Latest Pregnancy and childbirth News

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Nov. 26, 2021 11:34 AM EST

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its...

US health officials say Merck’s COVID-19 pill is effective, will seek advice next week on safety during pregnancy

Nov. 26, 2021 09:10 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — US health officials say Merck’s COVID-19 pill is effective, will seek advice next week on safety during pregnancy.

Pregnant with COVID: Recovering after 85-day hospital stay

Nov. 25, 2021 03:18 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Paola Gambini arrived at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies by ambulance on July 29, with a nearly full-term pregnancy and a COVID-19 diagnosis, gasping for air. “I remember the EMTs telling us, ‘you called at the right...

Research links COVID-19 in pregnancy with stillbirths

Nov. 19, 2021 13:32 PM EST

Pregnant women with COVID-19 face increased chances for stillbirths compared with uninfected women, and that risk spiked to four times higher after the delta variant emerged, new government data show. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a...

Beshear proposes merger of education and labor cabinets

Nov. 18, 2021 17:56 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear announced Thursday that his administration is moving forward with a merger of Kentucky's education and labor cabinets. The Democratic governor said the current arrangement makes it difficult to remain competitive for some federal...

Alabama boy named world's most premature infant to survive

Nov. 10, 2021 13:47 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama boy who weighed less than a pound at birth after his mother went into labor at only 21 weeks and one day of gestation has been certified as the world's most premature baby to survive. Guinness World Records and...

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

Oct. 19, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Sometimes when she’s feeding her infant daughter, Amanda Harrison is overcome with emotion and has to wipe away tears of gratitude. She is lucky to be here, holding her baby. Harrison was 29 weeks pregnant and unvaccinated when she got sick...

Months after pregnant mom stabbed, baby home from hospital

Oct. 17, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

Months after his pregnant mother was stabbed, a baby born by emergency Cesarean section is out of a Georgia hospital. Valerie Kasper posted the news Thursday on a GoFundMe page which a friend set up for her. It has raised more than the $100,000 goal. ...

Women left behind: Gender gap emerges in Africa's vaccines

Oct. 14, 2021 04:33 AM EDT

SARE GIBEL, Gambia (AP) — The health outreach workers who drove past Lama Mballow's village with a megaphone handed out T-shirts emblazoned with the words: “I GOT MY COVID-19 VACCINE!” By then, the women in Sare Gibel already had heard the rumors on social media:...

Study: 'Sociability' hormone didn't help kids with autism

Oct. 13, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

Children with autism didn't benefit from an experimental therapy made with a hormone thought to promote social bonding, researchers reported Wednesday in the largest study of its kind. “This is really a major setback," said Dr. Linmarie Sikich, a Duke University...