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.
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.