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Having a Baby: Birth Plans & Stages of Labor
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January 22nd, 2015
A birth plan will help a woman describe her delivery preferences as she goes through the stages of labor.
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Vaginal Cutting During Childbirth Is on the Decline
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January 13th, 2015
Episiotomy, the deliberate cutting of a woman's perineum during childbirth, is on the decline. But where a woman delivers strongly influences her chance of undergoing this procedure.
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US Preterm Birth Rate Drops to 17-Year Low
The annual "report card" of the nation's preterm birth rate from the March of Dimes.
November 6th, 2014
The percentage of babies born prematurely in the United States dropped again last year, reaching a 17-year low, according to a new report.
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Opioid Prescriptions May Put Unborn Children at Risk, CDC Warns
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January 22nd, 2015
Many U.S. women who are in their childbearing years are prescribed opioid painkillers, powerful medications that can cause birth defects, a new study finds.
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C-Section Rates Continue to Decline in the US
A stethoscope on a pregnant woman's belly
November 4th, 2014
The number of babies delivered by cesarean section in the U.S. has increased dramatically over the past several decades, but that trend is now reversing, according to a new CDC report.
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From Birth to Death, Diet Affects the Brain's Health
Brain Power
November 19th, 2014
Poor diets may adversely affect mental health in all stages of life, from fetal development through old age, a slew of new research shows.
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