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C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes Feature
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C-Sections May Be Causing Evolutionary Changes

Why is it so difficult and painful for human females to give birth

Incision Length Linked to Pain After C-Section
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Incision Length Linked to Pain After C-Section

How much pain a woman feels after cesarean delivery may depend on the length of the incision, a new study suggests.

Breastfeeding May Reduce Pain From C-Section
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Breastfeeding May Reduce Pain From C-Section

Breastfeeding for a longer time may help women reduce the risk of chronic pain after a cesarean delivery.

Should You Bank Your Newborn’s Cord Blood?
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Should You Bank Your Newborn’s Cord Blood?

Stem cells from cord blood can help save lives, so consider whether you want to use either a private cord blood bank or a public one.

5 Best Yoga Poses for Pregnant Women
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5 Best Yoga Poses for Pregnant Women

These are the five best yoga poses for pregnant women to relieve physical discomforts and prepare for labor and delivery.

Newborns May Get Legionnaire’s Disease From Home Water Birth
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Newborns May Get Legionnaire’s Disease From Home Water Birth

Two cases in Arizona and one in Texas highlight a little-known danger of "water births" at home.

Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth
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Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth

Pregnant women who've had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn.

Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood
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Cesarean Birth Linked to Risk of Obesity in Childhood

Infants delivered by cesarean section may face a higher risk of becoming obese, a new study suggests. These babies had a 15 percent higher risk of becoming obese in childhood, compared with those born vaginally.

More U.S. Women Delivering Babies at Home or Birth Centers
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More U.S. Women Delivering Babies at Home or Birth Centers

In 2014, nearly 60,000 babies were born outside a hospital, the researchers said. While that is still a small minority of all births, the trend has been gathering steam in the last decade, the study authors added.

Opioids Overprescribed After C-Sections
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Opioids Overprescribed After C-Sections

Women are routinely prescribed more opioid painkillers than they need after c-sections.

C-section, Antibiotics, Formula Feeding Alter Baby’s Helpful Microbes
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C-section, Antibiotics, Formula Feeding Alter Baby’s Helpful Microbes

When babies are born, the birth process covers their bodies with countless microbes that play crucial roles in their future health. But a new study suggests that these "microbiomes" are altered by cesarean births, antibiotics and formula feeding.

Less Labor Pain, Lower Postpartum Depression Risk?
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Less Labor Pain, Lower Postpartum Depression Risk?

Women who obtain good pain relief during labor may have to worry less about postpartum depression later, new research suggests.

Inducing Labor May Not Increase Risk of C-Section
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Inducing Labor May Not Increase Risk of C-Section

Pregnant older women who have their labor induced near their due date, during the 39th week of pregnancy, may not face an increased risk of needing a cesarean section, a new clinical trial suggests.