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Elective Delivery Before 39 Weeks


What is a “medically indicated” delivery? A medically indicated delivery is done for a medical reason. These reasons may be the woman’s medical condition or a problem with the baby. Labor may be ind...

June 2013

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Breastfeeding Your Baby


How does breastfeeding benefit my baby? Breastfeeding benefits your baby in the following ways: Breast milk provides the perfect mix of vitamins, protein, and fat that your baby needs to grow. The...

June 2013

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Preterm Labor and Preterm Birth


What is preterm labor? Preterm labor is defined as regular contractions of the uterus resulting in changes in the cervix that start before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Changes in the cervix include efface...

May 2013

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Newborn Circumcision


What is circumcision? Circumcision is the surgical removal of the layer of skin, called the foreskin, that covers the glans (head) of the penis. FAQ039 What is circumcision? Circumcision is the sur...

September 2012

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Preconception Carrier Screening


What is preconception carrier screening? Preconception carrier screening is screening that you can have before becoming pregnant to help predict your chances of having a child with a genetic disorde...

August 2012

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Having Twins


What causes a twin pregnancy? Having twins runs in some families. The most important factor, however, is age. Women older than 30 years are more likely to have twins than are younger women. One reas...

June 2012

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Early Preterm Birth


What is early preterm birth? Most pregnancies last about 40 weeks. Babies born between 32 and 37 weeks of pregnancy are considered preterm. Babies born before 32 weeks are called "early preterm." FA...

August 2011

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Car Safety for You and Your Baby


What are safety belts? In most cars, the safety belt is one piece, made with a lap and shoulder belt. This is known as a three-point belt. One belt goes across your lap, and the other goes over your...

August 2011

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Group B Streptococcus and Pregnancy


What is group B streptococcus (GBS)? Group B streptococcus is one of the many types of bacteria that live in the body and usually do not cause serious illness. It is found in the digestive, urinary,...

August 2011

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Genetic Disorders


What are genes? Genes control your physical makeup. Genes come in pairs. Half of a fetus's genes come from the mother. The other half comes from the father. Some traits, such as blood type, are dete...

August 2011

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