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C-Section Rates Have Nearly Doubled Since 2000: Study

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of women delivering babies via cesarean section has nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, to about 21 percent, new research shows. That's significantly higher than the 10 percent to 15…

Major Childbirth Complications More Likely for Black Women

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Black women have the highest risk of life-threatening birth complications in the United States, a new study finds. Compared to whites, black women had a 70 percent higher rate of major birth problems,…

Early Pushing in Childbirth Won't Hurt Mom or Baby, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Oct. 9, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Expectant moms will want to read this. Pushing sooner during childbirth is just as safe for most women and babies as pushing later, researchers report. The best time to start pushing during…

Number of Infants Born With Syphilis Reaches 20-Year High: CDC

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The number of newborns suffering from syphilis has nearly tripled in recent years, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. Cases jumped from 362 in 2013 to 918 in 2017 -- the highest number in 20…

As More U.S. Women Delay Childbirth, Multiple Births May Rise

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- More American women than ever are having twins, triplets, quadruplets and even quintuplets, and it's not just because some are using fertility treatments, new research shows. Since the 1980s,…

Moms Who Smoked as Teens More Likely to Deliver Smaller Babies

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- A woman's risk of having a baby with a low birth weight is higher if she starts smoking in her teens, a new study suggests. That's because women who start smoking as teens are far more likely to…

Most First-Time Moms Say Labor Pains Were Manageable

THURSDAY, May 24, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Many first-time mothers have mistaken ideas about managing the pain of childbirth, a new survey reveals. The survey, commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), included more…

More Risk of Complications If Vaginal Birth Follows Prior C-Section: Study

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of complications during vaginal birth is higher for mothers and infants if the mother previously had a cesarean delivery, a new study reports. However, the researchers stressed that the overall…

For Female Soldiers, Deployment May Up Risk for Premature Birth

FRIDAY, March 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- American soldiers who have babies after a recent deployment are at increased risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests. The finding comes from the analysis of data on nearly 12,900 births to U.S.…

Do Women Really Need to Starve Themselves During Labor?

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After hours of grueling labor, mothers-to-be are often thirsty and hungry. But hospital nurses usually restrict them to ice chips. For about 1,200 women in a new study, however, access to food and…

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story…

Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., New Report Finds

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts…