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Physician Justin Thompson offers guidance on the safety of exercising during pregnancy. Many non-contact activities are healthy.

Physician Justin Thompson offers guidance on the safety of exercising during pregnancy. Many non-contact activities are healthy.

A compilation of stories highlights the work of Stanford prematurity experts, who are advancing how we understand and predict premature birth.

A compilation of stories highlights the work of Stanford prematurity experts, who are advancing how we understand and predict premature birth.

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A Stanford physician argues pregnant women should be appropriately included in clinical research to improve their health and the health of their fetuses.

A Stanford physician argues pregnant women should be appropriately included in clinical research to improve their health and the health of their fetuses.

When Kristin and Patrick Flor learned the baby they were expecting had a severe genetic syndrome, they planned with Stanford doctors for her brief life.

When Kristin and Patrick Flor learned the baby they were expecting had a severe genetic syndrome, they planned with Stanford doctors for her brief life.

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From the data of more than 40 million births, scientists link paternal age to birth risks and even risks to the mother’s health.

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 team of researchers has used an algorithm to improve newborn screening for genetic diseases, with the hopes of reducing the number of false positives.

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A Stanford team has taken a multi-pronged approach to reducing preventable maternal deaths among California women, a new scientific paper explains.

A Stanford team has taken a multi-pronged approach to reducing preventable maternal deaths among California women, a new scientific paper explains.

A new NPR story explains how California experts have been examining the causes of maternal mortality and successfully figuring out how to counteract them.

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.

The percentage of pregnant women getting epidurals or other spinal analgesia has climbed to a high of 71 percent, according to a Stanford study.

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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.

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.

It’s one of the hardest questions in medicine: Should hospitals ever stop spending money to avert certain preventable deaths?

It’s one of the hardest questions in medicine: Should hospitals ever stop spending money to avert certain preventable deaths?