The microbiome of a woman's reproductive tract may predict preterm birth
Aug 17, 2015
The microbiomes in the reproductive tracts of pregnant women who later had a baby born too soon are significantly different from those of women who delivered full term.
Discovery could improve in vitro fertilization success rates for women around the world
Jul 07, 2015
Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University, Stanford University, University of Valencia and IGENOMIX have discovered that chromosomal abnormalities in human embryos created for in vitro fertilization, or IVF, can be ...
Researcher suggests changes to consent forms for pregnant women undergoing prenatal DNA screening
Jun 04, 2015 report
(Medical Xpress)—Diana Bianchi, executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature calling for changes to consent forms given to pregnant ...
New treatment hope for pregnant women with high blood pressure
Jun 04, 2015
Exciting research from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research has found new answers for pregnant women with high blood pressure, which is also a characteristic of the serious condition, pre-eclampsia.
Does mom's cellphone startle the fetus?
May 06, 2015
(HealthDay)—The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests.
New IVF device may improve fertility treatment
Apr 28, 2015
For couples struggling to conceive the old-fashioned way, in vitro fertilization (IVF) provides an alternate route to starting a family. When eggs are mixed with sperm in test tubes, the fertilized eggs to grow into embryos ...
Large headed women found to have pelvis shape to allow for delivery of large headed babies
Apr 21, 2015 report
(MedicalXpress)—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Oslo, in Norway, the other with the University of Vienna in Austria, has found that women with large heads tend to have birth canals that are shaped differently ...
Trio contrast approaches taken by Britain versus the US concerning mitochondrial replacement therapy
Apr 10, 2015 report
(Medical Xpress)—Glenn Cohen, with Harvard University, Julian Savulescu, with the University of Oxford and Eli Adashi with Brown University have together written and published a Perspectives piece in the journal Science, ...
High-fat diet, obesity during pregnancy harms stem cells in developing fetus
Dec 24, 2014
Physician-scientists at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital reveal a high-fat diet and obesity during pregnancy compromise the blood-forming, or hematopoietic, stem cell system in the fetal liver responsible for creating ...
Babies in your 30s? Don't worry, your great-grandma did it too
Dec 19, 2014
The shift towards late motherhood – commonly defined as motherhood after 35 – is often presented as a story of progress and technological liberation from the biological clock.