects of Electronic Monitoring on Infant Mortality

In an attempt to make a clear connection between reduced risk of infant death and electronic heart rate monitoring prior to birth, researchers gathered nearly two million birth records collected in the 2004 National Birth Cohort. ... read more »

Internet Resources Reduce Rates of Infant Mortality

Women who accessed information from Internet kiosks on prenatal and postnatal care via Internet kiosks are less likely to suffer infant mortality. ... read more »

NeuN as a Marker for Neuronal Immaturity

Researchers from the University of Milan recently published a study measuring NeuN levels in cases of unexplained perinatal and infant death. Thirty control infants were also tested for the study. ... read more »

One Stillborn Pregnancy May Lead to Another

If a pregnancy ends with a stillbirth, the woman is more likely to suffer another stillbirth in the future, according to new research published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. ... read more »

Text4Baby Service Helps New Moms

Text4Baby is a text service that sends health messages about pregnancy and maternal health to a cell phone. The service also connects women with resources for further information. ... read more »

Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth Cut in Half

The United Nations recently reported a significant change in the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth ' a nearly50-percent reduction in the last 20 years. ... read more »

Growth and Development Delays Continues After Early Birth

Premature birth is associated with increased risk of developmental delays and death. Researchers in Malawi have concluded that these delays affect premature infants well into the second year of life. ... read more »

Use of Hydralazine in Preterm Infants

Researchers from the Stollery Children's Hospital recently published a study in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews on the potential effect of using the drug Hydralazine to prevent such deaths. ... read more »

Early Birth Could Lead to Increased Risk of Early Death

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reveals that children born before 37 weeks gestation have an increased risk of early death during early childhood and early adulthood compared to children born full-term. The study included more than 600,000 children born from 1973 to 1976 in Sweden. ... read more »

More Babies Survive When Labor is Induced

There have been conflicting reports about the risks and benefits of labor induction. Some experts believe inducing labor is unnecessary and even claim the practice can be detrimental to the fetus while other experts claim labor induction is completely safe. Those experts now have a bit more clinical precedence to back up their claims. ... read more »

Exposing Man to Arsenic through Rice

One of the most poisonous substances is arsenic; hence, it was a public health concern when a team of scientists published about consuming toxic levels of the element by eating rice. ... read more »

Mom's Diabetes May Affect Fetal Mortality

Women with diabetes are at four and a half times higher risk for death of their unborn babies compared to pregnant women without the disease, according to a new study. The babies that do survive face double the risk for death during the first year of life. ... read more »

Preventing Infant Malarial Deaths

According to a team of researchers in the tropics, infant deaths associated with malaria may be preventable. When a pregnant woman contracts malaria, blood vessels to the placenta do not develop correctly and cannot provide adequate blood flow to the fetus. ... read more »

Risk Factors for Infant Death and Cerebral Palsy

Dr. Karen Nelson from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) division NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) recently investigated four possible risk factors for infant death and cerebral palsy. ... read more »

Maternal and Infant Mortality Higher in Child Marriages

In these countries, according the violence against women, maternal and infant mortality rates are higher than countries who do not frequently practice underage marriage. ... read more »