Fetal surgery — or operating on babies while they’re still in their mother’s womb — is a relatively new field of medicine that’s showing promise in improving the quality of life for children with certain birth defects.
If your child needs treatment for a congenital heart defect, do some research. He or she may be safer at a hospital that performs heart procedures frequently.
There’s yet another important reason to not smoke while you’re pregnant. Women who smoke during pregnancy may contribute to their child’s hearing loss years later, a new study finds. Erika Woodson, MD, did not take part in the study but treats hearing loss at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Woodson says of the study’s findings of hearing … Read More
A new tool may be better at deciphering early problems in a fetus than traditional tests. Most pregnant women have an ultrasound to identify potential birth defects. But advanced age, an abnormal result on a Down’s syndrome screening or an abnormality on the ultrasound itself will typically prompt more testing. In these cases, a traditional … Read More