New study suggests that women should avoid alcohol around the time of conception.
The view that sex-selective abortion is unethical is widely shared. But those who propose to use the law to prevent it need to supply a clear, compelling moral justification.
Academics from different disciplines come Head to Head in this series to tackle topical debates.
The number of UK babies being born to surrogate mothers has risen by 255% in the past six years.
Even if survival rates for very premature infants have improved, it’s dubious that there is a moral reason to lower the abortion limit.
Research reveals two strategies women can use to lower the risks of stillbirth: counting kicks, and sleeping on their left side.
Research suggests that sleeping on your back can increase the chances of stillbirth. Pregnant women need better access to such vital information.
A recent study found that a woman's blood pressure before pregnancy can help predict her child's gender. And it's not the only indicator.
Almost half of pregnant women in Australia said they drank alcohol before they knew they were pregnant.
Recent animal studies show the developing embryo is highly susceptible to environmental changes and the actions of the mother in early stages of pregnancy.
What are the hormones that cause cravings during pregnancy?
Multiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the foetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, foetal growth and birth.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
US row might suggest using feotal tissue is new - in fact it's not only a long-held practice, but essential for many medical breakthroughs.
Marlise’s husband and parents say her body is being used as an incubator.
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This little tyke is already hard at work studying.
Human foetuses begin to hear sounds outside the womb at about 27 weeks. But whether foetuses can learn from these sounds…
Stressful times for mum increase the risk of later problems for her baby.
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Representing foetuses as “babies” can have a serious impact on women’s access to contraception and abortion.
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