April 18, 2013 The study looked at about 10,000 British children born at the turn of this century and found no developmental problems among those whose mothers drank moderately during pregnancy. But even the study's authors caution that abstaining from alcohol is still best for mothers-to-be.
January 7, 2013 Two decades ago, about 10 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. lasted 42 weeks or longer. Today, about 5 percent last that long. What happened?
November 21, 2012 Ultrasound often catches fetuses opening their mouths, but whether they're really yawning or not has been up for debate. Now, with some fancy ultrasound techniques, scientists have show that babies do indeed yawn in the womb.
August 28, 2012 If human newborns came out as fully developed as chimp babies, human pregnancy would have to last at least twice as long. In a new theory, researchers argue that how much energy mothers can spare is the key factor in how long pregnancy lasts.
June 27, 2012 A woman over 40 who uses eggs donated by a younger woman has essentially the same chance of having a baby as she would have had in her 20s. That's according to a large new study that looked at the success rates of multiple IVF treatments for nearly 250,000 women across age groups.
April 9, 2012 Half of the mothers in the study had a child with an autism spectrum disorder, while the rest had a child with a developmental delay unrelated to autism, or no developmental problem. But an author of the study says it's not clear whether there's any connection between rising obesity rates and the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism.
February 10, 2012 C-sections pose a risk to preemies who are small for their gestational age, according to a new study. Those babies a higher risk of had breathing problems than babies who were delivered vaginally.
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.
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.
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.