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Home Visits Can Help New Parents

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 26, 2016 – A home visit program for new parents helped reduce their use of medical services for their infants, a new study finds. The research included 244 first-time parents living in New Mexico. The parents were randomly assigned to either a control group that received no additional help, or were enrolled in a program in which health care workers and parent educators made home visits during the infant's first year. Compared to those in the control group, parents in the home visit group were a third less likely to take their infants to the emergency room. Parents who received home visits were also 41 percent less likely to take their infants to a primary care doctor nine or more times during the first year, the study found. Typically, an infant is expected to have seven well-child visits during the first year, according to American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendations. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Before Baby Arrives

Posted 26 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- There's so much to do before baby arrives. So if you find a little extra time before the big day, take care of a few necessary to-dos. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Create a list of people to whom you'll send birth announcements. Prepare several days' worth of meals and freeze them for after baby is born. Interview candidates for any needed help, such as housekeeping and child care services. Ask family members and friends if they can help. Read more

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Delay in Clamping Umbilical Cord Benefits Babies, Doctors Say

Posted 22 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 21, 2016 – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends waiting at least 30 to 60 seconds after birth to clamp a healthy newborn's umbilical cord, citing potential health benefits. The new guideline is a change from 2012, when ACOG expressed uncertainty about the value of delaying clamping. The group now says research suggests healthy infants can benefit from getting more blood from the placenta through the umbilical cord. "While there are various recommendations regarding optimal timing for delayed umbilical cord clamping, there has been increased evidence that shows that the practice in and of itself has clear health benefits for both preterm and term infants," Dr. Maria Mascola, lead author of the guidelines, said in an ACOG news release. "And, in most cases, this does not interfere with early care, including drying and stimulating for ... Read more

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Be Alert for PTSD After Pregnancy Loss

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Post-traumatic stress disorder can develop in women after pregnancy loss, a new British study finds. Women who suffer a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy should be routinely screened for PTSD and receive mental health support, the researchers said. "We were surprised at the high number of women who experienced symptoms of PTSD after early pregnancy loss," said study lead author Jessica Farren, of the department of surgery and cancer at Imperial College London. "At the moment, there is no routine follow-up appointment for women who have suffered a miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy," Farren said. "We have checks in place for [postpartum] depression, but we don't have anything in place for the trauma and depression following pregnancy loss," she said in a college news release. PTSD causes people to relive frightening or distressing events through nightmares, ... Read more

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Birthing Pool Not the Place to Deliver, New Guidelines Say

Posted 25 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 – While a birthing pool during the early stages of labor may offer some advantages, women should not deliver their baby in the water, new guidelines advise. Birthing pools can be found in hospitals, birthing centers or at home. A woman in labor lies in a tub of warm water to help ease delivery. "Immersion in water during the first stage of labor may offer some benefits: It may shorten labor and is associated with a decreased use of epidurals [injecting anesthesia into the spine]," said Dr. Joseph Wax. He chaired the committee that developed the recommendations for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). "However, it is important to differentiate between laboring in water and delivering in water," Wax said in an ACOG news release. "There is no evidence to support delivering a baby in water has benefits to the baby." In fact, according to ... Read more

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U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising

Posted 8 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 8, 2016 – The number of U.S. women who die during or soon after pregnancy may be higher than previously thought – and it's on the rise, according to a new study. Between 2000 and 2014, the nation's maternal death rate rose by almost 27 percent, researchers found. However, over that time, reporting methods changed, the study authors noted. For every 100,000 live births, nearly 24 women died during, or within 42 days after pregnancy in 2014. That was up from nearly 19 per 100,000 in 2000. The numbers, published online Aug. 8 in Obstetrics & Gynecology, are worse than previous estimates. Federal health officials have already reported a spike in the nation's maternal mortality figures, but they estimated a rate of 16 per 100,000 as recently as 2010. The new findings give a clearer picture of where the United States really stands, according to lead researcher Marian MacDorman, ... Read more

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Babies' Sleep 'Twitching' May Aid Their Development

Posted 2 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 – When parents watch babies sleep, they often assume that the tiny twitches they see are a response to a dream. But researchers believe that twitching may actually be part of a baby's motor skills development. When a baby's body twitches during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, it's triggering circuits throughout the brain to teach newborns about their limbs and how to use them, University of Iowa researchers believe. Along with increasing knowledge about early development, learning more about early sensory and motor (sensorimotor) skills development could help improve understanding of certain developmental disorders, such as autism and schizophrenia, the researchers said. "Although often overlooked, there is a substantial problem with the sensorimotor system in these disorders," Mark Blumberg, a professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences, said ... Read more

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Pregnancy Problems More Likely With Baby Boys, Study Suggests

Posted 29 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 29, 2016 – Serious pregnancy complications are more likely when women are carrying baby boys, new research suggests. After analyzing more than half a million births in Australia, researchers said the baby's gender could be linked to the health of both mother and child. "The sex of the baby has a direct association with pregnancy complications," said study first author Dr. Petra Verburg, of the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Boy babies were more likely to be born early, which sets up infants for more health problems. Also, women carrying boys were slightly more likely to have diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), and pre-eclampsia, a serious high blood pressure condition, when ready to deliver, the study authors said. Although it isn't totally clear why this is so, "there are likely to be genetic factors," Verburg said. ... Read more

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If 1st Baby's Early, 2nd Will Be Too: Study

Posted 13 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 12, 2016 – Women who give birth to their first child even a couple of weeks early are up to three times more likely to deliver their next baby prematurely, new research suggests. "The magnitude of the increased risk surprised us – it really is a potent factor," said senior study author Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski. She is associate director of precision health with the University of California, San Francisco's Preterm Birth Initiative. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 160,000 women who gave birth in California between 2005 and 2011. The study authors defined "preterm" as birth at less than 37 weeks' gestation and "early term" birth at 37 to 38 weeks' gestation. Preterm birth is the leading cause of infant death and a major cause of life-long neurological issues, such as cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and vision and hearing loss, according to the ... Read more

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No Sex Please, I'm a Stressed New Mom

Posted 9 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 – First-time parents may see their sex life hit the skids if mom feels stressed about her parenting skills, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when a new mother was anxious about her parenting abilities, she and her partner tended to be less satisfied with their sex life, compared to other first-time parents. For men, it was different: Only their partners' stress levels – and not their own – seemed to affect their views on their sex life. It's no secret that having a baby affects a couple's sex life. But it's not only because caring for an infant can be exhausting, said Chelom Leavitt, the lead researcher on the new study. A first-time mom's worries about her new role may be one of the other factors, said Leavitt, a doctoral student in human development and family studies at Penn State University. The findings are based on interviews with 169 couples ... Read more

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Air Pollution Tied to Stillbirth in Small Study

Posted 25 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – "Suggestive evidence" of a link between air pollution and increased risk of stillbirth is growing, according to a new review. Wide regional variations in the world's stillbirth rates suggest most of last year's 2.6 million stillbirths were preventable, the research team said. "If the evidence of an association between ambient air population and stillbirth is confirmed in future studies, it would be of major public health importance," said Marie Pedersen, of the Center for Epidemiology and Screening at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She was not involved in the study. Previous examinations of available research indicated a connection between air pollution and stillbirth risk, but the association was weak. But new evidence has become available, so researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland analyzed three studies from the United States and Asia ... Read more

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5 Tips for New Moms

Posted 8 May 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 8, 2016 – As they celebrate their first Mother's Day, many new moms will admit motherhood is wonderful but daunting at times. The good news is they can turn to their child's pediatrician for support, said Dr. Donna Snyder, a pediatrician with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health. Parents who have questions about their child's health, development or well-being can discuss their concerns during routine checkups with a pediatrician, Snyder said in an FDA news release. The baby's doctor can also address urgent concerns between office visits, she noted. The FDA provided new parents with the following five tips: Be cautious about medicine. Don't give your baby any medicine without talking to a pediatrician first. Some vitamins or over-the-counter medications might not be safe. If you don't know how much medicine your child needs, a ... Read more

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Mild Air Pollution of Concern in Pregnancy

Posted 28 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 28, 2016 – Being exposed to just a small amount of air pollution during pregnancy ups the risk of a pregnancy complication that can cause long-term health problems in children, a new study warns. "This study raises the concern that even current standards for air pollution may not be strict enough to protect the fetus, which may be particularly sensitive to environmental factors," said study author Rebecca Massa Nachman. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "We found biological effects in women exposed to air pollution levels below the EPA standard," she added in a school news release. The researchers found that the greater a pregnant woman's exposure to air pollution, the more likely she was to develop a condition called intrauterine inflammation. This condition is a leading cause of premature birth. It also ... Read more

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Music Might Give Babies' Language Skills a Boost

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Can listening to music boost your baby's brainpower? Maybe, at least in specific ways. A new study suggests that listening to music with a waltz-like rhythm – a difficult form of rhythm for infants to comprehend – and tapping out the beats with their parents improved babies' processing of music patterns and speech sounds. "Actively participating in music may be another important experience that can influence infants' brain development and help them learn," said study lead author T. Christina Zhao. She's a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington in Seattle. However, the researchers said that it's not clear how long the effect of listening to music may last or how much exposure to music is needed to make improvements in music- and speech-pattern processing. Previous research – known popularly as the "Mozart effect" – on how music in early ... Read more

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Female Pelvis Widens, Then Shrinks Over a Lifetime, Study Finds

Posted 26 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – A woman's pelvic structure keeps adapting over her lifetime – first widening to accommodate childbirth, then later narrowing, a new study suggests. The researchers said their findings challenge the idea that a woman's pelvis is set in stone. Some scientists have proposed that the female pelvis was "programmed by evolution for childbirth," explained lead researcher Marcia Ponce de Leon. At the same time, it was thought that the male pelvis may change its developmental course starting around puberty, in response to rising testosterone levels. "Our study shows the contrary," said Ponce de Leon, a researcher at the University of Zurich, in Switzerland. The male pelvis, she explained, seems to take on a genetically determined path in its development. Meanwhile, the female pelvis adapts over a lifetime – possibly in response to estrogen. The researchers based their ... Read more

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