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Maternal deaths during the pandemic in England

Maternal deaths during the pandemic in England

This national learning report from the UK reviews the 20 maternal deaths (defined as death during pregnancy/childbirth or shortly after the end of a pregnancy) that occurred between 1st March and the 31st May, 2020 – the period of the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in England.

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Language development from the womb to 6 months

Language development from the womb to 6 months

A study from Wurzburg University in Germany has shown how the complexity of babies’ vocalisations increases rapidly during the first months of life.

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Evidence of non-transmissibility of COVID-19 via breastmilk

Evidence of non-transmissibility of COVID-19 via breastmilk

An important question during the pandemic has been whether mother-to-infant SARS-CoV-2 transmission can occur during breastfeeding and, if so, whether the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risk.

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Health impacts of a vegan diet on young children

Health impacts of a vegan diet on young children

Researchers at the University of Helsinki have conducted a pilot study on the metabolic effects of a full vegan diet on healthy young children.

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Covid-19 and maternal mental health

Covid-19 and maternal mental health

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a direct impact on maternal perinatal mental health and an indirect one via changes in health care, social policy, and families’ social and economic circumstances. 

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Prenatal stress may accelerate offspring’s biological aging

Prenatal stress may accelerate offspring’s biological aging

Researchers from the University of California Los Angeles have found evidence that maternal stress adversely affects the length of a baby's telomeres. Shortened telomeres have been linked to a higher risk of cancers, cardiovascular and other diseases, and earlier death.

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Prelabour caesarean section

Prelabour caesarean section

The rate of prelabour caesarean section is increasing across the world, although there is evidence of negative cognitive outcomes for children.

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Excess folic acid during pregnancy may be harmful

Excess folic acid during pregnancy may be harmful

A study from the United States has found that the brain development of mice embryos is harmed if their mothers take high amounts of folic acid during pregnancy.

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Covid 19 and vulnerable families

Covid 19 and vulnerable families

A survey from North Carolina in the USA shows how the pandemic has impacted on the well-being of vulnerable families.

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Busy Pictures Hinder Reading Ability in Children

Busy Pictures Hinder Reading Ability in Children

A study from Germany with 96 nine-month-old babies has thrown light on why babies can sometimes remember what they’ve learned and sometimes can’t.

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What babies remember and why

What babies remember and why

A study from Germany with 96 nine-month-old babies has thrown light on why babies can sometimes remember what they’ve learned and sometimes can’t.

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Talking to young children about Covid-19

Talking to young children about Covid-19

This excellent and timely commentary argues that the impact of the Covid pandemic on very young children has been overlooked.

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