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A single missing gene leads to miscarriage

A single gene of the mother plays such a crucial role in the development of the placenta that its dysfunction leads to miscarriages. Researchers from the Medical Faculty of Ruhr-Universität

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Experts raise safety concerns about cardboard baby boxes

Cardboard baby boxes are being promoted for infant sleep as a safe alternative to more traditional cots, bassinets, or Moses baskets, without any evidence in place, warn experts in The BMJ recently.

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AXifeed – The only truly tamper-evident EBM storage bottle range

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE The AXifeed Expressed Breastmilk (EBM) storage bottle and cap range, from specialist neonatal supplier Central Medical Supplies Ltd (CMS), is the only truly tamper-evident system, providing clear verification

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Postpartum depression linked to mother’s pain after childbirth

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

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NMC celebrates ambitious changes to nursing education in Scotland

Scotland’s Chief Nurse, Professor Fiona McQueen, and representatives from across the health and care sector in Scotland joined together in Edinburgh recently to mark the launch of ambitious new nursing education

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Leading baby loss charity launches support leaflets in 30 languages

Approximately 700 babies are lost each day in the UK during pregnancy, at birth or in infancy, yet baby loss remains a secretive and deeply traumatic experience for both parents.

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Breastfeeding changes gene activity that may make babies less reactive to stress

It has long been known that there are many physical and mental health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies. But can these benefits be due to genetic changes induced

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Bariatric surgery linked to safer childbirth for the mother

Obese mothers who lose weight through bariatric surgery can have safer deliveries. The positive effects are many, including fewer caesarean sections, infections, tears and haemorrhages, and fewer cases of post-term

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Pregnant women recognise baby expressions and cries differently depending on their mental health history

A pilot study has found that pregnant women who have suffered from mental health such as depression or bipolar disorder (i.e. both mania and depression) recognise babies’ faces and how

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Inflammation in the womb may explain why some babies are more prone to sepsis after birth

Intra-amniotic inflammation caused by short-term prenatal endotoxin exposure leads first to acute feotal lung and gut immune responses, followed by systemic inflammation after birth, reports The American Journal of Pathology Each