Can midwives reduce rural maternal mortality?
The U.S. maternal mortality rate is higher than in Canada, Japan, or any Western European country — even higher than the rate in Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan.
Washington state has 2nd lowest infant mortality rate in US
Washington state has second lowest infant mortality rate, 3.88/1000 live births; Massachusetts, at 3.66/1000, lowest – National rate 5.9.
Children of women exposed to high level of pollutants during pregnancy may have lower IQs
A new study found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of women exposed to lower levels.
Air pollution linked newborn intensive care admissions
For some types of pollution, chances for admission increased as much as 147%, compared to infants whose mothers did not encounter high levels of air pollution i the week before delivery.
Pregnancy infection increases a child’s autism, suicide risk, UW study finds
Any infection in the mother during pregnancy may increase a child’s risk of autism and depression.
Trump administration moves to cut Planned Parenthood funding
HHS Finalizes Rule Seeking To Expel Planned Parenthood From Family Planning Program By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News The Trump administration Friday finalized a regulation intended to push Planned Parenthood out of the Title X federal family planning program, keeping…
Is pot or CBD use safe while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Talk with a Doc: Cannabis use while pregnant and breastfeeding Public Health Insider Now that retail cannabis is legal in Washington, there’s a lot of speculation about its potential benefits and harms. Whether it’s marijuana, edibles, CBD products, or any…
Postpartum Psychosis: Real, Rare And Dangerous
Elevated hormones from childbirth — plus sleep deprivation — can trigger confusion and paranoia.
How childbearing varies among US women
There are differences between when U.S. women have children, how many they have and the time they have between births.
Meth and opioid use during pregnancy rises, study
Amphetamine and opioid use in pregnancy has increased substantially over the last decade in the U.S., particularly in rural counties, a new study has found
Women Applaud Michelle Obama’s Decision To Share Her Trauma Of Miscarriage
The former first lady’s disclosure that she had a miscarriage has sparked conversations about this common but also commonly misunderstood loss.
Childbirth in the Age of Addiction
While most mothers who get a bottle of pain pills when leaving the hospital won’t develop dependence or an addiction, some will.
More U.S. Women Dying From Childbirth. How One State Bucks the Trend.
While the maternal mortality rate has been on the rise in the United States, California has brought its rate down 55 percent from 2006 to 2013.
States Act To Safeguard Young Cancer Patients’ Chances To Have Children
Health insurance doesn’t typically cover fertility preservation care, so patients and their families may be deterred by the cost.
How to Boost Vaccine Rates for Low-Income Families
A 5-state project aims to improve vaccination rates among low-income children and pregnant women, using registries to track the immunization of all residents.