Newborn Health

World Prematurity Day

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

Zika proven to cause severe birth defects

The Zika virus may trigger an immune response that causes developing brain cells to stop dividing and self-destruct, according to the latest research published in the Nature journal. Links between Zika and the birth of babies with abnormally small heads or microcephaly has grown stronger, yet it is...

Pollution exposure in pregnancy affects baby's asthma risk

Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their pregnancy may be unknowingly increasing the risk of their babies developing asthma in childhood, according to a new study. Research conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia in Canada found that expectant mothers...

C-section babies may benefit from vaginal swab

Babies that are delivered by caesarean section may benefit from being swabbed with fluid from their mothers' vaginas, according to a new study. Research carried out by doctors at the New York University Langone Medical Center in the US led to the discovery that babies can still benefit from the...

Report reveals global stillbirth rates

More than 7,000 babies are delivered stillborn every day, new figures reveal. Over 216 doctors were involved in the Lancet-published study, which saw the analysis of birth data from across the globe, finding that 2.6 million stillborn births occurred in 2015, which equates to around 7,200 each day...

African virus blamed for birth defects in thousands of Brazilian newborns

Officials in Brazil have warned that a mosquito-transmitted virus could be the cause of brain defects in thousands of newborn babies, including the condition microcephaly. A number of infants with the condition are born with a smaller head that fails to grow, despite their face growing at a normal...

'Kangaroo' care key to improving newborn health

'Kangaroo-style' mother care could dramatically reduce the risk of newborn deaths, a new study has suggested. The World Health Organization (WHO) has long advocated the practice of skin-to-skin infant care and its support of the idea is likely to be given weight on the back of this latest...

Main causes of maternal and newborn deaths revealed

A majority of maternal and newborn deaths occur within 24 hours of childbirth, research from the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals. As part of its new Safe Childbirth Checklist and Implementation Guide, the WHO states that most of these deaths are preventable, with causes of death including...

FIGO reaffirms support: World Prematurity Day

FIGO reaffirms support: World Prematurity Day (17 November 2015) The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) reaffirms its support for the highlighting of World Prematurity Day on 17 November 2015. FIGO’s overall goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of women and...

Exercising during pregnancy 'cuts diabetes risk'

Women who exercise during pregnancy are less likely to develop diabetes, a new study has suggested. By taking moderate exercise, expectant mothers can cut their risk of developing the disease by as much as 30 per cent. The findings, published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and...