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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 episodes of binge drinking by […]

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 select embryos at low risk […]

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, couples need to have been […]

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 of giving birth. The importance […]

Number of mothers aged over 45 treble in a decade

The number of women having babies over the age of 45 has more than trebled in just over a decade as couples delay having children for career and financial reasons, according to official figures.While the prevalence of teenage mothers has dropped dramatically since the 1990s, older mothers have reached the highest level seen in recent […]

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 to lose weight. Less efficient […]

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 training of specialists to radically […]

Gonorrhoea cases jump 25pc in a year

Cases of gonorrhoea have jumped by 25 per cent in onee year, new official figures show- prompting criticism of the Government’s ‘safe sex’ message for teenagers.The new statistics from the Health Protection Agency show there were almost 21,000 new diagnoses of the disease in England in 2011, up from just under 17,000 in 2010. Dr […]

Abortions raise risk of premature births next time

Women who abort their first pregnancy are at significantly greater risk of having subsequent premature births a study has found.Previous studies suggested that multiple abortions could result in complications in future pregnancies, but a new paper suggests that the risk after one termination is just as great. Researchers from Aberdeen University studied the health data […]

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 per cent of women having […]