Scaling up global midwife-led care could reduce maternal deaths by 67%, newborn deaths by 64% and stillbirths by 65%, according to a new modelling study.
A Monash-led international study has found that pregnancy can delay the onset of multiple sclerosis symptoms by more than three years.
A novel form of oxytocin is in accelerated development at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences to address the world's leading cause of maternal mortality.
Researchers found that pregnant women taking oral fluconazole appeared to have an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with muscle and bone malformations.
A UK study has found an increase in the risk of stillbirth after 37 weeks.
Women born overseas, those who smoke during pregnancy and those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are the least likely to be vaccinated when pregnant.
Pregnant women who sleep on either side during their last three months of pregnancy reduce their risk of a stillbirth by half.
A new study has confirmed that there is no increased risk of adverse birth outcomes if a woman falls pregnant within 12 months of a stillbirth.
A major study has found that pumped breastmilk may contain an increase in pathogens that can lead to chronic disease.
One hospital has joined forces with a local quilting club to help premmies and parents bond — over hand-stitched hearts, infused with their own scent.
Breastfeeding research from experts from around the world suggests a tailored approach helps both mother and child.
Pregnant women with anaemia are twice as likely to die during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth than those without anaemia.
The effects are subtle and not cause for alarm, but further research into the long-term effects of the oestrogen-like compounds found in soy-based formulas is required.
Children born to mothers who took antibiotics while pregnant have up to a 20% increased risk of being hospitalised with infection.
A major study has revealed that women who give birth prematurely have double the risk of dying from heart disease later in life, and recommends that obstetric history be considered during cardiovascular assessments.