Prenatal Information

Tobacco Smoke Exposure Linked to CHD’s

Women who smoke or are exposed to tobacco smoke early in their pregnancies are more likely to have children with certain types of congenital heart defects. “The heart’s basic structures develop very early in pregnancy, before many women realize they are pregnant,” said Sadia Malik, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., the study’s lead author and an assistant professorContinue Reading

NICU Parents – Trauma May Last

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or P.T.S.D. — a mental illness more often associated with surviving war, car accidents and assaults, is now being recognized in parents of sick or premature infants in the NICU. A new study from Stanford University School of Medicine, published in the journal Psychosomatics, followed 18 such parents, both men and women.Continue Reading

New Newborn Screening – NICU Network Neurobehavioral Scale (NNNS)

When a baby is born, new parents often wonder, “Will he be the next President of the United States?” or “Could she be the one to find a cure for cancer?” But the underlying question for many specialists is, “Is this child ‘at risk’ for developmental issues?” Until now, an answer to this question hasContinue Reading

Genetic Counseling

What Is Genetic Counseling? Genetic counseling is a service to help individuals and families translate scientific knowledge into practical information. A genetic counselor works with a person or family that may be at risk for an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome, discussing their chances of having children who are affected. Providers of genetic counselingContinue Reading

How an expectant mother’s nutrition affects fetus

Timeframe before conception may be linked to disease later in life. Mothers’ health in the days and weeks prior to becoming pregnant may determine the health of offspring much later in life, according to results of studies reported at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. These studies demonstrate that maternalContinue Reading

Best Prenatal Care Begins Before Conception: A Doctor’s Perspective

I was talking with a reporter the other day about routine pregnancy care and the first question she asked me was, “When in pregnancy is it best to make your first doctor’s appointment?” She was caught off guard when I told her, “That’s easy. Before you ever get pregnant!” We have preached for a longContinue Reading

Some Fertility Treatments Linked to Birth Defects

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that infants born as a result of assisted reproductive technology, or ART — such as in vitro fertilization and the use of donor eggs — are two to four times more likely to be born with certain types of birth defects thanContinue Reading

Complex CHD’s – does environment play a role?

Some complex congenital heart defects in newborns are significantly more common during the summer, leading researchers to believe that the environment, and not just genes that affect the heart, may play a role in causing “mini-epidemics” of this disease. A cardiac surgeon from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center presented this research at the annual AmericanContinue Reading

Parenting Starts At Conception: CHD Awareness To Help You Be An Advocate For Your Unborn Child

What is congenital heart disease (CHD)? Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect. Infants with CHD have abnormal structure to their heart which creates abnormal blood flow patterns. Approximately eight of every 1,000 infants born have a form of CHD. Some forms of CHD cause no or very few problems in theContinue Reading

Topamax Drug May Raise Risk Of Birth Defects

The epilepsy and migraine prevention drug Topamax has been linked to an increased risk of birth defects in babies born to epilepsy patients who took it during pregnancy, a small study shows. In a study published in the latest issue of the journal Neurology, taking Topamax (topiramate) during pregnancy was associated with a birth defectContinue Reading