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No Link Seen Between Oxytocin-Assisted Labor and ADHD
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Read more...Mothers who get an extra boost during labor with the medication oxytocin don't face a higher risk of having a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new study says.

If a woman giving birth stops progressing during labor, she might receive oxytocin (brand name: Pitocin) as "augmentation." This drug is a synthetic version of the oxytocin hormone involved in birth. It helps push labor along, increasing the likelihood that the cervix will continue dilating. But the hormone may have other effects, too.

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Overly Controlling Moms Lose Out, Study Says
Monday, February 09, 2015

Read more...Helicopter parents, take note: A mother has a better relationship with her child if she respects the youngster's need for independence at a young age, a new study suggests.

Mothers who allowed children more freedom at age 2 were viewed more positively by their children later in childhood, according to the University of Missouri study.

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Do Pregnant Women Need High Blood Pressure Treatment?
Monday, February 09, 2015

Read more...When pregnant women have high blood pressure, more-intensive treatment doesn't seem to affect their babies, but it may lower the odds that moms will develop severely high blood pressure.

That's the conclusion of a clinical trial reported in the Jan. 29 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy Won't Harm Baby's Heart, Study Suggests
Monday, February 09, 2015

Read more...Antidepressants taken during the first three months of pregnancy don't appear to increase the risk of heart defects in babies, new research suggests.

However, this latest study contradicts previous research that found that taking antidepressants in pregnancy can be risky.

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Mom's Affection Helps Babies Grow Into Less Stressed Adults
Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Read more...The more a mother showers her infant child with warmth and affection, the less anxiety, hostility and general distress the child will ultimately grow up to harbor as an adult, new research indicates.

The finding is based on the tracking of 482 children from the age of 8 months all the way up to an average age of 34 years. The results suggest that maternal affection at a very young age can have a critical long-range impact on mental health and emotional coping skills.

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