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.
Over the last 30 years, a growing body of epidemiological research has suggested that poor nutrition in pregnancy hurts the baby by setting metabolism to a “thrifty” state that leads, decades later, to type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
A Stanford-led research team has developed a simple blood test for pregnant women that shows, with 75-80 percent accuracy, which pregnancies will end in premature birth.
Stanford scientists used discoveries in the lab to design new versions of a widely used antibiotic to prevent the side effect of hearing loss.
It’s one of the hardest questions in medicine: Should hospitals ever stop spending money to avert certain preventable deaths?
New Stanford research indicates that having a mom losing a loved one during pregnancy may affect the mental health of the child as he or she grows into adulthood.
Stanford research shows that nearly one in 20 reproductive-age women have depression and less than one-third are taking antidepressants.
Active-duty servicewomen face an increased risk of having a premature baby if they give birth soon after returning from deployment.
Heart problems are the leading cause of death in pregnant women and new moms. A new set of guidelines will help doctors spot heart disease in these women.
For decades, physicians have known that pregnant women with diabetes face a higher risk than non-diabetic women of giving birth to a baby with a …
Much of human development happens on a flexible timeline. One kid might lose her first tooth at age five; another at age six. Both are …
Undergoing in vitro fertilization can be a long, stressful process for women who want to become pregnant. The outcome of each step is uncertain: Will …
In the last 10 years, U.S. mothers have been dying in childbirth at shocking rates: Compared to other developed countries, three times as many U.S. …