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Study Suggests Misplaced Fears in Longer Childbirths. Catherine Saint Louis. A finding that epidurals are associated with a longer duration in the second stage of labor indicates that doctors might need to wait before intervening with drugs, forceps or cesareans. [February 6, 2014; New York Times]

Low Vitamin D Tied to a Pregnancy Risk. Nicholas Bakalar. Low vitamin D levels were associated with an increased risk for severe preeclampsia, a serious and sometimes fatal disorder of pregnancy. [February 4, 2014; New York Times:

Can Mom’s Pregnancy Diet Rewire Baby’s Brain For Obesity? Maria Godoy. Research suggests that what happens in utero can set the stage for obesity. And a new study in mice suggests one way that poor maternal diet might play a role: by rewiring a part of the brain that regulates appetite. [January 24, 2014; NPR]

Postpartum depression improves with time. Research evidence shows that symptoms of postpartum  depression decrease over time -— but depression remains a long-term problem for 30 to 50 percent of affected women [January 13, 2014; ScienceDaily]

babyTen Things Everyone Should Know About Babies. Darcia Narvaez. 

1. Babies are social mammals with social mammalian needs.
2. Human babies are born “half-baked” and require an external womb.
3. If adults mess up on the post-birth “baking,” longterm problems can result….
[Psychology Today; December 8, 2013]

Diet During Pregnancy and Early Life May Affect Children’s Behavior and Intelligence. Evidence is accumulating to show that nutrition pre-birth and in early life “programmes” long term health, well- being, brain development and mental performance. [Sept. 13, 2013; ScienceDaily]

Length of pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks, scientists discover. Charlie Cooper. The length of a pregnancy naturally varies between different women by as much as five weeks, scientists have discovered for the first time. [August 7, 2013; The Independent]

Father’s diet before conception may play role in health of offspring. Sheryl Ubelacker. [December 10, 2013; The Canadian Press]