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Closing the gap on racial disparities in maternal deaths

Maternal deaths are typical rare — with 700 occurring out of 3.8 million births each year. While the rest of the developed world has seen a significant decrease in maternal deaths from 2000-2015, the problem has grown in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African American, Native American...

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A miscarriage can weigh heavily on partners and family members

Many women who experience a miscarriage understandably mourn their loss. After news of the miscarriage spreads, the woman who carried the fetus often receives support from friends and family. But how does a husband or partner of a woman who experienced a miscarriage feel? It’s a question that a psychotherapist specializing in pregnancy loss explores...

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The unusually high cost of stillbirths is devastating to grieving families

With improvements to modern medicine, we are seeing a decrease in stillbirths. That's because in medical settings, maternal patients who are considered high-risk are thoroughly monitored and intervention methods are often administered. Stillbirths can, however, occur when errors are made or when complications that should be identified are missed. One maternal patient recounts the devastating...

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Breastfeeding Report Card: Which Medications Are Safe?

The struggle for mothers about what medications to take continues because little research has been done on which drugs are safe while breastfeeding, according to the New York Times. A doctor did offer some encouragement amid the questions, however. Dr. Thomas Hale, professor of pediatrics at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, said it was likely...

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Missing Developmental Milestones in Children May Be a Sign of a Birth Injury

Developmental milestones are skills children pick up naturally or through learning processes during a certain span of time. The first milestones are often noticed as early as two months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When a child is missing key developmental milestones, it may be a sign of a larger...

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Should hospitals reduce the number of C-section deliveries?

Cesarean deliveries account for about one-third of all live births in the United States. That’s more than double the World Health Organization’s recommended range of 10 to 15 percent, according to The New York Times. The Times article, an opinion piece, argues that doctors are too quick to recommend a C-section delivery. This type of...

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An Atlanta Attorney Offers Best Ways to Find Comfort After Losing a Baby in the Womb

For many mothers-to-be, finding out that they’ll give birth to a child is often a happy experience. However, discovering that a baby has died in the womb can devastate those who are impacted – the mother, father, siblings, and other relatives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stillbirths usually occur after...

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