Study: Accuracy of Five Self‐Report Screening Instruments for Substance Use in Pregnancy
Nearly one-fourth of pregnant women report having used alcohol, tobacco, or other substances in the past month, yet current screening questionnaires used by physicians may not accurately identify many of them. Kimberly A. Yonkers, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services at Yale School of Medicine, was the senior researcher among investigators across three universities who compared results of five commonly used questionnaires against laboratory testing.
Study Links Depression During Pregnancy, Risky Postpartum Sexual Behavior
Depression is one of the most common complications of pregnancy, but the focus is typically on postpartum depression. Now, the Yale School of Public Health has found that among young, urban women of color, depressive symptoms can start during pregnancy and can be a precursor to risky sexual behavior after a baby is born.
Endocrine Society Educates Congress About the Science of PFAS Exposure
The Endocrine Society hosted a congressional briefing on November 6th, 2019, on the latest science with policy makers on how federally funded research is helping to understand and address the health effects of exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. Expert scientists gathered to discuss widespread contamination issues and diverse health effects attributed to PFAS exposure. Zeyan Liew, PhD, MPH, from the Yale School of Public Health shared his research exploring the effects of PFAS on maternal thyroid function and neurodevelopmental outcomes in exposed children.
High exposure to harmful chemical impacts thyroid hormones in pregnant mothers
Studies conducted by Assistant Professor, Zeyan Liew, at the Yale School of Public Health, focus on a group of harmful chemicals known as PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) that can affect hormones during pregnancy crucial to fetal development. Efforts are underway by Yale professors, Dr. Krystal Pollitt and Dr. John Fortner, to investigate the chemical structures and ban the use of PFAS as well as determine routes for removing or destroying the substances from the environment.
Moms-to-be teach each other in monthly group prenatal visits
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In a big room full of moms-to-be, pregnant women check each other’s blood pressure and weight, a nurse-midwife measures their growing bellies, and they all join a seated circle for two hours of candid talk about what to expect when you’re expecting.
MOMS Partnership® listed as a top 'Two-Gen' strategy in nation
Ascend at the Aspen Institute – a leader in identifying and cultivating transformational approaches to family well-being by focusing on parents and children simultaneously – released a report June 14 that identifies the MOMS Partnership® as one of the most effective two-generation interventions in the country.
Maternal Mortality Data Leads to Free Maternity Services Nationwide in Kenya
In 2013, Kenya’s Ministry of Health turned to its health information system to investigate the cause of alarmingly high rates of women dying in childbirth. What they found was a problem with access: more than a third of women were giving birth at home without a skilled health provider due to financial and geographic barriers to accessing health facilities.
Group care project for pregnant women is underway in the territory
To encourage pregnant women to show up for their medical check-ups and to make the process less of a burden for mothers-to-be, the LBJ Medical Center has come up with a program that'll provide, among other things, nutrition education and caring for the infant.
Many Women in Low-Income Areas Have Poor Access to Obstetric and Neonatal Care, Study Finds
A research team led by the Yale School of Public Health has found that many pregnant women in low-income areas have to travel farther than their peers to reach the nearest hospitals to deliver their babies-and the gap in accessible health care appears to be growing.