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I hope you enjoyed our Mommy Con recap in lieu of a "Birth News" installment last week.  Here are the articles I have collected that I thought would be of interest to those of you TTC, currently pregnant, or getting close to welcoming your babies.  

This week was also Remembrance Day for families that have experienced the grief of loss.  I open this post with an event to honor their brief passage through our lives.

Remembrance Service for Miscarriage, Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss
Memorial service for those lost through miscarriage, still birth or neonatal complications.
The Bereavement Support Teams at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers, invite you to a service in memory of those little ones lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal complications. Join us in love, support and comfort, as we mourn and remember these babies.
The memorial service will occur on Friday Oct. 18 at 5:00 PM.  Mercy Gilbert Medical Center’s Healing Garden, 3555 S. Val Vista Drive.
To learn more, visit 
Source: AFN

New Test May Spot Which Embryos Stand Greatest Chance of Survival
“Doctors have unveiled a new test for determining which embryos have the best chance of survival.

The amount of mitochondria found in the cells of an embryo appeared to be a marker of its health, doctors reported Monday at the International Federation of Fertility Societies and American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in Boston. Research presented at meetings is considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

Higher levels of mitochondria -- the "powerhouses" of cells -- seemed to indicate an embryo was under stress and less likely to successfully implant in a woman's uterus, said study co-author Dr. Dagan Wells, a scientific leadership fellow at Oxford University in England.”
Source: US News and World Report

Increase seen in donor eggs for in vitro fertilization, with improved outcomes
“Between 2000 and 2010 in the United States the number of donor eggs used for in vitro fertilization increased, and outcomes for births from those donor eggs improved, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the International Federation of Fertility Societies joint annual meeting.”
Source: Science Codex

BPA exposure may increase miscarriage risk in pregnant women
“A new study presented Oct. 14 at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's (ASRM) annual meeting in Boston found women with the highest levels of BPA, or bisphenol A, in their blood were significantly more likely to miscarry than women with the lowest levels of the ubiquitous chemical.

"Many studies on environmental contaminants' impact on reproductive capacity have been focused on infertility patients and it is clear that high levels of exposure affect them negatively," Dr. Linda Giudice, president of ASRM, said in a statement. "These studies extend our observations to the general population and show that these chemicals are a cause for concern to all of us."
Source: CBS News

Air pollution tied to high blood pressure in pregnancy
“Pregnant women who live in neighbourhoods with lots of air pollution may be slightly more likely to develop high blood pressure, a new study says.”

“Abbott, who was not involved in the research, said it had some key limitations. For example, some factors that affect a woman's risk of getting high blood pressure, such as her weight, were not taken into account. In addition, the study did not look at whether any women moved to a different neighbourhood while pregnant or spent most of their time away from home, where pollution was measured.

For those reasons, Abbott told Reuters Health, more research is needed to determine whether there are any blood pressure-related benefits to moving to an area with less pollution, or to staying indoors on high-pollution days while pregnant. "I would not make any recommendations to my patients based on this research," she said. The author is a student at the Boston University School of Medicine, and Abbott is a former professor of hers.”
Source: Health24

Babies can be born dependent on drugs, even prescription medicine
"Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome is a medical condition that occurs when a baby has been exposed during pregnancy to opiates," Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Carla Saunders explained.
In Jason's case, his mother took a specific prescription medicine for chronic migraine headaches, one she was told was safe for her unborn child.”

Maternal cardiac function may predict outcomes in preeclampsia 
“Women at high risk of early preeclampsia who show signs of abnormal hemodynamic function earlier in pregnancy may be more likely to have adverse pregnancy outcomes, new data suggest.”
My note: this is a very small study – only 36 women in sample size
Source: OBGYN News

Using Prenatal Corticosteroids does not Increase Children’s Death Rate
“Even though the majority of pregnancies result in healthy live births, pregnant women still have to take some measures to prevent complications from arising. For some women, taking prenatal corticosteroids is necessary to curb preterm births, which increase the infant's and mother's risks of having potentially life threatening problems during and post birth. Women who are at high risk of giving birth prematurely are usually recommended to receive one dosage of this type of therapy. According to a new study, receiving multiple courses of prenatal corticosteroids does not appear to increase or decrease the risk of death or disability for children.”
Source: Counsel & Heal

Birth gets the brain ready to sense the world
"Our results clearly demonstrate that birth has active roles in brain formation and maturation," says senior study author Hiroshi Kawasaki of Kanazawa University in Japan. "We found that birth regulates neuronal circuit formation not only in the somatosensory system but also in the visual system. Therefore, it seems reasonable to speculate that birth actually plays a wider role in various brain regions."
Source: Medical Xpress

Birth Prepares the Newborn Brain to Sense the World with Sensory Maps
“A lot of things happen during birth. Chemical processes change in the brain as children travel through the birth canal. Now, scientists have discovered that the actual act of birth in mice causes a reduction in a brain chemical called serotonin. This triggers sensory maps to form, which prepares the mice to sense the world and prepares mice for survival outside the womb.”
Source: Science World Report

Searching for the secrets behind anesthesia 
"Surprisingly, even though we use these drugs in easily 250 million patients every year across the world, and have been using them since about 1850, we don't know how they work," said Roderic Eckenhoff, a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Pennsylvania.

"There is concern right now, for example, that these drugs could have a durable cognitive effect, in other words, they might not leave the brain entirely unchanged," he explained."
My note: If this doesn't make people question epidural drugs, I do not know what will.  There is an appropriate use for them, however wholesale acceptance looks to be irresponsible.
Source: NewsWorks

My note: So between messing with birth and introducing drugs...we have to wonder if we are changing the incidence of depression by continuing to question the idea that Birth Matters:
Oxytocin Dysfunction Seen in Both Depressed Moms and Kids
"A dysfunctional oxytocin system may underpin the long-term harmful effects of maternal depression on child development, suggesting a potential for oxytocin-based interventions, researchers say.

"Infants of depressed mothers have long-lasting difficulties both in general and specifically in social and emotional outcomes, such as social engagement with others, the capacity for empathy, which underpin the capacity for intimacy," Ruth Feldman, PhD, psychology professor at Ban-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel, who worked on the study, told Medscape Medical News." 
Source: Medscape

Seattle Children’s researcher finds a clue to the mystery of SIDS
“A physician and researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital made another breakthrough in his research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a mysterious disease that leaves grieving parents looking for answers that science has yet to provide.

The latest finding supports his earlier work, which indicates that SIDS babies don’t necessarily have a problem with their brain. Instead, Dr. Daniel Rubens’ research has indicated that problems with hearing and the inner ear may be linked to SIDS.”
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Screening for newborns a lifesaver
“Today every state tests babies at birth for PKU — but not just that. There are now more than 50 disorders that can be picked up through screening, 31 of which comprise the "core conditions" of the government's Recommended Uniform Screening Panel. Other conditions are likely to be added to the panel. All but two of them — hearing loss and critical congenital heart disease — can be detected by automated analysis of a few drops of dried blood from a heel stick done within a few days of birth." 
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette

This Is Breastfeeding In Real Life
“Turner started taking pictures of nursing moms around five years ago. Her shots were posed and “idealized,” she told HuffPost Parents over e-mail. But she wasn't interested in the improbable scenes of women on mountaintops in flowy clothing with happy and cooperative babies one sometimes sees: she wanted to represent real moms’ experiences. Gradually, she started to take her camera out into the world, where babies actually eat. “Most women I know are breastfeeding one child while sitting on a bench in the park or the mall and trying to fish crackers out of a diaper bag for another kid all while wearing an old t-shirt with a spit up stain on it,” Turner said.”
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