New pregnancy medical centre model could mean better outcomes

A new “pregnancy medical centre” model of care could lead to improved outcomes for pregnant women and their babies, new research has suggested. The proposed model could also lead to significant cost savings as women benefit from shorter hospital stays and fewer emergency visits, according to the new study. The study was presented last month at the Society for Maternal-Fetal…

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Fetal alcohol syndrome ‘unacceptably high’

There are unacceptably high global prevalence rates of alcohol use in pregnancy and fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), with rates highest in Europe, a new study has concluded. The research, published in The Lancet Global Health, provides the first-ever estimates of the proportion of women who drink during pregnancy. The study found that on average, almost 10 per cent of women…

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Folic acid necessary “for all women”

The importance of folic acid supplementation in preventing the rate of birth defects has once again been emphasised by experts, who say all women of childbearing age should take the mineral supplement daily. The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently updated its 2009 recommendation on folic acid supplementation in women of childbearing age. According to the task force, neural…

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