Preparing now can help keep you and your loved ones safe.
Researchers are developing artificial wombs as we speak. So we need to talk about the pros and cons before science fiction becomes reality.
Yes, there are pros and cons of this new reproductive technology. But there are many other issues about maternal and child health we need to tackle first.
Bonding in a busy hopsital can be tough for new parents and premature babies.
Soothing babies with song is a natural instinct for some parents, and research has shown just how powerful it can be for premature babies.
No mother wants their baby to develop jaundice, but it turns out that they should probably be grateful.
Crying may not tell the whole story.
We no longer perform surgery on babies without drugs, but a new study shows that we may be underestimating how much pain babies feel when they are under stress.
The much-hyped study didn’t actually test vitamin B3 supplementation in humans.
The new study on birth defects and vitamin B3 has important implications, but researchers didn’t actually give any of this vitamin to humans.
Some women, especially with diabetes, are recommended to express milk while still pregnant and to save it for their newborn. But it’s not for everyone.
Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it’s not suitable for all.
Kangaroo mother care: the marsupials have got it right.
Kangaroo mother care: the long-term benefits of closeness in the early days of life.
A simple heat pack can reduce pain and perineal tearing during childbirth.
Fear of perineal tearing is common as women prepare for childbirth. A simple warm pack can ease pain, prevent physical trauma and aid in recovery after your baby is born.
Talking with patients who’ve had Zika is tough.
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Physicians like me are learning about Zika along with our patients. This takes a dose of humility on our part and an understanding from our patients that we learn something new every single day.
Preterm babies are at significant risk of health and development problems, highlighting the need to get prevention strategies right.
New research has found a commonly used method of preventing early or pre-term birth (delivery of a baby before 37 weeks) may in fact be causing more to occur, and leading to further problems.
Midwives commonly supervise feeds and interject when women do something “wrong”.
The most common complaint is conflicting advice, as well as staff who are “bossy, judgemental and inaccessible” and who undermine women’s confidence.
During the first few minutes after birth a baby can receive 80-100 millilitres of blood – nearly a third of their blood volume.
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One of the most common surgical procedures undertaken in the world today – one that every human alive has undergone – is the clamping and cutting of the umbilical cord at birth.
Lost but found.
The shortage of donated organs means that for many in need of a life-saving transplant the only thing to do is wait, sometimes so long that the patient becomes too ill to undergo the operation. But much…