What Is Preconception Care Important ?

Preconception care is a health plan that focuses on taking steps to improve the health of the man and woman before they conceive. ... read more »

Better Prenatal Care with More Pregnancy Tests

Providing women who are having unprotected sex with a home pregnancy test could have a substantial impact on the health of potential newborns. ... read more »

Important Contacts Before Taking Maternity Leave

When you do decide to reveal your pregnancy to your employer, you need to make a list of important contacts within the company and your personal prenatal care to ensure you know whom to contact when the pregnancy nears the due date. ... read more »

When Should I Return to Work After Birth?

One of the biggest decisions for a working mother is when to return to work after their baby is born. ... read more »

When to Work on Birth Preparation

The birth of your child is a physically intensive process many women are not ready to undertake. Making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle early in your pregnancy can mean a world of difference when labor begins. ... read more »

When to Work on Breastfeeding Basics

From the first weeks after conception, the breasts are naturallypreparing for breastfeeding. While the body is taking care of the basics, you'll need time to prepare for the art of breastfeeding. ... read more »

Should You Choose a Birth Center for Your Pregnancy Care?

From the first minutes after finding out you're pregnant, you areconstantly making decisions. Decision making will be a major part ofyour life for the next 18 years or so ' but before you jump intoparenthood, you may want to decide where you'll give birth. ... read more »

What to Expect at My First Prenatal Visit

If you recently had a positive home pregnancy test, scheduling your first prenatal visit is the next step. Having prenatal care is vital in order to ensure that both you and baby are healthy. ... read more »

Sex Discrimination Plagues Prenatal Care in India

When women in India find out they are pregnant with girls, prenatal care changes for the worse, according to research from the University of California and Michigan State University. ... read more »

Midwives Provide Equal Care to Hospitals

The level of healthcare provided by certified nurse midwives may be better than or equal to the same care provided in a hospital setting, according to research published in the journal Health Services Research. ... 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 »

Miscarriage Risk Increases with Sustained Stress

Multiple research studies have investigated the impact of short-term, intense stress on pregnancy, but little is known about the effect of prolonged stress like that felt by women affected by the stresses of military or political life. ... read more »

Prognostic Factors for Low Birth Weight Repetition

Information collected by the Pelotas Birth Cohort was used in a recent study published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. The study reported prognostic factors doctors can look for in patients with prior low birth weight pregnancies. ... read more »

H1N1 Vaccine Reduces Preterm Births in 2009

Pregnant women who will be pregnant or give birth during flu season are encouraged to have the flu vaccination. Pregnancy reduces natural immunity, which makes pregnant women more susceptible to contracting the flu. ... 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 »

Swedish Moms Enjoy Midwives ... And Very Little Medicine

Having a baby is basically the same around the world but each nation's approach to prenatal and maternity care varies according to national policy. In Sweden, most mothers-to-be enjoy the services of midwives instead of doctors and nurses. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Second Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

For many, the second trimester is their favorite part of the pregnancy (other than the birth of their bundle of joy, of course). But to ensure the pregnancy is progressing as it should, you will need to start seeing your doctor monthly for a check-up and a series of tests. ... read more »

Newborn Care Practices and Health Seeking Behavior

Although the details of the research are limited, a new study out of Gujarat, India shows a direct connection between socioeconomic status and medical care sought and received by pregnant women and newborns. ... read more »

Hospital Care for Low Birth Weight Infants

If during the ultrasound an infant is deemed smaller than they should be for gestational age, special attention may be paid to infant size for the duration of the pregnancy. ... read more »

Use of Prenatal Services in Low to Middle Income Countries

About 50% of women living in low to middle-income countries are not receiving adequate antenatal care. Researchers from the University of Central Lancashire recently published a qualitative study of various countries in the journal PLoS Medicine. ... read more »

Primary Care Follow-Ups for Early Pregnancy Pain or Bleeding

Pain and bleeding in early pregnancy can cause mental stress, but are pregnant women receiving proper follow-up care after diagnostic intervention for these symptoms during pregnancy? ... read more »

How Many Prenatal Visits are Enough?

Based on findings associated with the WHOACT (World Health Organization Antenatal Care Trial) some countries reduced the number of prenatal visits for healthy, uneventful pregnancies from eight visits to four visits. ... read more »

"Precious Baby" Phenomenon May Affect Clinician Decisions

Doctors may treat women who became pregnant through IVF treatment better than they treat women with spontaneous pregnancies. A new international study shows that a clinician may give different advice to the mother of a 'precious baby.' ... read more »

Top 7 Things To Do When You Find Out You Are Pregnant

When you take your pregnancy test and it turns out positive, there are a few things you should do first so you can take your whole pregnancy test one step at a time. ... read more »

Chemicals, Toxins, Environmental Risks, and Pregnancy Guide

This effect on the health of mothers, fathers, and babies in utero has prompted the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to call for stricter policies concerning environmental chemicals. ... read more »

Top 5 Things to do First after Learning That You’re Pregnant

When you discover you’re pregnant for the first time, it can be overwhelming even if you’ve been planning for it. When you take your pregnancy test and it turns out positive, there are a few things you should do first so you can take the whole thing one step at a time. ... read more »

Why Duchess Meghan May Prefer Pregnancy Care in the U.K.

The world was elated last week when news broke that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their firstborn this spring. While the world is enthralled with Meghan’s pregnancy, the American born Duchess may just prefer the state of labor and delivery in the U.K. over her native U.S. Here's why! ... read more »

Is a Midwife Right for You?

It goes without saying that prenatal care is important to the healthy growth and development of a baby. In fact, one of the very first things most women do when they suspect they may be pregnant is make an appointment with their gynecologist. ... read more »

Prenatal Groups for Moms with Limited English Skills

Through a recent study, it was found that prenatal groups for pregnant women with limited English language skills can help new mothers become more comfortable and allow them to discuss common pregnancy and child-raising questions with other women. ... read more »

Why Do Doctors Measure Your Stomach at Prenatal Visits?

Starting in the 20th week of the pregnancy things start getting a little more interesting. The size of your belly starts telling you secrets about baby inside. ... read more »

Prenatal Tests Before and During Pregnancy

Learn all about the prenatal testing and exams that take place during each pregnancy trimester. ... read more »

More Obstetricians Delivering Babies

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

Prenatal Care - First Doctor's Visit

Your first doctor’s visit will likely be the longest as there are many questions both you and your doctor will have.Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting moments of your life.  You have a little over nine months to prepare for the arrival of your child and it will feel like much of that time is spent in your doctor’s office.  Your first doctor’s visit will likely be the longe ... read more »

What Happens at Your First Prenatal Appointment?

Your first prenatal visit will likely be the longest as there are many questions both you and your doctor will have. Here is a breakdown of the first prenatal appointment. ... read more »

What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Expect

Everyone is worried about what to expect when they are expecting, but what should they expect when they are expecting to expect? The answer, fortunately, is far less confusing. ... read more »

A Centered Pregnancy

Group prenatal care. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? That’s what I initially thought. Little did I know the wonders of such a thing. ... read more »

Types of Healthcare Providers During Pregnancy

Being pregnant is a time in your life when many decisions will have to be made. One of the first, and most important, will be what type of healthcare provider you will see to make sure both you and the baby are healthy throughout the pregnancy. ... read more »

3 Reasons I Would Never Use a Midwife Again

The care I received via the midwife was less than stellar, but that doesn’t mean all midwives are the same.  ... read more »

RhoGam: What is it and why do I need it?

When my doctor told me I would have to go to the hospital at 7 months pregnant and bare my backside for a shot I was curious and not too thrilled. He called the shot RhoGam and he explained that I needed the shot to possibly save my life and the life of my baby at birth. ... read more »

When Do I Need to Start Prenatal Care?

A missed menstrual cycle is the first and most common indicator of pregnancy for most women, but even if you test positive for pregnancy this early on does it mean you need to start prenatal care? ... read more »

Detect Pregnancy Early for a Healthy Baby

I knew plenty of women who didn’t even know they were pregnant at six weeks, much less have had already been to the doctor and have baby’s first sonogram ready to put in the scrapbook. Was she jumping the gun, or was she doing what she needed to do?  ... read more »

Birthing Outcomes Improve with Group Prenatal Care

Researchers have found that sharing the experience of pregnancy with other pregnant women can be just as satisfying and it can be healthy for their babies. ... read more »