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Maternal depressive symptoms

Mothers Of Fussy Babies At Higher Risk

It is no secret that fussy newborns can be especially challenging for parents already facing physical and mental exhaustion from caring for a new baby. But now science backs up the impact on parents: The less soothable the infant, the more distressed the mother. Mothers of highly irritable infant experience greater depressive symptoms. The nationally…

Maternal antibodies

Premature Babies Have Protective Anti-Viral Antibodies

Antibodies are from the mother’s blood to the fetus that gives the newborn passive defense against infection. Since most of this process takes place during the third trimester of the pregnancy; doctors have very premature babies as unprotected by such maternal antibodies. However, now that the total repertoire of maternal anti-viral antibodies, another picture is…

Hospital Breastfeeding

Improvement In Optimal Hospital Breastfeeding Policy

Breastfeeding, also known as nursing, is the feeding of babies and young children with milk from a woman’s breast. Health professionals recommend that breastfeeding begin within the first hour of a baby’s life and continue as often and as much as the baby wants. During the first few weeks of life; babies may nurse roughly every two to three hours and the duration…

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Can Erase Effects Of Prenatal Violence

How infants adjust in their first months of life depends on many factors, including what their mothers experiencing while they are in utero. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); 1 in 4 women in the U.S. will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in their lifetime and that risk increases during pregnancy;…

Placenta

Placenta Plays Dual Role During Pregnancy

The placenta is a vital part of a successful pregnancy; providing oxygen and nutrients to a growing fetus while also getting rid of waste products. This temporary organ has long thought to influence the brains of both the mother and the fetus, but until now; no clear evidence of the purpose of that connection existed.…

Birth weight

IVF Birth Weights Increased Over 25 Years

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body; in vitro (“in glass”). The process involves monitoring and stimulating a woman’s ovulatory process; removing an ovum or ova (egg or eggs) from the woman’s ovaries and letting sperm fertilize them in a liquid in a laboratory.…

Child migrants

Health Coverage By Charging Undocumented Migrant Kids

By charging undocumented child migrants for healthcare; the UK is failing to provide universal health coverage in contravention of the Sustainable Development Goals and its obligations under the UN convention on children’s; rights-argue infectious disease and global health experts in an editorial. The term ‘undocumented’ refers to people who do not have any documentation proving…

Pregnant women

Mothers Can Prevent Fetal Brain Problems

The findings are critical because viruses, such as the flu, in pregnant women; have linked with fetal brain problems and mental illness like Attention Deficit Disorder and Schizophrenia later in life. “Mothers want to give their babies the best possible start in life. Colds and flu are often unavoidable; even if the mother has had…

Maternal employment

Impact Of Maternal Employment On Children's Weight

The most common chronic disease of childhood; the National Health Service (NHS); spent approximately £5.1 billion in 2014/15 on illnesses related to obesity. To date, most studies have based on data from the US and have produced inconclusive results. There is a paucity of scientific literature investigating the link between working mothers and increased childhood…

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Is Not just About The Baby

Women are increasingly opening up about their breastfeeding struggles. However, as individual as each story is; many have a core theme it was not working and no one could tell them why. Given the breadth and depth of medical knowledge, why do women still not have answers if they can not breastfeed? Why do GPs…

Air pollution

Air Pollution May Impact Fetal Cardiovascular System

Air pollution occurs when harmful or excessive quantities of substances including gases, particles, and biological molecules are into Earth’s atmosphere. It may cause diseases, allergies and even death to humans; it may also cause harm to other living organisms; such as animals and food crops and may damage the natural or built environment. Both human activity…

Sleep Duration

Link Between Infant Sleep Duration And Mother's

A new study analyzing data from Canadian parents has found that babies sleep less at three months; of age, if their mothers do not have a university degree; experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery. The study, which examined associations between a mother’s level of education, prenatal depression, a method of delivery…