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Women in the UK are more than twice as likely to die in pregnancy and childbirth as those in Poland, Austria or Belarus, according to a charity. Save the Children's annual State of the World's Mothers report placed the UK in 24th place globally in the best places to be…
A new test for Down's syndrome has been described as a "major turning point in antenatal screening" that would also be far cheaper than the current NHS screening programme. All pregnant women are offered the chance to have a blood test to see if their unborn child is likely to…
Edinburgh has become the first city in the world to offer the family nurse partnership programme to all eligible women after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the service is to continue on a sustained basis. Speaking at a reception to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the scheme for first-time…
The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people. The first baby conceived after mitochondrial donation techniques may be born as early as next year after peers in the House of Lords voted against a move to…
Women trying to conceive and those in the first three months of pregnancy are advised not to drink any alcohol at all under new updated advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The college's previous guidance stated that mothers-to-be should not drink more than two units once…
Suggestions that Britain will allow "genetic modification" by permitting the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people, have been dismissed by the Public Health Minister. Mitochondrial donation techniques aimed at preventing serious inherited diseases will be legalised should MPs back a controversial amendment to the 2008 Human…
Nearly a quarter of girls leaving care become teenage mothers – around three times the national average, according to a new report by a leading think-tank. The 22 per cent figure means that around 1,000 females from care are becoming teenage mothers every year. The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ)…
Women at risk of mental health problems should receive more support at every stage of pregnancy, healthcare professionals are to be told. Doctors, nurses, health visitors and midwives will be given updated guidelines on how to safely treat women before, during and after pregnancy. The guidelines, tackling a wide range…
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