China recently banned a number of crude and insensitive slogans that promote China's one-child-per-family policy.
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Study is the first ever to prospectively examine the decision-making process of over 4,000 mothers and their physicians around the readiness of mothers and their infants to leave the hospital after childbirth.
Progesterone therapy does not reduce the chances of preterm birth in women pregnant with twins.
Treatment with the hormone progesterone reduces the risk of premature birth for a woman with a short cervix.
Cesarean Delivery Rates
At a time when national rates of cesarean delivery have climbed above 30%, a four-year study of patients receiving an alternative method of obstetric care experienced a significantly lower rate of cesarean births.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, reports that a cohort of women exposed to a safe, alternative method of maternity care had a 5.3 percent cesarean delivery rate compared to a 11.8 percent of women who received more traditional care.
USA Today examined the practice known as placentophagy, in which the placenta of a pregnant woman is saved, dried and emulsified.
Mississippi's According to the Clarion-Ledger, the state's infant mortality rate increased among minorities from 14.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1995 to 17 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 - the highest rate in the nation and the worst in Mississippi since 1987.
Cole County Judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of a new state law that allows midwives to deliver infants at home.
Given that healthy women "deliver not just babies but paychecks and economic growth," it is a "mystery why maternal and newborn health still receives inadequate international attention and funding," Jill Sheffield, president of Family Care International, writes in a Washington Post letter to the editor.
For women insured through large employer private plans, the average cost of having a baby in the United States in 2004 was more than $8,000.
Child Fatality Review Team recommended that child fatality investigations must be conducted in a consistent manner by qualified professionals to avoid missing valuable information and trends.
Very low birth weight infants are significantly more likely to survive when delivered in hospitals with high-level neonatal intensive care units that care for more than 100 such newborns annually than are those delivered in comparable facilities that provide care to fewer than 100 such children every year.
A study conducted at the University of Granada recommends clamping two minutes after delivery instead of 20 seconds, as it is usually done.
Euthanasia for newborn babies with lethal and disabling conditions is illegal worldwide, but in reality, its acceptance and practice vary between different countries.
The infant mortality rate in the United States in 2004 was 6.78 infant (under 1 year of age) deaths per 1,000 live births, not significantly different from the rate of 6.84 in 2003.
Scientists have uncovered the reason why overweight women have more Caesarean sections during childbirth - they are at significant risk of their uterus contracting poorly in childbirth.
With pre-term births a major international health problem, scientists are reporting an advance toward developing a much-needed, noninvasive test for predicting when pregnant women are about to deliver early.
Kentucky Department for Public Health, Local Hospitals Join March of Dimes, Johnson and Johnson Pediatric Institute to Reduce Preterm Births by 15 Percent.
A series of television ads reminding women of the importance of taking folic acid before they become pregnant to reduce the risk of most common neural tube birth defects.
Older mothers with normal, full-term pregnancies - particularly first-time older mothers - were more likely to undergo Caesarean delivery than were younger women with similarly low-risk pregnancies.