Two childhood friends have undergone transplant surgery to save the lives of their children who were born with the same rare condition.
Tara Sturman, 35, and Andrea Cobbold, 33, donated parts of their livers to their children at King's College Hospital in London with the hope that it would save their babies' lives from a condition called biliary atresia.The birth defect affects about 50 babies in England and Wales each year. So far ... Continue reading
Acupuncture can increase the chances of women having a baby with IVF treatment by 65%, according to research.
The needle therapy makes IVF treatment more successful by helping the lining of the uterus become more receptive to receiving an embryo, scientists claim.Susan Seenan of Infertility Network UK said, "Preliminary results from this study appear to show that acupuncture given with embryo transfer can help improve success rates and we ... Continue reading
Woman wanting caesareans for no medical reason should be offered counselling to help them overcome their fear of childbirth, experts have said.
A study from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, found that more than 40% of first-time mothers had a clinical fear of giving birth after hearing stories from family and friends who had bad experiences.These women were least likely to be happy about the delivery and some were afraid their child ... Continue reading
Pregnant women should consider avoiding caffeine say researchers who found even moderate consumption in early pregnancy raises the risk of miscarriage.
Currently, the Food Standards Agency sets an upper limit during pregnancy of 300mg – or four cups of coffee a day – but a US study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found 200mg of caffeine a day doubled the risk compared to women who abstained. Experts said they ... Continue reading
A Mediterranean diet during pregnancy could ward off asthma and allergies in babies, say researchers.
A study suggests mothers-to-be who eat a diet rich in olive oil, fruit, vegetables and fish may prime their unborn children for better health. The Mediterranean diet has long been recommended to improve heart health and stave off cancer and the latest research shows children whose mothers had a high-quality Mediterranean ... Continue reading
Midwives are being forced to oversee more births than they were six years ago.
This is causing midwives to feel they're unable to give women the support they need to ensure a safe delivery.In some parts of the country midwives are in charge of 25% more births as they were in 2001, according to the official figures obtained by the Liberal Democrats.The average midwife is ... Continue reading
Pollution caused by heavy traffic stunts the growth of babies in the womb, according to Australian research.
The study, published in the international journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that pregnant women who live in traffic-heavy suburbs are carrying smaller foetuses than those from "cleaner" areas. The Brisbane researchers say their findings are the first to illustrate the effect of air pollution before birth, the most vital and vulnerable ... Continue reading
Peanut eating is back in the spotlight with new research showing that parents who eat lots of peanuts are more likely to have children with a peanut allergy
A government funded study of hundreds of households revealed babies are more likely to develop a peanut allergy if the popular snack is eaten regularly at home.Interestingly, the link applied not to nuts eaten by children themselves, but to those eaten by family members. The study, carried out at Imperial College ... Continue reading
Pregnant or breastfeeding women need to boost their intake of vitamin D in the winter months, says the government.
The advice comes after doctors warned they were seeing increasing cases of rickets in young children as a result of vitamin D deficiency. Rickets is a bone disease that was common at the start of the last century but was thought to be eradicated in the 1950s because of better nutrition. ... Continue reading
Fertility regulators plan to cap the number of IVF related multiple births, it was announced yesterday.
Clinics are currently permitted to return two or even three embryos to a woman's womb during IVF treatment, maximising the chances of at least one of the embryos resulting in a successful pregnancy. But proposals from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority aim to limit women to one embryo wherever possible.The ... Continue reading
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