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Hospitals Ban Early Elective Childbirths

Pilot program will discourage inducing labor before 39 weeks

(Newser) - About two dozen hospitals across the country will have a new message for pregnant women in the new year: Don't ask us to induce labor until your 39 weeks are up. The hospitals will ban early elective childbirth under a pilot program sponsored by the March of Dimes, which maintains... More »

10% of Babies Are Premature, Taxing World's Health System

Of 13 million preemies, 1 million die before surviving 1 month

(Newser) - Nearly 10% of babies born each year worldwide arrive prematurely, and the stress of caring for them "is exacting a huge toll emotionally, physically and financially on families, medical systems and economies," the March of Dimes said today. Some 13 million babies are preemies, and more than 1... More »

Lifelong Issues Plague Preemies

Fewer graduate high school, have children

(Newser) - More babies are surviving premature birth than ever before, but new research has found they suffer lifelong problems. Preemies face health challenges into adulthood and are less likely to graduate from high school or to have children of their own, reports USA Today. Those who do have children are more... More »

Caffeine May Double Miscarriage Risk: Study

25% of women who drank 2 cups a day miscarried: study

(Newser) - Pregnant women who drink two cups of coffee a day may double their risk of miscarriage,  a new study concludes. Almost one-quarter of women in the study who consumed 200 milligrams of caffeine a day—the amount in 10 ounces of coffee or 25 ounces of tea—miscarried, reports... More »

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