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Maternity services urged to complete Digital Maturity Assessment

An assessment to help maternity services measure their digital maturity has been launched. Maternity services across England have until the end of June to complete the online assessment that will

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Central Medical develops Dreamgenii pregnancy support medical pillow

Central Medical Supplies Ltd (CMS), a supplier of maternity products to the NHS and nursery retailers, recently showcased the Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support Medical Pillow at the Primary Care and Public

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Men may contribute to infertility through newly discovered part of sperm

A study at The University of Toledo shows that a father donates not one, but two centrioles through the sperm during fertilisation, and the newly discovered sperm structure may contribute

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Women plan more for their summer holiday than they do for pregnancy

In a survey of more than 750 women, pregnancy health charity Tommy’s found that the majority of women put a lot of thought and planning into a summer holiday. When

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Blood test for pregnant women can predict premature birth

A new blood test for pregnant women detects with 75-80 per cent accuracy whether their pregnancies will end in premature birth. The technique can also be used to estimate a

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Preterm newborns sleep better in NICU while hearing their mother’s voice

Hearing a recording of their mother’s voice may help neonates maintain sleep while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), according to preliminary data from a new study. About 10

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Exposure to smoking before and after birth linked to hearing impairment in toddlers

Exposure to tobacco smoke prenatally and postnatally was associated with hearing impairment in a Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology study of young children in Japan. In the study of 50,734 children aged three

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Insufficient vitamin D linked to miscarriage among women with prior pregnancy loss

Among women planning to conceive after a pregnancy loss, those who had sufficient levels of vitamin D were more likely to become pregnant and have a live birth, compared to

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Research reveals concerning childbirth trends

Published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the research found the rate of postpartum haemorrhage or childbirth haemorrhage had increased by 50 per cent relative

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Variations in placental microbiota appear related to premature birth

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has found a surplus of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from premature births, supporting the hypothesis that maternal infection may cause preterm birth.