Medicaid, Prenatal Care and Health Reform

Information on the number of births financed by the Medicaid system was not collected or accurately represented until 2008, when Anne Markus, a professor at George Washington University, decided to change that practice.

Eating Valentine’s Day Chocolate Could be Good For Your Pregnancy and Baby

Valentine's Day is the holiday of chocolate and according to two studies, chocolate may be more than a tasty sweet treat, for pregnant women.

The Association Between Pre-Existing Diabetes and Fetal and Infant Death

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.

Preterm Delivery and Long-Term Maternal Cardiovascular Health

Preterm delivery is directly and independently associated with increased risk to maternal cardiovascular health, according to an oral report given at the 33rd annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and later published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Neuropsychological Outcomes of Late Preterm Infants Born After IVF

Although in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is associated with higher risk of preterm birth, researchers report no neuropsychological side effects from early birth at three years of age.

New DNA Test Offers Miscarriage Clues

Twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage happens to about 5% of all couples trying to have a family.

Exposure to Malaria Increases Risk of Miscarriage

About 125 million pregnant women are at risk of contracting malaria each year. Malaria infection during pregnancy can cause anemia, parasitic fetal infection, low birth weight, premature delivery and death of the mother.

Study: Some of the Many Things We Just Don’t Know About Making Babies

A group of researchers at the Yale University School of Medicine used the internet to find out what American women of reproductive age think they know about making babies.

Cool Pregnant Women Have Healthier Pregnancies

According to research completed by QUT (Queensland University of Technology), pregnant women need to stay cool during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy to decrease the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.

Dampening of Positive Feelings Seen as Early Predictor for Postpartum Depression

A new study from Belgium studied positive feelings during pregnancy and the likelihood of postpartum depression.

Fertility Study: Evolution and the Changing Shape of Female Fertility

According to research data compiled over 55 years, natural selection ismoving from short, stout women to tall thin women ' a change that couldhave global implications, according to researchers.

Scientists Cultivate Testicular Tissue to Preserve Fertility for Young Boys with Cancer

An increasingly important aspect of cancer treatment in children is how cancer treatment today affects the child's ability to reproduce as an adult.

A Simple Hormone Test May Predict IVF Outcome

Researchers have found a hormone test to predict the potential outcome of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures.

Heart Disease Risk Increases With Small for Term Infant Births

When a pregnant woman gives birth to an infant that is small for gestational age, she is at increased risk of heart disease, according to new research published in PLoS One.

Vaginal Progesterone Reduces Risk of Preterm Birth

The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (AJOG) has released a study with global implications. According to the report, use of vaginal progesterone cream in pregnancies where women have a short cervix could reduce the risk of preterm birth more than 40%.

C-Section Births Linked to Childhood Obesity

There are more and more research studies coming out linking C-sectionswith negative side effects ' some lasting for decades after birth. Thisrecent study reveals a possible connection between C-section deliveryand childhood obesity.

Vegetarian Diet: Can It Lead To Infertility?

Does a vegetarian diet lead to infertility? In one study, 9 healthy, normal-weight women who had regular ovulatory menstrual cycles followed a vegetarian diet and 9 followed a non-vegetarian diet.

Tumors May Be Linked To IVF Treatment

In-vitro fertilization is one of the treatment options to increase fertility and conception rate, yet according to new research, IVF treatment may be associated with ovarian tumor growth later in life.

C-Sections More Likely in For-Profit Hospitals than Non-Profit Hospitals

Pregnant women may be receiving more C-sections to generate higher income for hospitals and doctors.

Acute Pyelonephritis in Pregnancy

Pyelonephritis is an ascending urinary tract infection that may reach the kidney. Severe cases of the infection may lead to pus surrounding the kidney, kidney failure or death. In a pregnancy setting, any infection poses a risk to fetal and maternal health.

Revised Sterilization Policy Could Reduce Unintended Pregnancy and Save Millions Annually

A revision in Medicaid policy could soon decreased the number of unintended pregnancies and save $215 million each year in public health costs, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

5-Minute APGAR Scores of Zero More Likely Lower in Infants Born Outside of the Hospital

According to research published in the October 2013 edition of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women seeking to give birth outside of the hospital should be warned of increased risk of low APGAR scores and increased risk of seizures.

More Obstetricians Delivering Babies

Researchers found a 50% decline in the use of family physicians for prenatal care over the last 10 years.

2008-8: Stress in Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia in Child

Pregnancy is quite a crucial time for mother as well as growing baby. It's well known fact that mothers during this time should be taken well care of, physically as well mentally, for if this is not done, it can adversely affect the health of the unborn child.

75% of Flu Patients Asymptomatic Emphasizes Importance of Vaccination During Pregnancy

A new study suggests as many as 75% of people infected with the flu virus don't experience any symptoms. This extremely high rate of asymptomatic patients makes vaccination important during pregnancy.

Mealtime TV: Expectant Moms More Likely to Overfeed Themselves and Infants

Eating mindlessly while watching TV is a bad habit associated with obesity. It's especially concerning when pregnant women watch television while eating, according to a study recently presented.

Higher IQ in Breastfed Babies May Be All About Mom

A higher IQ and better grades in school have long been associated with breastfed babies but a new study suggests it's more likely about the mom, instead.

Obese Women Give Birth to Infants with Low Iron

aResearchers are now regularly reporting health conditions, birth complications and long-term health outcomes that affect infants born to overweight and obese mothers.

Timing Important to Outcome of Carcinogen Exposure in Womb

Researchers have found a link between the outcome of fetal health when exposed to carcinogens and when the fetus was exposed during gestation. The study was completed by researchers at the Linus Pauling Institute (Oregon State University).

Maternal Positions and Mobility During First Stage of Labor

In many traditional hospital settings women spend the first stage of labor resting in bed. Researchers from The Townsville Hospital and Health Center in Queensland, Australia decided to look more closely at the impact of changing position during the first stage of labor, including moving out of the bed all together.

Improve Breakfast Quality to Improve Kids’ Grades

A new study is re-igniting the breakfast conversation and it comes with scientific evidence that when breakfast quality improves, kids’ grades do, too.

“Black Box” of Embryo Implantation Discovered, Filmed in Action

In spite of a wealth of medical knowledge surrounding reproduction, one aspect of embryo development, implantation, has remained a mystery. But researchers now say they've filmed it in action.

Wi-Fi Laptops Could Be Frying Your Sperm

Men who usually rest their Wi-Fi laptops on their laps are much more vulnerable to reduced sperm motility and degeneration of the sperm DNA lowering the possibility of men to become fathers.

Medical Therapy in Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

PCOS is characterized by oligo-amenorrhea, clinical and/or biochemical hyperandrogenism, polycystic ovaries, and, often, morbid obesity.

Connection Between Obesity and C-section Delivery?

Researchers have concluded, based on a study in Archives of Disease in Childhood that c-section deliveries can cause an increased risk of childhood obesity.

Mother's Blood Sugar During Pregnancy Influences the Child's Body Fat

An expectant mother's blood sugar levels affect how heavy her baby will be, according to a new study.

Men: Watch Porn for Higher Sperm Quality

A group of 21 healthy men recently volunteered to masturbate while watching pornographic videos and they were doing it for free, in the name of science.

Researchers Discover New Cells Key to Placenta Development, Come Closer to Understanding Pregnancy Complications

Scientists are a step closer to understanding how a healthy placenta develops and why some pregnancy complications occur.

Extra Pregnancy Care Training Needed to Improve Safety

According to a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, additional education can reduce the risk and occurrence of adverse outcomes during and after pregnancy.

Modern Abortion Does not Increase Risk of Preterm Birth

According to a study published in PLoS Medicine, having an abortion using modern methods does not increase risk of preterm delivery.

Scientists Insert Nanoparticles into Sperm to Better Understand Male Infertility

Researchers at Oxford University have developed a new way to insert special nanoparticles into sperm. This new technique could someday help doctors discover, diagnose and treat the underlying causes of infertility.

HIV Drugs May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Women who are HIV positive often take anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the symptoms associated with the virus and protect the fetus from contracting HIV during pregnancy and childbirth.

Teens Who Smoke Marijuana Affect Offspring Reaction to Opiates

There are many parents who admit to trying marijuana at least once during their teenage years. While it may not seem like a big deal at the time, smoking marijuana could have a long term effect that passes on to offspring.

Periconception Health Affects Child's Disease Risk

A mother's health and diet just before and after conception could have an impact on a child's health in the long run, researchers say.

Plastics and Pesticides May Increase Risk of Infertility

A new study reveals that women working directly with pesticides and plasticizers may have less chance of getting pregnant.

Does Alcohol-Free Mouth Wash Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth?

Researchers presented a study at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine yearly meet-up, The Pregnancy Meeting, regarding the possible benefits of using alcohol-free mouthwash to reduce preterm labor.

Are Electronic Cigarettes or E-Cigarettes Safe During Pregnancy?

Electronic e-cigarettes contain nicotine which is a health danger for pregnant women and developing babies and can damage a developing baby’s brain and lungs. In addition, some of the flavorings used in e-cigarettes may be harmful to a developing fetus.

Breast Microbiota Different from the Rest of the Body

A recent Canadian study discovered that the microbiota of the female breast is unique, consisting of a population mix that appears nowhere else on the rest of the body.

Scientist Maps Plummeting Mother to Child HIV Transmission Rates

A researcher from the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has mapped the incredible decline in HIV infections transmitted from mother to child.

Labor Fears Linked to Postpartum Depression

An estimated 50 to 80 percent of all women who give birth experience some degree of postpartum depression in the first year after delivery.