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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...

Facebook groups offer emotional and practical support to breastfeeding mothers

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A Western Sydney University study has shed new light on the ways that mothers use social media for breastfeeding support. As part of a PhD study, researchers analysed how mothers use social networking sites, such...

Pregnant women can safely control weight gain through diet and lifestyle changes | USA

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Many overweight and obese women gain too much weight during pregnancy, further ratcheting up their already-increased risk of serious complications for themselves and their babies. A new group of trials funded by the National Institutes...

Soot from polluted air does reach the placenta: Europe

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Evidence of tiny particles of carbon, typically created by burning fossil fuels, has been found in placentas for the first time, in new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. Previous research has...

New Safe Sleep eLearning released for parents

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Red Nose (formerly SIDS and Kids) has released an eLearning course for new and expectant parents that aims to empower parents with evidence-based tools to protect their baby and reduce the risk of sudden...

Participants needed to study maternal feelings on childbirth

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Participants are needed for a new University of Tasmania study, which aims to uncover new mums’ views on childbirth and their choice to have a caesarean section birth. College of Health and Medicine PhD student...

Labour pain relief: Epidural or not?

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A new study has found that many women believe society frowns on them having an epidural during labour, but that does not stop them requesting the pain-relieving procedure. James Cook University’s Dr Diane Quach’s honours...

USA: Pre- or post-natal homelessness can cause significant damage to a child’s health

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Experiencing homelessness at any time during the pre- or postnatal period can negatively affect a young child's health. Researchers at Children's HealthWatch, based out of Boston Medical Center (BMC) in the USA, found that...

USA: Positional sleep therapy during pregnancy may promote maternal and foetal health

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A new study in the US suggests that an intervention to reduce supine sleep in late pregnancy may promote maternal and foetal health. Results show that median time spent sleeping supine was reduced significantly from...

Public perception of midwives’ role in maternity care sparks public awareness campaign

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Research revealing public misconceptions around the role of midwives has triggered a public awareness campaign to help women make more informed choices around their healthcare options. A study from the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre and School...
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