We still don’t know if being in lockdown during the pandemic really does lead to fewer premature babies, as some people report. Maybe we’re trying too hard to find some good news.
Artwork of men wearing facemasks seen on the street walls in Mathare slums to create awareness of stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Social protection measures and food distribution targeting adolescents in informal settlements are urgently needed.
A heavily pregnant woman collects firewood in the Malambo district of Ngorongoro, Tanzania.
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Even though the spouse escort policy carries good intentions, we found during our study that it constituted a barrier to care in numerous ways.
As well as introducing mandatory pregnancy alcohol warning labels, we need to address the high rates of alcohol use during pregnancy at a societal level.
In South Africa, both HIV and pre-eclampsia are a burden to maternal health.
Reducing maternal deaths in developing countries relies on the ability of health systems to swiftly identify and manage women at high risk.
We found babies born to mothers who used cannabis during pregnancy were likely to weigh less and be born earlier. Our study adds to a growing body of evidence on this topic.
The percentage of women receiving the recommended perinatal mental health screening has tripled since 2000 – but one in five women are still missing out.
Unhelpful comments can be a source of stress for people struggling with infertility, and can mean that seeking social support can result in more, rather than less, distress.
Most people don’t intend to be hurtful or insensitive in their conversations with people experiencing infertility — they often just don’t know what to say.
Newborn babies can pick up GBS from their mother’s vaginal tract during childbirth.
Special steps need to be taken to blunt the impact of school closures, particuarly on girls.
Condoms can act as a disease barrier.
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Doctors hear many of the same basic questions about sex from their patients.
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While identical twins are seen more as an accidental splitting of a single egg, there could be a good reason mothers produce non-identical twins from two separate eggs.
Her deep breath has to get to the baby.
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A fetus needs oxygen long before its lungs work and it’s exposed to the air. Some ingenious biochemistry explains how the mother’s blood delivers it.
One of the first babies born on 1 January 2020 in Lagos, Nigeria.
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Unfortunately, disrespectful and neglectful treatment of women during childbirth, including verbal, physical and emotional abuse is not uncommon.
The immune system is lower during pregnancy.
Our review found women with already high-risk pregnancies may have become more sick with COVID-19.
This pandemic could have adverse effects on pregnant women.
Measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 may worsen the already poor access to quality maternal health services in parts of the continent.
The “abortion pill” mifepristone.
With healthcare facilities burned by the Covid-19 pandemic, some countries have eased access to the “abortion pills” mifepristone and misoprostol (RU-486), a change that could signal a long-term shift.
It’s a very unsettling time, but don’t panic, keep abreast of the guidance, find time for you and stay in touch with your midwife.
A pregnant woman walks past a street mural in Hong Kong on March 23, 2020. With the coronavirus pandemic moving quickly, pregnant women are facing a changing health care system.
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As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, pregnant women are facing new health risks and a health care system that’s changing around them by the day.
Perinatal anxiety can happen during pregnancy and up to one year after giving birth.
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Our research found that stigma often prevents women from getting help for this hidden illness.