Stanford researchers find that "entertainment education" helps teach new mothers about the importance of breastfeeding.
Wildfire smoke exposure raises risk for preterm birth
Exposure to wildfire smoke increases a pregnant woman's risk of giving birth three or more weeks early, a new Stanford study found.
Understanding the risks of seizure-stopping drugs in pregnancy
Newer anti-seizure drugs have a good safety profile for the baby when used in pregnancy and breastfeeding, according to a Stanford-led study.
Maternal care and race: ‘Birth equity is where a whole life starts’
Across the U.S., unequal medical care is harming nonwhite new moms and their babies. Stanford experts are studying how to flip the trends.
Names on surgical caps boost communication during C-sections, study finds
Wearing caps labeled with names and roles made it easier for everyone in the operating room to communicate during C-sections, a Stanford study found.
Predicting premature birth in low-resource settings
A blood test that predicts if a baby will be born prematurely works well for pregnant women in developing countries, a Stanford-led study found.
Understanding the biological clock of pregnancy
Stanford scientists have built a detailed picture of the biological clock of pregnancy, tracking thousands of metabolic markers throughout gestation.
Some anxiety, insomnia drugs raise risk of ectopic pregnancy
Taking benzodiazepines within 90 days before conception raises the risk of a life-threatening condition known as ectopic pregnancy, according to a study.
Proximity to oil and gas wells linked to prematurity risk
Living near an oil and gas well in California's San Joaquin Valley during pregnancy is linked to increased risk of spontaneous preterm birth, finds Stanford study.
To prevent premature birth, computers ID drug that may help
A widely used antacid may help prevent premature births, new Stanford-UCSF research that used computing to match existing drugs with diseases suggests.
Newborn antibiotic use varies widely, worrying experts
Rates of antibiotic use in newborns vary 27-fold between California hospitals without a medical reason for the large differences, a new study found.
Stanford obstetricians take medical simulations to Central America
Stanford obstetricians are using simulation training to help colleagues in Central America learn new techniques to treat childbirth emergencies.
Predicting women at risk of preeclampsia before clinical symptoms
Stanford researchers are working to develop a diagnostic blood test that can accurately predict preeclampsia prior to the onset of clinical symptoms.
Stillbirth linked to more childbirth complications for mom, Stanford study finds
Stillbirth greatly raises a woman's risk for severe complications of childbirth, a Stanford study of more than 6 million California births has found.
Common brain injury in premature babies may be tied to specific cells
Using a lab model, Stanford researchers identified a type of developing brain cell that is profoundly changed by exposure to low oxygen levels.
Paid family leave and health: A personal story and the latest research
A new policy brief from Stanford researchers identifies the connection between paid family leave and infant and maternal health benefits.