Newborn Health

Foetal brain damage caused by Zika ‘can be detected by MRI and ultrasound’

Doctors managing Zika-affected pregnancies should use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in addition to standard ultrasound (US), as more detailed MRI images can reveal more extensive areas of damage to the developing foetal brain, according to research presented during IDWeek 2017, organised by the...

Improved survival among premature babies, finds study

A new study has found that the survival of preterm babies (those born before 37 weeks) has increased around the world. Researchers, based at INSERM, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, compared rates of survival - and survival without neuromotor and sensory disabilities...

Study: Banned chemicals pass through umbilical cord

Trace amounts of flame retardants, which have been banned in the US for more than a decade, are still being passed through umbilical cord blood from mothers to their babies, according to new research conducted by Indiana University. The researchers explained that the chemicals are linked to health...

HIV-positive women ‘more likely to transmit cytomegalovirus to babies’

HIV-positive women with cytomegalovirus (CMV) in their urine at the time of labour and delivery are more than five times likelier to transmit HIV to their babies than HIV-positive women without CMV, according to a new study led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The researchers...

Late premature birth ‘increases hospitalisation risk for respiratory illness’

A new study of children up to two years of age has revealed that those born late preterm (34-36 weeks) had a significantly greater risk of recurrent hospitalisation for respiratory illness compared to those who were born full term (later than 37 weeks). It was also found that the repeat hospital...

Foetal immunity ‘develops in second trimester’

Scientists in Singapore have discovered that a foetus' immune system is established as early as the second trimester of pregnancy, and may be able to initiate immune responses independently of the mother's immune system. The researchers are from the Agency for Science, Technology and...

Home births ‘biggest risk factor for neonatal deaths in Africa’

Giving birth at home is the most significant risk factor for neonatal deaths in large parts of Africa, according to a study by Michigan State University, US. Africa continues to see the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world. The researchers found that in both East and West Africa, many...

9 nations commit to halving maternal and newborn deaths

Some nine countries have committed to halving maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities in the next five years. Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda have signed up to join the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and...

Together We Can campaign to reduce maternal and newborn deaths launched

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) has joined forces with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Pediatric Association (IPA) to launch the Together We Can campaign to reduce maternal and...

World Prematurity Day

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) reaffirms its support for highlighting World Prematurity Day on 17 November 2016.