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Birthrates in England and Wales Hit All-Time Low

LONDON — The birthrate in England and Wales has fallen to its lowest level since records…

Vitamin D During Pregnancy May Improve Dental Health of Babies

Women who take large doses of vitamin D during pregnancy may be giving their children a…

Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges

A national panel of health experts recommended on Tuesday that doctors screen all adult patients for…

Exercise During Pregnancy May Have Lasting Benefits for Babies

Newborns whose mothers exercise during pregnancy may become physically coordinated a little earlier than other babies,…

New Zealand Takes On a Long-Avoided Issue: Decriminalizing Abortion

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government said on Monday that it would try to pass…

Living Near Oil and Gas Wells Tied to Heart Defects in Babies

Living near oil and gas wells may increase a woman’s risk of having a baby with…

After 40 Weeks of Pregnancy, Risk of Stillbirth Rises

When pregnancies last for 40 weeks or longer, there is an increase in the risk of…

What You Need to Know About the Zika Virus and Travel

In 2016, when the Zika virus first made headlines, people canceled vacations to Latin America and…

U.K. Appeals Court Overturns Order for Mentally Disabled Woman to Have Abortion

Three days after a British court ordered a developmentally disabled woman to have an abortion against…

A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet

ALPINE, Calif. — Charley Royer, 17 months old, has such a swift, strong kick that putting…

U.K. Court Says Mentally Disabled Woman Must Have Abortion

LONDON — A British court has ordered an abortion for a mentally disabled woman against her…

When You’re Told You’re Too Fat to Get Pregnant

The first time a doctor told Gina Balzano that she was too fat to have a…

As Passions Flare in Abortion Debate, Many Americans Say ‘It’s Complicated’

PITTSBURGH — Abortion is an issue that Lynndora Smith-Holmes goes back and forth on. “Six of…

Depo-Provera, an Injectable Contraceptive, Does Not Raise H.I.V. Risk

For decades, many African women in need of birth control they could use in secret have…

The Latest Reason to Breast-feed: Milk Is Alive

In the earliest days after birth, millions of bacteria make their home in a baby’s body…