Each year, birth defects affect one in 33 newborns in Florida, are one of the leading causes of infant mortality, and contribute significantly to long-term disabilities.
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Wisconsin became the first state in the nation to screen all newborns for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, sometimes known as 'Bubble Boy Disease'.
The Department of Health has welcomed a new report, which shows perinatal and infant mortality rates in Western Australia continue to decline.
DHR is launching a crib matching initiative to improve Georgia's infant mortality rate and to support healthy birth outcomes.
Nearly all moms agree that convenience is their top consideration when choosing products for themselves and their babies.
New Mexico Department of Health report found racial and ethnic health disparities in prenatal care, teenage birth rates and alcohol-related deaths.
Mothers actually sleep better when the newborn stays in the room with mom -- not in the nursery.
China recently replaced more than 76% of 'coarsely worded' slogans that promote China's one-child-per-family policy.
Extremely low birth weight premature infants who received breast milk shortly after birth, while still in intensive care units, had greater mental development scores at 30 months.
Having medical insurance during pregnancy and childbirth can affect the chances of adverse birth outcomes and even infant survival.
The decision to halt an HHS public service campaign that promoted breast-feeding seems to be a matter of politics and economics.
Women who have their first child before age 20 are at a higher risk of chronic diseases and death when they reach middle age.
Although caesarean sections can save lives when performed as an emergency intervention during childbirth, the procedure can cause more harm than good when overused.
Baltimore's Healthy Start program, which provides medical care and support for low-income pregnant women and their infants, recently reported that for two consecutive years, nearly none of the infants born to women enrolled in the program had very low birthweights, the Baltimore Sun reports.
Chinese authorities to check incomes and financial statements before issuing fines for couples who violate the national one-child-per-family policy.
Two states recently released data on infant mortality, low birthweight rates and teenage births among minorities.
New Jersey Chapter of the March of Dimes is launching a new program that seeks to improve the birth and health outcomes of pregnant black women.
NPR's "All Things Considered" on Monday reported on hospitals that are barring women who have had previous caesarean sections to have planned vaginal births. Citing rising c-section rates and studies that found vaginal births after c-sections were a safe option for some women, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and NIH in the early 1990s issued guidelines that permitted VBACs in some cases.
About 4 million newborns in the United States undergo testing each year for phenylketonuria.
Umbilical cord clamping after child birth should be delayed for three minutes. At childbirth, he says, the umbilical cord sends oxygen-rich blood to the lungs until breathing establishes.