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Improved access to Midwifery Units is urgently needed, says new study

A high number of pregnant women in England cannot access the maternity care most appropriate for them, according to a new study, which could be costing the NHS millions of

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Some antibiotics prescribed during pregnancy linked with birth defects

Children of mothers prescribed macrolide antibiotics during early pregnancy are at an increased risk of major birth defects, particularly heart defects, compared with children of mothers prescribed penicillin, finds a

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Infants of mums who smoke while pregnant at heightened risk of of fracture during first year of life

Infants of mothers who smoke during early pregnancy appear to have a small increased risk of fractures during the first year of life, finds a study from Sweden published by The

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Sperm donation to strangers after death should be allowed in the UK, say ethicists

Ethicists say it is technically feasible and ‘morally permissible’ to plug gap in supply and growing demand Men in the UK should be allowed to voluntarily donate their sperm after

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Trial suggests inducing labour over ‘wait and see’ approach for late term pregnancies

Induction at 41 weeks looks like the safer option for women and their babies Inducing labour at 41 weeks in low risk pregnancies is associated with a lower risk of

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Fish oil supplement in pregnancy is linked to increase in lean and bone mass by age 6 years

Fish oil supplement in the later stages of pregnancy is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI) in children in the first six years of life, which is explained

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Risk of birth defects increases with antidepressants prescribed during pregnancy

A study in the British Medical Journal reveals that antidepressants prescribed to pregnant women could increase the chance of having a baby with birth defects. The risk – 6 to

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Acupuncture may alleviate babies’ infantile colic

Acupuncture may be an effective treatment option for babies with infantile colic – those who cry for more than 3 hours a day on 3 or more days of the

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Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to low birthweight and intensive care

Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to low birthweight and intensive care Use of cannabis during pregnancy is linked to low birthweight and the need for intensive care, reveals an analysis of