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.
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.
Lessons in inequity from a global health study
A public health program in India improved maternal and child health initially, but was at risk of leaving behind disadvantaged participants when it expanded.
Assault during pregnancy boosts risk of poor infant health
When pregnant women are assaulted, their babies are more likely to be born prematurely and to weigh less, Stanford Health Policy research shows.
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.
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.
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.
Treating parasite infections during pregnancy thought to boost babies’ immune responses
For babies in developing countries, pneumonia vaccines seem to work better if their mothers receive treatment for parasitic infections during pregnancy.
Nicotine’s effect on the developing embryo studied in new model
Using human embryonic stem cells to study nicotine's effect in development shows defects in cellular communication and longevity, say Stanford scientists.
How much exercise is safe during pregnancy?
Physician Justin Thompson offers guidance on the safety of exercising during pregnancy. Many non-contact activities are healthy.
Why are so many women nearly dying in childbirth? Cross off a few leading theories
More than 50,000 pregnant women per year experience life-threatening complications of pregnancy and childbirth, but no one understands why.
Explore a cornucopia of accomplishments in prematurity research
A compilation of stories highlights the work of Stanford prematurity experts, who are advancing how we understand and predict premature birth.