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Taiwan couples seek surrogacy abroad to escape ban

Three years ago Mr and Ms Lee fulfilled their dream of parenthood with the help of a surrogate mother. But like many Taiwanese couples in their position, they were forced to seek surrogacy abroad because the procedure is illegal at home. "Healthy couples cannot imagine the difficulty and pain we have been through. We tried everything we could," said Lee, a 40-year-old businessman in Taipei who did not wish to give his full name.

Clamping umbilical cord later may boost babies' iron

By Kathryn Doyle NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Pinching off the umbilical cord as soon as possible after birth may not be best for babies, according to a new review. Studies showed infants tended to have higher levels of iron in their blood when the cord was clamped up to three minutes after birth, rather than the usual less than one minute. An extra minute or two might allow more iron-rich blood to flow from the placenta to the baby, researchers said.

Labor induction may not raise cesarean risk for all

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - While doctors and health officials battle rising cesarean section rates, a fresh look at past research suggests that induction of labor may not be contributing to the problem. It has been thought that inducing labor in a woman whose pregnancy has lasted too long, but whose water hasn't broken, could result in the need for a C-section. But in a review of 37 studies on labor induction, researchers found that it actually decreased the risk of having a C-section.

North Carolina Republican governor threatens veto of abortion curbs

(Reuters) - North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Wednesday that he would veto a proposal from fellow Republicans in the state legislature that would tighten regulations on abortion clinics, an unusual move that may kill the proposal for this session. Republicans tend to be anti-abortion, and Democrats tend to favor abortion rights. In his statement, McCrory told North Carolina lawmakers that any abortion measures must be drafted so they "are clearly to protect the health and the safety of women."

For many rural women giving birth, travel is part of the experience: study

TORONTO - Mothers-to-be in rural and remote parts of Canada face a different experience than their urban counterparts when they are giving birth, with longer trips to hospital and less access to the specialist doctors that women in urban centres might see. But despite that, the outcomes in terms of their health and their babies' health does not seem to be substantially different, says a new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Mississippi aims to curb teen pregnancy with umbilical blood law

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - Mississippi will require doctors to collect umbilical cord blood from babies born to some young mothers, under a new law intended to identify statutory rapists and reduce the state's rate of teenage pregnancy, the highest in the country.

Mississippi aims to curb teen pregnancy with umbilical blood law

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - Mississippi will require doctors to collect umbilical cord blood from babies born to some young mothers, under a new law intended to identify statutory rapists and reduce the state's rate of teenage pregnancy, the highest in the country.

Baby rescued from toilet in China released from hospital

Beijing, May 30 (EFE).- The baby boy who was rescued after being thrown into a toilet in eastern Zhejiang province was released from the hospital, the Chinese press said Thursday. The newborn has been reunited with his relatives, according to media outlets who, however, did not specify whether the baby is now with his father or his grandparents. The story began last Saturday, when a woman reported the presence of a newborn infant in the drainpipe of a toilet. Later, she admitted being the child's mother.

Blood test could predict postpartum depression

Pregnant women could soon take a blood test to determine whether or not they are at risk for postpartum depression, scientists say.

300,000 day-old babies die each year in India

More than 300,000 babies die within 24 hours of being born in India each year from infections and other preventable causes, a report said Tuesday, blaming a lack of political will and funding for the crisis. India accounts for 29 percent of all newborn deaths worldwide, according to the charity Save the Children which published the findings at the launch of its annual State of the World's Mothers report. The report on 186 countries showed South Asia -- which accounts for 24 percent of the world's population -- recording 40 percent of the world's first-day deaths.
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