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Pregnancy & Birth

In this section, we have compiled new insights into the topic of nutrition during pregnancy – for good nutrient supply and the healthy development of the baby.

Expanding the foundation for decisions on the treatment of extremely preterm infants

The decision to provide intensive care to periviable infants is an ethical dilemma. A Norwegian study investigated how paediatric residents would hypothetically treat their own infant if born at 22–26 weeks. …

Maternal faecal transplantation to caesarean-born infants?

During vaginal birth, infants are exposed to maternal intestinal and vaginal microbes. These microbes colonise the infant’s intestines and create the basis for an intestinal microbiota which is a key factor for their health in later life. After a caesarean birth…

Protection from infection through transfer of IgG antibodies via cord blood after maternal SARS-CoV-2 infection during pregnancy

Newborns are protected from infection by their innate, immature immune system and by diaplacentally transferred maternal antibodies. A research team from Philadelphia (USA) looked at a large number of SARS-CoV-2 infection cases…