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.…
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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…
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…
While it has been standard practice for decades to whisk newborns off to a bath within the first few hours of their birth, a new Cleveland Clinic study found that waiting to bathe a healthy newborn 12 or more hours after birth increased the rate of breastfeeding exclusivity during the newborn hospital stay.
Health officials are looking at a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect. When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it is called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery.
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.
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.
A new Northwestern Medicine study was able to successfully predict if a new mother would experience worsening depressive symptoms over the first year after giving birth by identifying four maternal characteristics that put her at risk.
Over the past several decades, it's become increasingly recognized that perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs), including postpartum depression, are more than just "baby blues." They're the most common complication of childbirth in the U.S., affecting about 14% of women in their lifetimes and up to 50% in some specific populations.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the world's first device to treat premature babies with a life-threatening heart defect , without major surgery. The device, which is smaller than a pea and made by Abbott Laboratories, can be implanted in babies weighing as little as 2 pounds.
Children born through medically assisted reproduction, such as IVF, are at higher risk of being prematurely and to be born low birth weight, but it is unlikely to be due to the procedures used, according to a study published in The Lancet from the London School of Economics and Political Science.