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Foetal alcohol syndrome in womb

Foetal alcohol syndrome in womb

This study explored the impact of a binge-level intake of alcohol [4-6 drinks] in non-human primates early in pregnancy. 

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UKOSS (UK Obstetric Surveillance System) study on COVID-19

UKOSS (UK Obstetric Surveillance System) study on COVID-19

Initial findings from the UKOSS (UK Obstetric Surveillance System) study on COVID-19 and pregnancy are available in pre-publication format today.

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Heart disease more likely for adults from dysfunctional family backgrounds

Heart disease more likely for adults from dysfunctional family backgrounds

A longitudinal study from the United State of 3600 participants has found that children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect and family dysfunction are at increased risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s.

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Infant temperament predicts personality more than 20 years later

Infant temperament predicts personality more than 20 years later

A new study from the University of Maryland in the US provides evidence that infant temperament can predict personality in adulthood.

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Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby’s brain development

Mother/infant skin-to-skin touch boosts baby’s brain development

As reports come in from America of mother/infant separation at birth under COVID-19 controls, new research from Florida University is particularly important.

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Young children find a parent's hug more calming than a stranger's

Young children find a parent's hug more calming than a stranger's

A study from Toho University in Tokyo looked at how the heart-rate of children over four months and under one year of age responded to a hug from a parent and from a woman whom the children did not know.

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Does distracting your toddler with your phone reduce their capacity to self-regulate?

Does distracting your toddler with your phone reduce their capacity to self-regulate?

The authors of a study of pre-school age children’s use of mobile devices has recommended that use of screens, and of smartphones and tablets in particular, should be limited.

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Preconception traditional vegetable diet lowers the risk of premature babies

Preconception traditional vegetable diet lowers the risk of premature babies

A study from the University of Queensland in Australia has demonstrated that eating vegetables regularly before pregnancy lowers the risk of having a premature birth.

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Summary of Maternity service changes in COVID pandemic

Summary of Maternity service changes in COVID pandemic

The NHS has released the “Clinical guide for the temporary reorganisation of intrapartum maternity care during the coronavirus pandemic” addressing the  significant challenge for the NHS of the coronavirus pandemic while balancing the need to continue to deliver a safe maternity service.

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Organisations call for immediate action to ensure the most disadvantaged women are not ignored during Covid-19

Organisations call for immediate action to ensure the most disadvantaged women are not ignored during Covid-19

Today (2 April 2020) more than 40 organisations from across the mental health, homelessness, violence against women and girls (VAWG), criminal justice and women’s sectors have written to the Prime Minister to demand that the most disadvantaged women are not ignored by the Government during this pandemic. 

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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Guidelines for Antenatal Teachers

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Guidelines for Antenatal Teachers

Antenatal teachers provide expectant parents with an invaluable forum for sharing their fears, exchanging information and for learning strategies to help them have as happy and healthy a pregnancy as possible.

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Men’s grief following pregnancy loss

Men’s grief following pregnancy loss

Do you know of local services that men can access following the loss of a baby?

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