Northern Ireland Reviews Maternity Services

Oct 20 2008 - 1:13am

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey today announced plans to review maternity services in the Greater Belfast area.

The Eastern Board will take forward the review which will look at existing capacity and the immediate pressures faced by maternity services in Belfast and the surrounding areas.

The board will work with the Belfast and South Eastern trusts to consider how best to develop inpatient obstetric services and examine how consultant-led services will be appropriately supported by specialist paediatric services.

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Interracial Asian-White Couples Have Distinct Pregnancy Outcomes

Oct 2 2008 - 12:31pm

Couples in which one of the partners is Asian and the other is white have distinct pregnancy-related outcomes when compared with white couples, according to a study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reuters Health reports.

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New Jersey Should Improve Prenatal Care Resources

Sep 12 2008 - 11:07am

The prenatal care report released last week by New Jersey Health Commissioner Heather Howard that found "wide economic and racial disparities" is "startling and ominous" and "requires immediate attention and action," an Asbury Park Press editorial states (Asbury Park Press, 9/9). The report found that teenagers, minorities and single women in New Jersey all have a higher risk of poor birth outcomes and also are less likely than others to receive early prenatal care (Kaiser Health Disparities Report, 9/4).

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Mom's Mood, Baby's Sleep

Sep 9 2008 - 9:26am
Mom's Mood, Baby's Sleep

If there’s one thing that everyone knows about newborn babies, it’s that they don’t sleep through the night, and neither do their parents. But in fact, those first six months of life are crucial to developing the regular sleeping and waking patterns, known as circadian rhythms, that a child will need for a healthy future.

Some children may start life with the sleep odds stacked against them, though, say University of Michigan sleep experts who study the issue. They will present data from their study next week at the European Sleep Research Society meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Exercise Helps With Body Image, Depression In Pregnancy

Sep 6 2008 - 9:14am

Exercise can help expectant moms in mind as well as body. A new study suggests that women who stay active and are more positive about their changing shapes might protect themselves from depression both during and after pregnancy.

“Our study supports the psychological benefits of exercise to improve body image and lessen depressive symptoms,” said lead study author Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D., associate professor of kinesiology and obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State University.

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Minority, Single Women, Teenagers Less Likely To Receive Prenatal Care

Sep 4 2008 - 12:46pm

Teenagers, minorities and single women in New Jersey all have a higher risk of poor birth outcomes and also are less likely than others to receive early prenatal care, according to a report released on Wednesday by state Health Commissioner Heather Howard, the Newark Star-Ledger reports. In February, Howard appointed the Prenatal Care Task Force to recommend ways to improve access to early prenatal care and examine the racial and ethnic disparities in the state.

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Therapeutic Massage To Benefit Expectant, New Moms

Jul 17 2008 - 9:46am

Saint Thomas Health Services` hospitals, including Baptist Hospital in Nashville and Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.., deliver a combined total of nearly 10,000 babies each year. These babies and their mothers will benefit from a new therapeutic massage service launched in June at Baptist Hospital and expanded to Middle Tennessee Medical Center this month.

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Nuts During Pregnancy Lead To Childhood Asthma

Jul 16 2008 - 10:15am

Mothers eating nut products regularly during pregnancy increase the risk for their children to develop asthma.

A team of researchers from University of Utrecht examined 4000 pregnant women and followed their children for eight years. The women were asked to complete food questionnaire about food taken during pregnancy.

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How To Measure IVF Success

Jul 2 2008 - 12:57pm

Many couples are undergoing IVF treatment, but they don't know how to measure the chance of getting pregnant. This new research suggests four basic characteristics to define how successful IVF treatment will be.

In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a treatment for women who are having difficulties with getting pregnant. Doctor surgically takes eggs out of woman's ovaries, takes the eggs to the laboratory and combines them with sperm. When eggs and sperm grow into an embryo, doctor picks the healthiest embryos and inserts them into woman's womb.

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Web Gives Birth To New Pregnancy Lifestyle Destination

Jan 26 2008 - 10:58am

Cradle is the first-of-its-kind lifestyle destination focused solely on expectant and new moms from pre-conception to baby's first birthday. The site was created to give expectant and new moms a central place to embrace this new life stage in an informative and fun environment without feeling overwhelmed with data. The Cradle goes 'live' during America's greatest baby boom since the early 1960's, with more than 4 million new moms in 2006.

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