Racial Disparities in Breast-Feeding May Start With Hospitals, Study Suggests

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed their babies, and here's one possible reason why: Hospitals in neighborhoods with many black residents do less to promote nursing than those in areas with more white residents, a U.S. government study finds.

Consumer Reports Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Tuna

THURSDAY, Aug. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a new review of seafood safety, Consumer Reports is advising that pregnant women avoid eating tuna due to concerns about mercury exposure.

White Women More Likely to Seek Fertility Treatment: Report

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- White, straight women are much more likely to seek treatment for infertility than minority, bisexual or lesbian women, a new study finds.

Teen Birth Rate Has Dropped Dramatically in Last Two Decades: CDC

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. teen birth rates fell dramatically during the past two decades, plummeting 57 percent and saving taxpayers billions of dollars, a new government report shows.

All Pregnant Women Need Flu Shot: Ob/Gyn Group

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get a flu shot.

For Kids, Risks of Parental Smoking Persist Long-Term, Study Finds

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking while pregnant or around an infant has long been linked to development of asthma and allergies in young children. Now, researchers have found that the risk may persist into the teen years.

Many Expectant Moms Don't Get Steroids That Protect Preterm Babies

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Only half of eligible women in low- and middle-income countries at risk for preterm birth receive an inexpensive drug that seems to help prevent complications and deaths in premature infants, a new study shows.

Fewer Unmarried Women Having Children, CDC Reports

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Fewer unmarried America women are having babies, with the notable exception of those who are over 35, federal health officials reported Wednesday.

Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child's intellectual development: By adolescence, many of these infants appear to catch up to classmates who weren't born early.

For Breech Baby, C-Section May Be Safer Option: Study

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breech babies are much more likely to die during vaginal delivery compared with cesarean section, according to a new study.