Childbirth

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Essex hospital pulls gas and air for pregnant women amid concerns for staff
Entonox gas and air is safe for pregnant women but exposure to staff over long periods could pose health risk

Anna Bawden

25, Jan, 2023 @1:53 PM

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Black babies stillborn at almost twice rate of white babies, ONS figures show
Campaigners call for greater research into why there are such stark variations in England and Wales

Aamna Mohdin and Carmen Aguilar García

19, Jan, 2023 @3:37 PM

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My 72-hour labour was a nightmare. But at least I had access to clean water | Nadiya Hussain
It is a shocking fact that more than 16 million women give birth every year without this basic necessity. This cannot go on, says chef, author and presenter Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain

18, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Woman gives birth in rescue helicopter flying her from Scilly to Truro
Jennie Trevithick says she felt ‘super safe’ while giving birth to son in midair

Steven Morris

23, Dec, 2022 @1:45 PM

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New parents in the UK: what challenges are you facing?
We’rd like to hear from new mothers and fathers in the UK who are facing challenges, such as financial worries, health concerns or a lack of support

Guardian community team

01, Dec, 2022 @11:29 AM

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Acupuncture relieves back and pelvic pain during pregnancy, study suggests
Analysis shows significant benefits with no major side-effects for mother or baby but more trials needed ‘to confirm results’

Andrew Gregory Health editor

21, Nov, 2022 @11:30 PM

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‘Kangaroo mother care’ best for early and low birth-weight babies, says WHO
Premature or tiny newborns should go directly into sling worn by caregiver where possible, states latest advice

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

15, Nov, 2022 @4:38 PM

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‘I can’t give up on hope’: As the world’s population passes 8bn, new parents from Italy to India look to the future
In Siena, Luisa worries about social media. In Delhi, Nikita is trying to proof her house against air pollution. Here, couples who have welcomed a new child in recent months share their dreams and fears for them on an ever more crowded planet

Angela Giuffrida, Amrit Dhillon, Emine Saner, Caroline Ariba, Constance Malleret, Eva Corlett, Caroline Kimeu, Helen Davidson, Chi Hui Lin, Sam Wolfson and Olayide Oluwafunmilayo Soaga

15, Nov, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Care substandard at 39% of maternity units in England, NHS watchdog finds
Care Quality Commission reports deteriorating services and ‘the same concerns emerging again and again’

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

21, Oct, 2022 @5:00 AM

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East Kent inquiry: dozens of babies and mothers died or injured in childbirth
Damning report finds ‘shocking and uncomfortable’ failings at major NHS trust caused ‘significant harm’ to families

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

19, Oct, 2022 @5:03 PM

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‘I felt I was being assessed on my skin colour’: Black women around the world share their birth stories
From Rio to Reykjavik, London to Shanghai, Black women face a maternal health crisis. Six mothers share their stories of pregnancy, birth – and racism

Grace Holliday

13, Aug, 2022 @6:00 AM

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‘Difficult discussions’ as NHS faces shortage of childbirth pain relief
Some pregnant women denied usual choice as supplies of epidural kits and alternative drug both run low

Denis Campbell Health policy editor

07, Aug, 2022 @3:15 PM

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