With Roe v. Wade hanging in the balance and nearly half of all American states ready to practically ban abortion if the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court stands, the realities of giving birth in this country are being put under a microscope, and for good reason.
"Today, [America] is considered the most dangerous developed nation in the world in which to give birth," said St...
Rates of dangerous high blood pressure problems during pregnancy more than doubled in the United States between 2007 and 2019, a new study finds.
"The increase in pregnancy complications is alarming because these adverse pregnancy outcomes — including hypertension [high blood pressure] in pregnancy, preterm birth and a low birth weight infant — not only adversely influence both mom a...
Long-distance travel will likely prove a nearly insurmountable barrier to some women seeking abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned as expected, a new study concludes.
Women who need an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay the procedure or decide to continue their pregnancy if they live 50 or more miles from a clinic, compared with women who live within 5 miles of a clinic,
Far fewer U.S. women lost health insurance coverage after giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic than in previous years, likely due to a federal law that prevented Medicaid from dropping people, researchers say.
After childbirth, some women who received an epidural for pain will develop a debilitating headache. But minority women are less likely than white moms to receive the treatment that can provide relief, according to a new study.
Researchers also found that even when women from minority groups received this care, it was more likely to be delayed.
There was a 6.5% drop in premature births from cesarean sections and induced deliveries in the United States during the pandemic, likely because pregnant women made fewer visits to their doctors, researchers report.
They said their findings raise questions about whether some decisions ...
Women can safely use abortion pills without first getting ultrasound scans, or having an in-person medical appointment at all, a new study confirms.
For more than 20 years, U.S. women have had access to medication abortions for ending early pregnancies, using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. But for most of that time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required them to have an i...
Rates of postpartum depression among American mothers rose nearly three-fold during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with large increases in major depression and thoughts of self-harm, according to a new study.
Antidepressants don't always help ease depression and anxiety in pregnant women and new moms, according to a new study.
"This is the first longitudinal data to show that many pregnant women report depression and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum, despite their choice to continue treatment with antidepressants," said senior author Dr. Katherine Wisner. She directs the Asher ...
A new government study is the first to confirm that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy delivers real protection to newborns.
"While we know these antibodies cross the placenta, until this study we have not yet had data to demonstrate whether the antibodies might provide protection for the baby against COVID-19," said Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, chief of the Infant Outcomes Monitoring Resea...
Pregnant women who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19 are at greater risk for delivering stillborn babies, and new research provides important clues about why.
Unlike other fungal, bacterial or viral infections, which cross over the placenta to affect the fetus, SARS-CoV-2 is particularly lethal to the developing placenta, and this damage deprives the fetus of oxygen and nutrition, said...
Unvaccinated pregnant women are putting themselves and their baby at risk for serious complications of COVID-19, according to new research out of Scotland.
For women who have the virus within 28 days of their delivery date, those complications include preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths. Infant deaths are four times higher among unvaccinated women,
The number of American women with chronic high blood pressure who are dying during and after pregnancy is up sharply, a new study warns.
Of 155 million births in the United States between 1979 and 2018, more than 3,200 mothers died of high blood pressure-related causes-- a 15-fold rise over the period. The risk was particularly high among Black women, according to
Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is safe in pregnancy, experts have been saying for months.
Now, a new study adds evidence to support that advice.
"Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is important for preventing severe illness in pregnant people," said study author Dr. Heather Lipkind, an associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the Yale School of Medic...