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Does a woman’s weight gain during pregnancy affect children’s bone health? | Portugal

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A new study has examined whether managing weight during pregnancy might affect children's bone mass. In the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study, investigators analysed prospective data from 2,167 mother-child pairs from Portugal. In under/normal weight...

Mobile app to help reduce stillbirths

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A new mobile app developed by University of Queensland researchers is aiming to reduce the rate of stillbirth in Australia by 30 per cent. Currently being trialled at the Mater Mothers' Hospital in Brisbane, the My Baby's Movements app...

USA | Few women told of reduced cancer risk when making decision about breastfeeding

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With many infant formulas on the market promising the same benefits as breast milk, more women may forgo breastfeeding. However, when making that decision, women may not be considering the benefits breastfeeding has on...

FIFO work impacts the stress levels of pregnant partners

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Pregnant partners of fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers experience higher levels of stress compared to women whose partners work regular shift work, new research led by Curtin University has found. The research, published in the Women and...

One in four pregnancies unplanned

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A La Trobe University led study has found more than one quarter of pregnancies in Australia are unplanned and almost one third of these pregnancies end in abortion. Published in the Medical Journal of Australia, the...

Postpartum depression linked to mother’s pain after childbirth | USA

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While childbirth pain has been linked to postpartum depression, the culprit may be the pain experienced by the mother following childbirth, rather than during the labour and delivery process, suggests new research presented at...

World-first early childhood education trial delivers dramatic benefits

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A professional development program for early childhood educators markedly improved their teaching methods, leading to measurable gains in literacy and numeracy, and a reduction in behavioural issues among the children in their care. The Early Start...

Postnatal depression could be linked to fewer daylight hours during late pregnancy | USA

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Women in late pregnancy during darker months of the year may have a greater risk of developing postpartum depression once their babies are born. This is consistent with what is known about the relationship...

We need more family-diverse books

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A Victoria University researcher has found Australian picture books persist in portraying 'family' as two parents with biological children, ignoring the country's changed reality. PhD candidate Sarah Mokrzycki said the notion of family in children's...

Breast milk may help babies’ brain development | UK

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Babies born before their due date show better brain development when fed breast milk rather than formula, a study has found. Experts say that helping mothers to provide breast milk in the weeks after giving...
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