Drinking alcohol when pregnant- what are the risks?

Women who drink alcohol and are pregnant at the time are seeking abortions under the misapprehension their babies will suffer foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). The British Pregnancy Advice Service (BPAS) says there is “no need” for an abortion in such cases, as there is “minimal” damage to babies from isolated

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Maternity wards closure crisis

Maternity wards in England are shutting their doors a total of more than 1,000 times a year forcing expecting mothers to seek care elsewhere or give birth at home, according to new figures. Units in some trusts are closing every other day as staff shortages and a lack of available

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IVF success rates may be boosted by time lapse embryo imaging

Time lapse imaging- which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.The article Retrospective analysis of outcomes after IVF using an aneuploidy risk model derived from time-lapse imaging without PGS was reported in Reproductive BioMedicine Online, can be used to

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Obese women restricted in NHS IVF treatments

New NHS IVF treatment rules have been drawn up in Scotland. Couples who need help conceiving will be guaranteed two free infertility treatments from 1 July, however the treatments will only be available to those under 40, and it will not be offered to women who are obese. In addition,

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Local maternity wards top the list of pregnant womens’ priorities

Pregnant women list the proximity of their local hospital or birthing centre as their top priority in their birth experience, according to a survey.A quarter of British mothers listed the location of the birthing unit as their top priority when asked to identify the most important thing about their experience

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Men need to become match fit if they want to be fathers

Men have been warned they need to become ‘match fit’ if they want to be fathers, as a fertility study claims too much attention has been focused on mothers’ weight.While the health risks surrounding obesity and pregnancy have largely been centred on overweight mothers, the focus is now on men

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Maternity units must be closed to make childbirth safer

Maternity units must be shut and merged in to big new ‘super-units’ to help women give birth safely experts say.The NHS maternity system is “unsustainable” and its out of hours care, which is “propped up by junior doctors”, is often poor, according to a new report RCOG release: Education and

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Infections after caesarean birth higher than other operations

One in ten women who give birth by caesarean section develop an infection, a study has found- which is a much higher rate than for similar operations.It suggests that 15,000 women a year in England suffer an infection after their caesarean birth, the researchers said. The study found that 9.6

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Women can delay menopause indefinitely with ovary transplants

Women can remain fertile indefinitely after successful ovarian transplants lead to births and delay the menopause doctors have told a conference.A technique to remove pieces of ovary, store it for decades and then replace it with delicate surgery could effectively put a woman’s menopause ‘on ice’, doctors said. The only

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