Articles on Maternal health

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There are several different brands of lactation cookies on the market geared towards breastfeeding mums. From shutterstock.com

No, there’s no evidence cookies can help with lactation

Milk and cookies might be a famous combination, but there's little evidence so-called lactation biscuits can promote milk flow in breastfeeding mothers.
Research with almost 500,000 women in Alberta, Canada, reveals connections between fainting in pregnancy and medical problems in both mother and child. (Unsplash/Chris Benson)

Fainting during pregnancy can be risky for mother and child

Research shows fainting in pregnancy may be associated with medical problems for the child at birth and heart conditions in the mother post delivery.
The recent maternal health crisis of tennis player Serena Williams was a flash point for many health professionals. A photo of Williams with her daughter from her Instagram account. Instagram/SerenaWilliams

9 ways racism impacts maternal health

As we celebrate moms this Mother’s Day, let's remember that maternal health is a right that many do not enjoy.
Doulas support women before, during and after childbirth. A new review explores the important role they play. From shutterstock.com

What is a doula and how do they help women giving birth?

Supporting women to have a labour companion or doula of their choice during childbirth has benefits for women and their babies. It could be especially important for women from migrant backgrounds.
Up to half of stillbirths happen unexpectedly and a clear cause is never identified. from shutterstock.com

Five ways to reduce the risk of stillbirth

A Senate Report has put forward 16 recommendations to reduce rates of stillbirth in Australia targeting a 20% reduction in the rate within three years. We can do this by focusing on five practices.
There is a lack of information on medications for pregnant women because many clinical trials specifically exclude pregnant women. From shutterstock.com

Why researchers are testing Viagra for women during pregnancy

A new wave of research is looking at how drugs we're already familiar with can be used in prenancy to improve outcomes for unborn babies.

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