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A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that elective repeat cesarean delivery before 39 weeks increases the risks to the newborn. Risks can include respiratory problems, infection, low blood sugar, and prolonged hospitalizations. The good news is that the current standard of care is not to schedule elective cesarean deliveries before 39 […]

Women with preterm labor who were given intravenous magnesium sulfate were found to have newborns with a lower rate of cerebral palsy. Fortunately, magnesium sulfate is a commonly used medication in the U.S. to stop preterm labor in hospitalized patients, and this is a promising finding. Doyle LW, et al “Magnesium sulfate for women at risk of […]

A new study shows that babies who sleep with a fan in their room have a 72% lower chance of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The reduction in risk was much lower (16%) if you looked at infants who were already sleeping on their backs.