A still from A Healthy Baby Girl, a 1996 documentary in which filmmaker Judith Helfand chronicles the health consequences of her own in utero exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES).
October 5, 2011 Between the 1940s and 1960s, millions of pregnant women were prescribed a hormone known as DES. Decades later, their daughters face increased risks of a dozen DES-related disorders, including a very high incidence of infertility, miscarriages, stillbirths and other reproductive problems.
August 24, 2011 Unintended pregnancies among wealthier women and teens dropped slightly between 2001 and 2006. But unintended pregnancies were up for African-Americans and low-income women, leading researchers to conclude the overall rate has remained flat.
The Mirena IUD made by Bayer.
June 24, 2011 Intrauterine devices for birth control got a boost from a leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists. In new guidelines to doctors, IUDs were deemed the most effective, reversible form of birth control.
Most of the stillbirths worldwide happen in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and at least half of them take place during labor or birth.
April 14, 2011 Some 2.6 million babies are born with no signs of life after 28 weeks' gestation — what's known as a stillbirth — according to a collection of papers published online this week in The Lancet. Most happen in developing countries, but they haven't gone away in wealthier nations.
March 2, 2011 Women who use oxycodone, codeine and hydrocodone painkillers early in pregnancy may increase the risk of having a baby with birth defects, including heart defects and spina bifida, according to a new study.
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