Monthly Archives: December 2015

Microorganisms in the womb set stage for diseases

Researchers review importance of microorganisms that exist in the gut, suggesting perturbation of the environment during pregnancy, delivery and early infancy could impact the developing baby’s early microbiome and set the stage for health problems later in life. The term ‘microbiome’ refers to the trillions of organisms we harbor, on our skin and within our respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.

Mothers-to-be, babies benefit from group prenatal care, study finds

Group prenatal care can substantially improve health outcomes for both mothers and their infants, a new study has found. Women who received group — rather than individual — prenatal care were 33% less likely to have infants who were small for gestational age, had reduced risk for preterm delivery and low birthweight, and babies born to these women also spent fewer days in the neonatal intensive care unit.