Newborn Health

Born Too Soon

Preterm birth complication is the leading contributor to death among children under five years worldwide. What do the policy makers need to know and do?

In Celebration of Breastfeeding

Jessica explains why she loves breastfeeding, and why we must ensure that everyone knows more about the benefits.

Breastfeeding: Foundation for Life

Breastfeeding is regarded as the best foundation for life for newborn infants, and has health benefits for new mothers too.

Air pollution exposure 'not linked to ADHD'

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may not be linked to an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other symptoms of hyperactivity in children, according to new research. The study was carried out at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain,...

New definition of skilled health personnel

WHO, FIGO, UNFPA, UNICEF, ICM, ICN, and IPA we have published a joint statement on a new definition of skilled health personnel providing care during childbirth.

Breast milk 'may help to prevent food allergies in children'

Breastfeeding children could be an effective way of helping them to avoid developing food allergies, according to new research. A study led by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has found that the unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food...

Autism in children ‘not linked to eating fish during pregnancy’

Mothers who eat fish during pregnancy are not increasing their children’s risk of autism or autistic traits. This is according to a study by the University of Bristol, UK, which examined the assumption that mercury exposure during pregnancy is a major cause of autism. They conducted the...

More than one day of early pregnancy bleeding linked to lower birth weight

Women who experience vaginal bleeding for more than one day during the first trimester of pregnancy may be more likely to give birth to a smaller baby, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, US, have suggested. On average, full-term babies born to women with more than one day of bleeding...

EEG scans 'can detect signs of autism in very young infants'

New mothers could receive greater clarity on whether their children are affected by autism with the help of a simple electroencephalogram (EEG) scan. A new study from the Boston Children's Hospital in the US has revealed that low-cost EEGs can be used to measure electrical activity in the...

Healthy living prior to pregnancy 'necessary to reduce risk of birth complications'

Making healthy lifestyle changes during pregnancy is unlikely to have a significant effect in reducing the risk of potential birth complications, according to a report. Professor Gita Mishra, a researcher at Australia's University of Queensland School of Public Health, has contributed to an...