For babies in developing countries, pneumonia vaccines seem to work better if their mothers receive treatment for parasitic infections during pregnancy.
Using human embryonic stem cells to study nicotine's effect in development shows defects in cellular communication and longevity, say Stanford scientists.
Physician Justin Thompson offers guidance on the safety of exercising during pregnancy. Many non-contact activities are healthy.
More than 50,000 pregnant women per year experience life-threatening complications of pregnancy and childbirth, but no one understands why.
A compilation of stories highlights the work of Stanford prematurity experts, who are advancing how we understand and predict premature birth.
A Stanford physician argues pregnant women should be appropriately included in clinical research to improve their health and the health of their fetuses.
New Stanford research has identified an enzyme that plays a critical role in uterine contractions as well as in other muscle tissues.
From the data of more than 40 million births, scientists link paternal age to birth risks and even risks to the mother’s health.
A team of researchers has used an algorithm to improve newborn screening for genetic diseases, with the hopes of reducing the number of false positives.
A Stanford team has taken a multi-pronged approach to reducing preventable maternal deaths among California women, a new scientific paper explains.
Doctors are worried that marijuana legalization is harming vulnerable populations, such as infants exposed to the drug during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
A Stanford study finds that after being exposed to a prenatal event of acute stress, children from poor households suffer negative cognitive effects.
A new NPR story explains how California experts have been examining the causes of maternal mortality and successfully figuring out how to counteract them.
The percentage of pregnant women getting epidurals or other spinal analgesia has climbed to a high of 71 percent, according to a Stanford study.
Genetic diversity in the receptor for a key reproductive hormone may help explain why some populations have higher rates of preterm birth than others.
Denise Wong had survived breast cancer treatment at 27. Ten years later, she and her husband wanted to have a child. Her treatment had made that unlikely, but her fertility team at Stanford found a way.