Planned home births still account for less than one percent of all births in the United States, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the rate has increased by almost a third from 2004 to 2009. This increase has experts concerned, and some are now speaking out about the ‘hidden dangers.’
In vitro fertilization (IVF) has helped millions of women conceive and give birth. However, there are studies that have indicated there are additional risks involved, including a higher risk of miscarriage and preterm birth. Now, a new study – said to be the largest of its kind – has been added to the previous ones, and it’s found some other risks that women considering any type of fertility assistance should be aware of.
In many developed countries, couples are waiting to have children. For some, it’s about pursuing a career. Others want to wait until they have some financial security. Still others just aren’t sure that parenthood is something they want to pursue until later on in life.
We are in a day and age in which many women are encouraged to make the family choices that work best for them. Some women choose not to have children, while others choose to delay pregnancy until later on in life. However, Newcastle University experts are concerned that the waiting will later cause regret for some women, especially if they find out that they can no longer have children.
There have been many questions and concerns surrounding depression and SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs during pregnancy. While researchers have found, through previous studies, that there is a higher risk for some conditions, there are still some unknowns when it comes to SSRI use during pregnancy. But for that matter, there are still some questions about how depression itself can affect the overall pregnancy outcome.
In vitro fertilization is often a last resort for couples who want to conceive. While there are other ways to experience parenthood, such as surrogacy or adoption, no other options exist for experiencing pregnancy or birth. For this reason alone, couples may often be more desperate to try any measures possible to conceive
Colic, a condition that is characterized by an inconsolable cry that lasts at least three hours a day and occurs more than three days a week for at least three weeks. It generally starts within the first few weeks of life and it can continue throughout infancy. The condition is stressful for both babies and parents alike. But can it be prevented?
Stillbirths and the trauma associated with it are hard to deal with for any woman, but new research suggests that there are certain ways that can lower risk of some factors that lead to stillbirths. Researchers also say that cause of deaths for many stillbirths can be found.
I was both shocked and saddened to read a story about a woman who lost her child while giving birth on the streets of an affluent district of Paris.
Listeria, a type of bacteria that can be found in and on certain foods, has recently caused 72 illnesses nationwide – 13 of those illnesses resulting in death. Health officials have deemed the recent listeria outbreak the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade. The elderly, people with compromised immune systems and pregnant women have the highest risk of contracting the illness.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease. And, while many doctors think that syphilis is no longer a risk, it is estimated by the World Health Organization that 12 million new cases occur each year – between 3 and 15% of those cases are in developing countries, like the United States.
Most moms-to-be will tell you that finding a comfortable position to sleep in is a challenge as their body starts to change and grow. But now a small study performed by New Zealand researchers suggests that expectant moms shouldn’t sleep on their right side as it may have an increased risk of having a stillbirth.
Eating a high fat diet is unhealthy for anyone. However, a recent study performed at the Oregon Health & Science University confirms that pregnant women should be extra careful about the fat content of their diets.