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<40% of pregnant women getting flu vax

25 April, 2019

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.

Sleeping on side halves stillbirth risk

03 April, 2019

Pregnant women who sleep on either side during their last three months of pregnancy reduce their risk of a stillbirth by half.

Time between pregnancies not linked to stillbirth risk

05 March, 2019

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.

Pumped breastmilk link to chronic disease

22 February, 2019

A major study has found that pumped breastmilk may contain an increase in pathogens that can lead to chronic disease.

Scented hearts bond premmies and parents

28 January, 2019

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.

Tailoring approaches to breastfeeding

16 October, 2018 by Jane Scott*

Breastfeeding research from experts from around the world suggests a tailored approach helps both mother and child.

Maternal death risk doubles with anaemia

02 April, 2018

Pregnant women with anaemia are twice as likely to die during pregnancy or shortly after giving birth than those without anaemia.

Soy-milk formula affects infant reproductive organs

16 March, 2018

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.

Pregnancy antibiotics use linked to childhood infection

13 February, 2018

Children born to mothers who took antibiotics while pregnant have up to a 20% increased risk of being hospitalised with infection.

Mothers of prem babies at risk of heart disease death

02 February, 2018

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.

Baby brain is a thing

17 January, 2018

It's official, 'baby brain' — forgetfulness and other cognitive deficiencies during pregnancy — exists.

Australia's first holistic fertility kit

19 October, 2017

'One-stop fertility shop' for couples seeking to conceive naturally.

Early pregnancy weight gain linked to childhood obesity

02 September, 2017

Infants born to mothers who gained higher than recommended weight levels in the first 24 weeks were 2.5 times more likely to be born large.

Support for rural mums encourages breastfeeding

24 August, 2017

Australian researchers have found that mums in rural areas of Western Australia who had access to professional advice and support were more likely to breastfeed for longer.

Immunisation during pregnancy outweighs risks

08 August, 2017

Health practitioners should encourage pregnant women to update relevant vaccines.

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