This undated handout photo provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists shows Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  (AP Photo/American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)

Study: Wide hospital quality gap on maternity care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Where a woman delivers her baby can make a major difference to her own health — a quality gap that remains largely hidden from mothers-to-be. A new study comparing hospitals nationwide finds […]


An expecting mother is examined by a midwife during a home visit in Free Union, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

Blood clot risk lasts for 12 weeks after pregnancy

Women have a higher risk of blood clots that can cause strokes, heart attacks and other problems for 12 weeks after childbirth — twice as long as doctors have thought, new research finds. Strokes are […]


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Cedars-Sinai doctors awarded $4 million for birth research

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Two Cedars-Sinai doctors have been awarded federal grants totaling $4 million to study how women and their children are affected by the environment they are in, the hospital announced today. The […]


In an undated photo Lorena McKinnon, right, feels  her mother Julia Navarro's womb for movement of McKinnon's daughter.  (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

Mom to give birth to granddaughter

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A 58-year-old Utah woman is set to give birth in a few weeks — to her first grandchild. Julia Navarro is serving as a gestational surrogate for her daughter and son-in-law […]


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More signs that US births may have stopped falling

ATLANTA (AP) — There’s more evidence that U.S. births may be leveling off after years of decline. The number of babies born last year only slipped a little, and preliminary government figures released Friday indicate […]


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Boys a bit more likely than girls to be born early

WASHINGTON (AP) — Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls, and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health of the world’s newborns. “This is a […]


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Docs get more precise about full-term pregnancy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mom-to-be closing in on her due date? The nation’s obstetricians are getting more precise about exactly how close makes for a full-term pregnancy. On average, a pregnancy lasts 40 weeks, counting from […]


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Study ties chemical to possible miscarriage risk

BOSTON (AP) — New research suggests that high levels of BPA, a chemical in many plastics and canned food linings, might raise the risk of miscarriage in women prone to that problem or having trouble […]


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Environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nation’s largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday. The report urges doctors to […]


A married couple holds hands in Lewisville, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Infertility down slightly among married US women

ATLANTA (AP) — American couples are not as infertile as it might seem. Despite a boom in the use of fertility treatments, a new government study shows the percentage of married couples having trouble conceiving […]




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