Tag: prenatal care

More babies being born too soon

More babies being born too soon

For the second year in a row, the preterm birth rate in the United States has gone up. Preterm birth is when a baby is born before 37 weeks of pregnan ...
What’s one often forgotten, but very important, “must do” during pregnancy?

What’s one often forgotten, but very important, “must do” during pregnancy?

There are so many "do’s and don’ts" during pregnancy that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of them all. But one important “do” that sometimes gets ov ...
Health disparities in premature birth

Health disparities in premature birth

In the United States, rates of preterm birth, low birthweight, and infant mortality are higher for black, non-Hispanic infants than for white, non-His ...
U.S. study shows fewer babies are dying in their first year of life

U.S. study shows fewer babies are dying in their first year of life

The death of a baby before his or her first birthday is called infant mortality. A new report released by the CDC shows that the infant mortality rate ...
Infant mortality. These two words should never go together.

Infant mortality. These two words should never go together.

Infancy should mark the beginning of life, not the end. Even though the rates of infant deaths are at an all-time low, far too many babies still die b ...
Your developing baby

Your developing baby

There are specific times during a baby's development when a certain body part is especially vulnerable to damage from harmful substances and exposures ...
What you need to know about birth defects

What you need to know about birth defects

Every 4 ½ minutes in the US, a baby is born with a birth defect. That means that nearly 120,000 (or 1 in every 33) babies are affected by birth defect ...
Epilepsy and pregnancy

Epilepsy and pregnancy

Every year in the US, approximately 20,000 women with a seizure disorder give birth. Most of these pregnancies are healthy. But there are a few additi ...
Concerns surrounding “keepsake” ultrasounds

Concerns surrounding “keepsake” ultrasounds

The first ultrasound is one of the most exciting times in pregnancy. Most parents can’t wait for the opportunity to share their baby’s first pictures ...
Pregnancy in women with congenital heart disease

Pregnancy in women with congenital heart disease

Most women who have congenital heart disease and decide to get pregnant will have a safe pregnancy with minimal risks. However, there are many factors ...