childbirth

Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: New Studies Add to the Debate

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What began as a religious procedure has become a highly debated topic among parents and medical professionals. For more than 20 years, the number of circumcisions per year has declined drastically. Today, 55 percent of the 2 million baby boys born each year undergo the procedure, compared to 79 percent in the 1980s. The reason... read more

Fever During Labor? It’s Not Because of the Epidural

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Did you know you might get a fever during labor? In the past, it's been suggested that epidural analgesia (the pain meds) is what causes laboring moms to burn up, but a new study in the August issue of Anesthesiology provides some surprising insight into the cause of maternal intrapartum fever (MIF). University of... read more

Maternal Deaths Are Declining, But Not in the US

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Photo: Veer
The number of women dying from pregnancy and childbirth has dropped 47 percent since 1990. In a report by the United nations, maternal deaths had fallen to 287,000 in 2010, while in 1990, the UN estimated about 543,000 deaths. According to The New York Times, the decline was caused by an increase in contraceptive... read more

Post-term Babies Might Be More Likely to Develop Behavioral Problems

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Photo: Getty Images / The Bump
We know about the health risks associated with preterm babies, but new research has found that post-term babies (born after 42 weeks gestation) have a higher risk of behavioral and emotional problems like ADHD. According to MSNBC, researchers analyzed pregnant women in the Netherlands who were expecting from April 2002 to January 2006. The... read more

Jessica Simpson’s a New Mom (Finally)!

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Photo: Janet Mayer / PR Photos
Congratulations to Jessica Simpson, who gave birth this morning in an LA hospital. She and fiance Eric Johnson are now proud parents to baby girl Maxwell Drew Johnson, who weighed in at 9 pounds 13 ounces and measured 21 3/4 inches, the couple announced on Jessica's website. We've been waiting for... read more

Childbirth Takes 2 Hours Longer Than It Did In the ‘60s

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Photo: Veer / The Bump
Pregnant women spend a lot more time in the delivery room than their counterparts did 50 years ago. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology by the National Institutes of Health, researchers believe that changes in delivery room practice may be the cause of the increase in... read more