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Microbial diversity could be a factor in premature births.
August 17, 2015 A small study found that women with diverse microorganisms in their birth canals were more likely to give birth before their babies reached full term than women with less microbial variety.
August 11, 2015 She knew that breast is best. So when she couldn't breast-feed her children, she felt she had failed as a mother and a doctor. Until a wise pediatrician gave her permission to stop.
July 13, 2015 The British medical system says healthy women with normal pregnancies should give birth at home or in a midwife-led facility. But 99 percent of babies in the U.S. are born in hospitals.
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Melissa Mathis holds a container of freeze-dried placenta capsules.
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June 28, 2015 Texas now explicitly allows the placenta to be taken home after giving birth in a hospital. It came about at the urging of people who feel consuming dried and encapsulated placenta helps new mothers.
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If you're getting insurance through a parent's plan, don't presume the hospital bill for childbirth will be covered.
June 16, 2015 Insurance coverage for maternity care is deemed essential under the Affordable Care Act. But adult children on a parent's plan still may be on the hook for the cost of childbirth. And it's not cheap.
Pills are made from dehydrated placenta.
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June 4, 2015 If Kourtney Kardashian and Mayim Bialik do it, is it good for you? Pills made from a woman's placenta are being promoted for postpartum depression. But there's no evidence they help, a review finds.
The World Health Organization has endorsed waiting to clamp the umbilical cord for at least one minute after a baby is born.
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May 26, 2015 Giving the newborn one last boost of blood from the placenta may help increase social and motor skills at age 4, a study finds. Earlier studies have found health benefits in infancy.
Kristen Caminiti cuddles her son Connor while doctors stitch her up following a C-section.
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March 9, 2015 The goal is simple, the techniques easy. Let the mother see her baby being born, if she wants to, and give her the baby immediately following the birth, so they can bond before the baby is taken away.
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Women who have children later may live longer. But why?
June 28, 2014 There's mounting evidence that women who have children later in life are also more likely to make it to 95 or 100. But delaying childbearing just to live longer is not a good idea.
Proponents of water birth say it's easier on the mother and more peaceful for the baby.
March 23, 2014 Women can give birth in water at a growing number of hospitals, but the nation's pediatricians and obstetricians say there's not enough proof that it's safe. Midwives say it's fine for many women.
A C-section delivery may be needed to protect the health of mother and child. But too many are done for the wrong reasons, doctors say.
February 20, 2014 For many women, a safe, healthy labor lasts longer than the times cited as normal, according to guidelines from the nation's obstetricians. Giving women more time ups the odds of a vaginal delivery.
The Odon Device was inspired by a YouTube video about how to remove a cork from the inside of a wine bottle.
The Odon Device
November 29, 2013 With babies getting bigger and moms' pelvises getting smaller, it's no wonder moms have problems in delivery these days. Inventors have come up with all kinds of devices to help babies into the world. Some seem promising, but others are a little far-fetched.
That's how it's supposed to work. But for most new moms, breast-feeding doesn't come easily, a study finds.
September 23, 2013 Almost all new mothers have trouble breast-feeding in the first week with their babies. The early problems, such as pain, were also the ones most likely to cause the women to give up on breast-feeding earlier than doctors recommend.
Young women can get health insurance through a parent, but it doesn't always include maternity care.
June 4, 2013 Many young women don't get maternity coverage if they're on a parent's health plan. A sex discrimination claim aims to get them coverage for childbirth care under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
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