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Call The Midwife If The Doctor Does Not Object

Every morning at Watsonville Community Hospital in Northern California, the labor and delivery team divvies up its patient’s low-risk ones go to the midwives and high-risk ones to the physicians. Then, throughout the day, the doctors and midwives work together to ensure the births go smoothly. “The researchers kind of divide and conquer,” said Dr.…


Newborns Have Innate Skills To Pick Out Words

A research study of newborn babies has revealed that humans are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from a language. The international team of researchers discovered two mechanisms in 3-day-old infants; which give them the skills to pick out words in a stream of sounds. The discovery provides a key insight…

Breast Milk

Change In Complex Sugars Women Taking Probiotic

The complex sugars found in human breast milk, long believed to be fixed in their composition, may change in women who are taking probiotics; according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Hence The finding, published in a research letter in JAMA Pediatrics, upends what scientists thought of human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). The…

Periods Of Undisturbed Maternal Sleep And Stillbirths

Researchers explore how maternal sleep habits, including lengthy periods of sleep without waking more than once in the night, may be associated with fetal health Sleeping more than nine hours per night during pregnancy may be associated with late stillbirth, a new Michigan Medicine-led international study suggests.

Maternity Care In The U.S. Reduce Inequities In Breastfeeding

A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women. Between 2014 and 2017, 33 hospitals enrolled in the CHAMPS program out of Boston Medical Center's Center for Health Equity, Education and Research, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.