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Protecting or harming? The exclusion of pregnant women from the Covid-19 vaccine trials

Dr Sophie Williams, Academic Lead in Psychology at the University of Derby, examines the decision to exclude women from trials for the Covid-19 vaccine and the history behind this decision.


Pregnant women show robust immune response to COVID vaccines

In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard have found the


NMC reflects on extraordinary time one year on from the first Covid-19 national lockdown

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has launched a week of reflections on the year of Covid-19 – highlighting and celebrating the achievements of nurses, midwives, nursing associates and nursing


Exercise during pregnancy may save kids from health problems as adults

Exercise during pregnancy may let mothers significantly reduce their children’s chances of developing diabetes and other metabolic diseases later in life, new research suggests. A study in lab mice has


Birthweight strongly linked to type 2 diabetes risk in adulthood

A birthweight of 2.5 kg or more is strongly linked to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood, finds research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research


Midwife, Emily, wins £2,500 Pure Foundation Fund for exceptional care and support for expectant mothers during the COVID health crisis

A whole host of healthcare professionals are involved in the pregnancy, birth and post-natal journey, – from midwives, doctors, nurses and surgeons to anaesthetists, obstetricians, neonatal professionals and health visitors. These


Midlands maternity triage system goes digital

A maternity triage system developed by clinicians and researchers from the West Midlands has launched training online for the first time, becoming readily available to maternity teams across the UK.


Pregnant women pass along protective Covid antibodies to their babies

Antibodies that guard against Covid-19 can transfer from mothers to babies while in the womb, according to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers published in the


COVID-19 infection in pregnancy not linked with stillbirth or baby death

COVID-19 infection in pregnancy is not associated with stillbirth or early neonatal death, according to a new study. However the research, from over 4000 pregnant women with suspected or confirmed


Fetal exposure to antibiotics in mid to late pregnancy linked to heightened childhood asthma risk

Fetal exposure to antibiotics in mid to late pregnancy may be linked to a heightened risk of childhood asthma, suggests research published online in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. The