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Campaigners call for UK preconception health strategy as new research finds troubling trends in women’s lifestyles while trying for a baby

New research [1] from UK pregnancy charity Tommy’s shows most women still consume harmful substances like alcohol and caffeine while trying for a baby, suggesting low awareness of the risks and

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Breastfeeding, even for a few days, linked to lower blood pressure in early childhood

Babies who were breastfed, even for a few days, had lower blood pressure as toddlers and these differences in blood pressure may translate into improved heart and vascular health as

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No sign of COVID-19 vaccine in breast milk

Messenger RNA vaccines against COVID-19 were not detected in human milk, according to a small study by UC San Francisco, providing early evidence that the vaccine mRNA is not transferred

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Geography determines survival for babies born with birth defects across the world

Survival for a baby born with a birth defect – otherwise known as a congenital anomaly – is dependent on where you are born, a new study reveals. Babies born

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New risk model may improve the prediction of preterm birth

The health outcomes of preterm babies can be significantly improved by timely and appropriate interventions in women presenting with preterm labour. However, the non-specific nature of presenting signs and symptoms

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Plastic drapes reduce hypothermia in premature babies

Most babies born prematurely or with health problems are quickly whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where they might require assisted heating devices to regulate their temperature.

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Learn about personalised care in maternity services with a new free 30-minute module

A personalised care e-learning module for maternity healthcare professionals has been launched. This resource equips learners with the expertise to place women at the centre of their care so they

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Analysis of child deaths in England shows importance of care for premature and young babies

Findings show infant mortality rate (children under one year old) was 3.4 deaths per 1,000 live births Actions to reduce the number of babies born before 37 weeks’ gestation and

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First months decisive for immune system development

Many diseases caused by a dysregulated immune system, such as allergies, asthma and autoimmunity, can be traced back to events in the first few months after birth. To date, the

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Healthy diet before, during pregnancy linked to lower complications

A healthy diet around the time of conception through the second trimester may reduce the risk of several common pregnancy complications, suggests a study by researchers at the National Institutes