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Every Week Counts Campaign Raises Awareness About Dangers of Early Induced Labor

Credit: Getty Images With back pain, insomnia and fingers so swollen they can barely hold a fork for the rare meal that doesn't result in massive heartburn, in the final weeks of a pregnancy, many women are ready to get that baby out a...Over the past two decades, instances of induced labor have increased by more than 13 percent, a number that is, for the most part, attributed to a risein elective, rather than medical, inductions.

Family Turns Grief Into Action, Fundraising for March of Dimes

The Spohr family. Credit: Heather Spohr
Two years ago, 17-month-old Maddie Spohr died suddenly after coming down with a respiratory infection.
Maddie's passing captured the emotions of thousands of parents who had followed the Spohr...
Blogger touches thousands with the story of her daughter, Maddie.

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...

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...

Pregnancy labels for medicine?

The Federal Drug Administration is proposing a change to the way medicines are labeled with warnings for pregnant women. Doctors have been complaining forever that data was available that was not included on labels or that the information that was p...

It's time to March for Babies

There are many families who are blessed with healthy, full-term babies. There are also many families who face pregnancy complications, earlier-than-expected deliveries, and babies who need weeks or months of special neonatal care. The March for Babie...

March of Dimes urges FDA drug approval

In a news release today, the March of Dimes urged Food and Drug Administration officials to promptly approve a commercial progesterone therapy that appears to prevent some premature births. Dr. Nancy Green, March of Dimes medical director, testified ...


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