Hospitals Push for Full-Term Deliveries to Improve Baby's Health

Experts say delivering at full-term can help prevent complications for Mom and baby. Credit: Sam Yeh, AFP/Getty Images Considering an early delivery for scheduling or other non-medical purposes? It may be best to wait. According t...Anxious to deliver your baby a couple weeks early? Sorry. It's best to wait it out.

Tiny Babies Face Gigantic Odds, but List Provides Sliver of Hope

Survival rates of preemies seem to be improving with each decade. Credit: Corbis "My Child Made the Tiniest Baby List." This is not a bumper sticker you want to slap on the back of your Buick. Tiny babies face gigantic problems. C...Odds may be improving for tiny babies. Slightly.

Keep an Eye on That Cough: Respiratory Virus Reaches Epidemic Levels in Florida

Respiratory syncytial virus can be dangerous for babies and children younger than 2. Credit: Getty Images
If your little one's cough seems to be getting worse, it may be time to visit the doctor, as it could signal something more serious than jus...
When a cough gets worse, it might be more than just the common cold.

Tony Little: Push Your Body, Not Your Kids

Take the difficulties of family life one day at a time, says Tony Little, with wife Melissa and their twins, Cody and Chase. Photo courtesy Tony Little
Tony Little has made it his business to push Americans to get in shape, but when it comes to...
The fitness guru is known for whipping Americans into shape, so why did he let his own son get overweight?

Premature Babies Stand Better Chance at Specialized Hospitals, Study Shows

A preemie's chance of survival goes up 62 percent at Level III hospitals. Credit: Damon Dahlen, AOL
If your baby is born prematurely, the odds that he or she will survive increase dramatically if you can get to a specialized hospital. Here's ho...

Rapid Weight Gain in Preemies Helps IQ

Higher weights could translate into higher IQs. Credit: Getty Images
Premature babies who pack on the pounds in their first years of life have higher IQs by the time they reach primary school than those who gain weight more slowly, a new study ...

Michelle Duggar Delivers Baby 19 Via Emergency C-Section

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, when she was expecting this new baby earlier in the year. Credit: Scott Enlow, TLC
Michelle Duggar, star of TLC's "18 Kids and Counting" gave birth to her 19th child, a girl, Thursday night via emergency C-section, ...

Neonatal: Caring for Premature Babies

Premature baby after birth Credit: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images
A normal pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks. If a baby is born three or more weeks early, she is considered premature. Babies born close to 37 weeks usually do not have many problems, ...

Ten Percent of American Babies Are Born Too Early

More than 10 percent of U.S. births are premature, according to the World Health Organization. Credit: Alex Paleczny, Flickr
The World Health Organization just released its first report on the incidence of preterm birth and found a 36 percent ju...

Fetuses Have Memory, Study Shows

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In the 1920's, researchers began investigating whether a fetus in the womb could develop short-term memory. Experimenting with pregnant women, they used the sound of a car horn to determine that over time...

March of Dimes Gives U.S. a "D" in Premature Births

By 2010, the federal government hopes to reduce premature births to no more than 7.6 percent born before 37 weeks. It looks like they have a lot of work to do to reach their goal. The March of Dimes recently graded each of the 50 states on a repor...

New information on preemies likely to stress parents more

Up until now, the agonizing decision on what medical treatment to give (or not give) a severely premature baby was based on how many weeks had been spent in the womb. Babies born at 24 weeks are routinely given intensive care, but those with a gestat...

New device reminds "Shhhhh baby is sleeping"

Necessity might be the mother of invention, but it was an Indiana father who created a system that warns visitors to the unit that the sounds in the room have risen to a level stressful for the wee patients. Because the babies should still be devel...

Premature baby calendar raises funds

Now here's a calendar that's much more useful than the hot-girls-in-toolbelts calendar stashed on top of my fridge: a calendar depicting pictures of preemies is raising funds for a new hospital ward in the UK. The calendar was produced by Moms of ...

Preemies born at 22 weeks or less should not be kept alive artificially

A new study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics recommends that infants born at 22 weeks, or prior, should not be revived, nor should they be given intensive care. The report comes after researching premature babies over the course of two years. Th...


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