The risk, which remains very small, appears to be lessened when both twins are delivered by Caesarean section.
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Advocate Lutheran General Hospital has launched an aggressive education and vaccination campaign targeting parents of every newborn at the hospital along with other adult caregivers who will be near the babies.
The rate of fetal deaths, also known as stillbirths, occurring at 20 weeks of gestation or more declined substantially between 1990 and 2003.
Modern human mothers are probably happy that they typically have one, maybe two babies at a time, but for early hominids, low birth numbers combined with competition often spelled extinction.
Pregnancy at age 40 and beyond is an independent risk factor for intrauterine fetal demise or stillbirth
Multiple preterm births also more likely in African American pregnant mothers.
African American women are three times more likely to deliver babies three to 17 weeks prematurely than Caucasian women.
There is no solid evidence that the practice reduces the risk of stillbirths.
Strong connections between muscle damage that can occur during childbirth and pelvic organ prolapse, a condition that causes the uterus, bladder or bowel to fall down later in a woman's life.
A brain development study in newborns revealed intracranial hemorrhages or bleeding in and around the brain, affects 26 percent of babies born vaginally.
Birth rate decreased significantly while cesarean births number rised
Health officials are working to raise awareness of the importance of good health for women even before they become pregnant.
Low sodium blood serum in infants, not gestational age, birthweight or neonatal diuretic treatment, predicts an increased intake of dietary sodium later in life.
Epidurals given during childbirth labour are associated with decreased rates of breastfeeding, a study involving a University of Sydney researcher has found.
Measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood of a fetus during labor has no bearing on whether a Caesarean section is performed and does not affect the health of the newborn baby.
The technology, that during labor is used for measuring blood oxygen levels of a baby, offers no apparent benefit.
Midwives are vital to preventing the estimated 529,000 maternal deaths and 8 million illnesses that occur each year during pregnancy and childbirth.
Labor induction practices could be affected due the risks related to drug induced labor and childbirth.
Research into cleft lip and palate could open the door to babies with certain craniofacial disorders being successfully treated in the womb.
Low birth weight is known to increase the risk for major disabilities such as cerebral palsy and mental retardation, but researchers now suspect that low birth weight may also contribute to minor difficulties in motor skills and in thinking.
The report cites several causes for the rising preterm birthrate, including an increasing number of births to adolescent girls and older women, whether a woman previously had delivered a preterm infant.
Premature birth is the underlying cause of nearly twice as many infant deaths than previously estimated, shows the study on preterm birth defects.
Men who paint for a living may be placing their unborn children at increased risk of birth defects and low birth weight.