Our study found babies born via medical or surgical intervention were at increased risk of health problems, from jaundice and feeding issues, to diabetes, respiratory infections and eczema.
Women often express a fear of giving birth en route to the hospital, and these fears have some basis.
The baby bonus did its job, encouraging people to have more children at a time when fertility rates were low.
Women born in South Asian countries like India or Pakistan are more likely to have a stillbirth than women born in Australia or New Zealand.
The particular makeup of a newborn’s gut microbes is important as it has been shown to affect their risk of developing certain diseases later in childhood and adulthood.
The make-up of our gut is constantly changing and affects everything from our immune system and digestion, to our brain function.
Here's how cultural practices are playing a role in many countries in incentivizing parents to educate their girls.