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Pregnant woman wearing a hospital gown holding her stomach.

Before birth, the placenta plays a crucial role in delivering oxygen and nutrients to the baby as it grows. In many cases, the pregnancy progresses without any issues involving the placenta. But in rare instances, there may be problems with the placenta that pose very serious risks for both the mother and child. Placental Abruption

Pregnant woman in hospital gown with hand on stomach.

Giving birth is an extremely difficult process for both the baby and the mother. And sometimes babies need a little extra help coming into the world. Sometimes, this means performing an episiotomy on the mother or the mother’s perineum tearing naturally to create extra room for the child as they leave their mother’s body. Natural

Pregnant woman holds stomach while standing next to a window.

As you enter your last month of pregnancy, the wait to meet your new child can feel like an eternity. But very often, babies are not delivered on the due date that had been projected early in pregnancy. While it’s extremely common for babies to be born a little bit off from their due date,

Pregnant woman laying down while a doctor places her hands on the mother's stomach.

One of the most common types of complications that occurs late in pregnancy is the baby being in a breech position, which is something that occurs in about 3-4% of all babies according to The Lancet. Early in pregnancy, it’s expected that babies won’t be positioned with their head down. But as pregnancies reach the

Pregnant woman in a hospital bed.

Going through the process of childbirth is never easy, even under the best circumstances. Even with all the progress that has been made in helping make childbirth safer over the years, there are still many things that can potentially go wrong and put both the mother and the child in jeopardy. And when things go

Worried mother holding crying baby.

As soon as a baby is born, doctors will routinely examine the baby to evaluate its health. This exam should include screening the infant for signs of potential neonatal encephalitis. Neonatal encephalitis is any condition in which a newborn baby’s nervous system is impaired and unable to operate normally. When babies have neonatal encephalitis, it

Pregnant woman having a blood test.

Infections are a very common occurrence in life. Most people develop one type of infection or another over the course of their lives and very often, they clear up with simple antibiotics and don’t result in any serious, long-term health effects. During pregnancy, many types of infections can also be treated easily, but in some

Mother kissing baby on forehead.

For a wide variety of reasons, many women are now having children at older ages than they had in the past. While many people prefer to wait to have children until they are more established in life before having kids and are more emotionally prepared for the challenges of parenthood, a big downside to having

Newborn twin babies laying on white blanket.

In recent decades, births of twins have become an increasingly common occurrence. According to the CDC, births of twins have grown 78% since 1980, with 123,536 twin births occurring in 2018 in the United States. For many expectant parents, finding out they’re expecting twins can be the most exciting news they ever hear in their

Mother holding a newborn baby.

When the time comes to welcome a child into the world, new parents want to be holding their new baby as quickly as possible. But going through labor isn’t always a quick and easy process. Expectant mothers commonly wonder about how long labor is supposed to take, but every mother’s experience can be different. For

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