South Africa: Investigation Launched After Woman Gives Birth Outside Tshwane Clinic Gates
[News24Wire] Gauteng health officials are investigating the treatment of a woman who went into labour outside Stanza Bopape Community Health Centre after she was apparently turned away over the weekend. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 3, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zambia: Where Teens Can't Talk About Sex or Contraception, Even With Their Friends
[The Conversation Africa] Becoming pregnant constitutes a threat to young girls' health. That's because they have a higher risk of maternal complications than adult women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 3, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: Schools Welcome Rwf1.3 Billion Funding for Maternity Leave
[New Times] Public schools will, starting this financial year, be given extra funding for paying teachers who stand in for female educationists who are on maternity leave. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 3, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Milk and dairy products can help prevent chronic disease
(University of Granada) Á ngel Gil, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Granada, has recently coordinated a study reviewing worldwide scientific literature on the role of dairy products in health and in the prevention of chronic diseases (cardiovascular, metabolic syndrome, colon or bladder cancer, and type 2 diabetes). The review also covers the effects of dairy products on growth, bone mineral density, generation of muscle mass, and during pregnancy or breastfeeding (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 3, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pre-eclampsia may carry long-term heart risks for women
(Wiley) Pre-eclampsia is a potentially dangerous condition characterized by high blood pressure that arises in some pregnant women, but a review of published studies in Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine indicates that its effects on cardiovascular health can persist well after pregnancy. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GI Disease in 3 Pregnant Women
Possible gastrointestinal issues during gestation range from expected to significant threat. Choose your next steps for these 3 young women. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - July 3, 2019 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Ted W. James, MD Tags: Gastrointestinal Disorders Source Type: news

Data show how risk of stillbirth rises in pregnancies past term
Researchers say findings should help inform pregnant women ’s delivery decisions Related items fromOnMedica Additional routine ultrasounds benefit mothers and babies Step up efforts to curb smoking in pregnancy, government urged Women should leave at least a year between pregnancies Scotland publishes Maternity Care statistics Blood test developed to predict risk of premature birth (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 3, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Adverse Outcomes Up for Pregnant Women With Migraine
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 -- Pregnant women with migraine and their offspring have increased risks of several adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, according to a study recently published in Headache. Nils Skajaa, from Aarhus University Hospital in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 2, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Overdue babies are 'more likely to be stillborn'
Queen Mary University of London researchers analysed 15million pregnancies. They found any pregnancy that extends beyond 37 weeks carries a higher risk of the baby being stillborn. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stillbirth Risk Rises With Prolonged Pregnancies
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 -- The longer a pregnancy continues past term, the higher the risk of stillbirth, according to a new study that analyzed 15 million pregnancies. The highest risk of stillbirth occurred when pregnancies went beyond 41 weeks --... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

One in 10 pregnant women still smoking, warns chief midwife
England ’s top midwife has stressed the dangers of smoking while pregnant amid concerns about a lack of progress in getting more mothers-to-be to quit. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 2, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

After days on the run, pregnant Syrian woman finds safe haven and safe delivery
AL HOL CAMP, Syria –“I never expected that I would be in this situation and suffer so much,” 18-year-old Khadeeja told a UNFPA health worker in the Al-Hol Camp in northeastern Syria, where some 75,000 people have sought refuge from the mounting tensions in their hometowns. More than 90 per cent of the camp’s resi dents are women and girls.The conflict is intensifying in Khadeeja ’s town of Hajin. She and her husband, Mahmoud, fled earlier this month, walking for days and nights with little food or water. Khadeeja in the final stages of pregnancy at the time.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

AHA News: Air Pollution Means Pregnant Women Can't Breathe Easy
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Pregnant women receive a lot of instructions to ensure the healthiest possible baby: what to eat and drink, what to avoid, which vitamins to take, which activities to avoid and more. But... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Arsenic may interfere with pregnancy and children ’s health
Molly Kile studies pregnant women and their children in Bangladesh to learn about noncancer effects of arsenic exposure. (read more) (Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter)
Source: Environmental Factor - NIEHS Newsletter - July 2, 2019 Category: Environmental Health Source Type: news

How Does Sunshine During Pregnancy Affect Learning?
TUESDAY, July 2, 2019 -- Kids whose moms don't get enough sunshine during pregnancy may be more likely to develop learning difficulties, researchers report. The finding stems from data on more than 422,000 school-aged children in Scotland. Low... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 2, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

The protective role of mentalizing: reflective functioning as a mediator between child maltreatment, psychopathology and parental attitude in expecting parents - Berthelot N, Lemieux R, Garon-Bissonnette J, Lacharit é C, Muzik M.
BACKGROUND: Childhood maltreatment impacts parenting and has intergenerational consequences. It is therefore crucial to identify clinically responsive resilience-promoting factors in pregnant women and expecting men with history of childhood maltreatment. ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Is there an increased risk of criminal behavior among children who were in utero when their mothers were exposed to increased alcohol availability? A register-based study using a natural experiment setting - Thern E, Ramstedt M, Tynelius P, Rasmussen F.
This study examined whether exposure to increased alcohol availability while pregnant is as... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Neurological Outcomes After Pregnancy With Migraine Neurological Outcomes After Pregnancy With Migraine
Is maternal migraine associated with increased risks of adverse pregnancy outcomes in the mother, or adverse birth, neonatal or postnatal outcomes in the offspring?Headache (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - July 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery Journal Article Source Type: news

Neural Tube Defects After Raltegravir During Pregnancy Neural Tube Defects After Raltegravir During Pregnancy
Is there an association between raltegravir exposure during pregnancy and the development of neural tube defects?JAIDS: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 2, 2019 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS Journal Article Source Type: news

Fall in smoking rates slows
Government at risk of missing target to reduce rates of smoking in pregnancy to 6% by 2022 Related items fromOnMedica Maternity care better in some respects – but still many problems Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women Deprived women 60% less likely to have any antenatal care Some hospitals tell women requesting caesareans to go elsewhere Youngest and oldest mothers ’ babies have highest risk of problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - July 2, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

10 Medical Myths We Should Stop Believing. Doctors, Too.
Researchers identified nearly 400 common medical practices and theories that were contradicted by rigorous studies. Here are some of the most notable findings. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - July 1, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Gina Kolata Tags: Medicine and Health Doctors Asthma Allergies Peanuts Pregnancy and Childbirth Testosterone Babies and Infants Memory Omega-3 Fatty Acids Oils and Fats Clinical Trials Knees Physical Therapy Journal of the American Medical Assn Source Type: news

Why pregnant women need to dose up on vitamin D
Babies whose vitamin D are sub-par at birth are at a 60 percent greater risk of developing high systolic blood pressure between ages six and 18, according to the American Heart Association study. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug Safety Update: Oral retinoid medicines - revised and simplified pregnancy prevention educational materials for healthcare professionals and women
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Drug Safety Update highlights new and updated advice. (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - July 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Lesotho: 'We Are Now Aware That Everyone Has Rights, Including Sex Workers and LGBTI' - What's Changed in Lesotho Since 1994
[UNFPA] Maseru, Lesotho -"We are now aware that everyone has rights, including key populations such as sex workers and the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people)," said Chairperson of the Parliamentary Social Cluster Portfolio Committee Moshoeshoe Fako. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 1, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: African Abortions Rose Under U.S. Policy to Stop Them, Study Says
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] New York -When the policy was in place in the Bush era, modern contraception use declined by 14% and pregnancy rates rose 12% in countries most reliant on U.S. family planning aid (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 1, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

AHA News: Summer Heat Brings Special Health Risks for Pregnant Women
MONDAY, July 1, 2019 (American Heart Association News) -- Hot summer weather impacts some people more than others, and pregnant women are among those most likely to become overheated. Barely more than a week into summer and as heat waves blanket... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 1, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

The American Medical Association Is Taking a More Aggressive Approach on Abortion Legislation
The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Donald Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion. The group, which represents all types of physicians in the U.S., has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial social issues, which, until recently, included abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation affecting the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership. But, says AMA President Patrice Harris, t...
Source: TIME: Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Rovner / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized politics Source Type: news

The American Medical Association is no Longer Neutral on Abortion
The American Medical Association is suing North Dakota to block two abortion-related laws, the latest signal the doctors’ group is shifting to a more aggressive stance as the Donald Trump administration and state conservatives ratchet up efforts to eliminate legal abortion. The group, which represents all types of physicians in the U.S., has tended to stay on the sidelines of many controversial social issues, which, until recently, included abortion and contraception. Instead, it has focused on legislation affecting the practice and finances of large swaths of its membership. But, says AMA President Patrice Harris, t...
Source: TIME: Health - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Julie Rovner / Kaiser Health News Tags: Uncategorized politics Source Type: news

Ghana: Palm Wine Kills Wife, Son
[Ghanaian Times] Goaso -The Police at Goaso have arrested a 46-year-old palm wine tapper for allegedly killing his pregnant wife and one-year-old son at Kokofu, a farming community near Nkaseim in the Asutifi South District of the Ahafo Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 1, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Clinics Deny Women Their Full Reproductive Health Rights
[Daily Maverick] Sexual and reproductive health rights are enshrined in the Constitution, but in reality, young women seeking contraception at clinics are often denied full access to these rights. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 1, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Three-dimensional model illuminates key aspects of early development
(Rockefeller University) Researchers have created a new 3D model of human embryonic tissue that promises to shed light on critical components of development -- including processes that go awry during pregnancy complications. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 1, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

After WIC offered better food options, maternal and infant health improved
(University of California - San Francisco) A major 2009 revision to a federal nutrition program for low-income pregnant women and children improved recipients' health on several key measures, researchers at UC San Francisco have found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Alcohol and pregnancy policies: Birth outcomes & prenatal care use by race
(Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation) This research examines whether effects of alcohol/pregnancy policies vary by race.Results show that the effect of alcohol/pregnancy policies varied by race for preterm birth, varied in a few cases for low birthweight, and generally did not vary for prenatal care use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study finds electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells
(University of California - Riverside) A research team at the University of California, Riverside, has found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted to youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in neural stem cells, which are critical cells in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Calling Them'Heartbeat' Laws Is Misleading And Cruel
The human fetus is a long way from having a heartbeat just six weeks into pregnancy, but experts say the abortion-tied term can be harmful right away. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Janet Burns, Contributor Source Type: news

Calling Abortion Bans'Heartbeat' Laws Is Misleading And Cruel
The human fetus is a long way from having a heartbeat just six weeks into pregnancy, but experts say this language can be harmful right away. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 1, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Janet Burns, Contributor Source Type: news

The psychosocial impact of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy as a predictor of postpartum depression - Bray N, Grasby KL, Lind PA, Painter JN, Colodro-Conde L, Medland SE.
This study examined the extent to which psychosocial impact of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy predicts postpartum depression using a retrospective design. Data from a cross-sectional survey investigating women's experiences of nausea and vomiting dur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Parenting tips on avoiding toxics aren't enough - we need real action to protect our kids | Sonya Lunder
The onus of protecting children from chemicals should fall on manufacturers and regulators, not parentsThe other week I got an urgent email from a friend. His wife is newly pregnant and he was concerned that her super fragrant, aerosol “dry shampoo” was toxic. Could I review the ingredients and let him know what to do?This type of request is common for me. As a scientist and anti-toxin advocate, I ’ve delved deeply into the safety of ingredients in body care products. From my research I know that these types of household products still routinely contain dangerous ingredients like lead, mercury, and formal...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 30, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Sonya Lunder Tags: Science Environment US news Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How do breasts change during and after pregnancy?
Changes in the breasts are a regular occurrence during and after pregnancy. Breast changes vary from person to person and can occur whether a woman breastfeeds or not. Learn more about the types of changes and when they may signal an underlying condition. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Early pregnancy stress tied to sons' infertility
Men may be more likely to experience fertility problems if their mothers endured stressful life events early in pregnancy, a recent study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 29, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Howard University Hospital opens center for low-income military families
Howard University Hospital announced Friday the opening of its new health center specifically for military families. The center, located on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, provides food and nutrition resources for low-income military families who qualify for the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program. It is the Howard hospital's third WIC center in the District. WIC is a governmental plan for both pregnant and postpartum women with children up to age 5. To qualify, participants must be at… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 28, 2019 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Laura Spitalniak Source Type: news

Cut off from care in flooded Zimbabwe, pregnant women airlifted to safety
HARARE, Zimbabwe –Chioniso Mutenda, 18 years old and nine months pregnant, lies on a bed in Mutambara Mission Hospital ’s maternity waiting home. She is tired but relieved. Until recently, her safety and health were not assured. Just weeks ago, she survived Cyclone Idai, one of the worst storms to ever strike in the southern hemisphere.“The cyclone was powerful,” Ms. Mutenda recalled. “It destroyed houses, buildings and swept away people.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Effects of Interventions Addressing School Environments or Educational Assets on Adolescent Sexual Health: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
CONCLUSIONSAdditional and more rigorous evidence is needed to assess the probability that interventions addressing school-related factors are effective and to provide better understanding of the mechanisms by which they may work to improve adolescent sexual health. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Supreme Court Rejects Alabama ’s Appeal on Ruling Blocking State’s Ban on Abortion Procedure
(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court won’t revive Alabama’s attempt to ban the most commonly used procedure in second-trimester abortions after the measure was blocked by lower courts. The justices on Friday rejected the state’s appeal and declined to review a lower court ruling that blocked the law. The 2016 Alabama law sought to ban the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation, a procedure Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall referred to in court filings as “dismemberment abortion.” Lower courts have blocked similar laws in Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, but...
Source: TIME: Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: MARK SHERMAN and KIM CHANDLER / AP Tags: Uncategorized abortion alabama onetime Source Type: news

Woman, 44, has baby after three failed IVF attempts when sperm-barren husband takes supplement
Karen O'Brien, 44, of Dublin, tried to get pregnant for five years. After multiple IVF failures, a test revealed her husband, Allan Kennedy, had damaged sperm. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Abortion Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Georgia Heartbeat Law
Lawyers for Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a forthcoming Georgia law that would ban abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The lawsuit marks the latest effort by women’s health advocates to push back on a recent string of policies meant to restrict abortion access in U.S. states. In filing the lawsuit, the groups hope that a judge will decide that Georgia’s law is unconstitutional and block it from taking effect as scheduled on Jan. 1, 2020. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta on beha...
Source: TIME: Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized georgia onetime Source Type: news

Supreme Court declines Alabama bid to revive abortion restriction
The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday sidestepped a major new challenge to abortion rights by declining to hear Alabama's bid to revive a Republican-backed state law that would have effectively banned the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication:Use of long-term, high-dose Diflucan (fluconazole) during pregnancy may be associated with birth defects in infants
[8-03-2011] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that chronic, high doses (400-800 mg/day) of the antifungal drug Diflucan (fluconazole) may be associated with a rare and distinct set of birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with the drug during the first trimester of pregnancy. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - June 28, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

South Africa: 'Break the Silence on Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues'
[allAfrica] Johannesburg -For about two year now, South African public hospitals have been experiencing the shortage of contraceptives like Depo-provera, Nuristate and the pill with no clear explanation. The shortages come at at time when women and activists are calling for more contraceptive choices. These shortages result in increased unwanted pregnancies which result in the boom of illegal abortion businesses as women do not seek abortion services from public health facilities because they fear how the response to their requests (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 28, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Ekumfi Youth Sensitised On Teenage Pregnancy
[Ghanaian Times] Essuohyia -A workshop aimed at sensitising the youth against teenage pregnancy and early child marriage, is underway at Essuohyia in the Ekumfi District of the Central Region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - June 28, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news