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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

Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal
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Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks.

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.

Doctors Urged to Discuss Cord Blood Donations Early in Pregnancy
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Doctors Urged to Discuss Cord Blood Donations Early in Pregnancy

A leading group of U.S. pediatricians is encouraging parents to donate to public cord blood banks after the birth of their children.

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.

Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns
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Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns

The U.S.'s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is warning against a new trend where babies born by C-section are "seeded" via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes from the mother.

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.