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How Much Do Babies’ Skulls Get Squished During Birth? A Whole Lot, 3D Images Reveal

When babies pass through the mother's birth canal, the tight fit temporarily squashes their wee heads, elongating their flexible skulls and changing the shape of their brains. Now, scientists have created Read More >>>

Dads' Jobs Linked to Birth Defect Risks

Certain jobs held by men in the months before they conceive a child may increase the risk of birth defects, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed information from more than 14,000 fathers whose Read More >>>

Water Births May be Risky, Doctors' Groups Say

The low-tech approach to delivering babies in one Amish community may offer clues on how to safely reduce the rate of Cesarean-section deliveries in the United States, researchers say.

The study examined Read More >>>

Why Preemie Oxygen Study Faces Scrutiny

Each year, more than one in 10 babies worldwide are born prematurely, a new report finds.

The report ranks the United States No. 131 in the world in terms of its preterm birth rate, ranking behind many Read More >>>

Women exposed to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which is found in many plastic products, during pregnancy give birth to lower-weight babies than moms not exposed, according to a new study of workplace Read More >>>

Can Brain-Dead Woman Give Birth to Healthy Baby?

For weeks, life-support machines have been hooked to the body of a brain-dead woman against the wishes of her family. Thirty-three-year-old Marlise Munoz is pregnant, and the hospital in Fort Worth, Read More >>>

Oh Baby: Giving Birth 10 Times May Reduce Mom's Cancer Risk

Women who give birth to 10 or more children may have a reduced risk of cancer, a new study from Finland suggests.

Researchers examined cancer risk in nearly 5,000 Finish women who gave birth at least Read More >>>