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Center for Disease Control Calls for More Research About the Safety of Using Antidepressant Medications During Pregnancy

February 2nd, 2016

In the CDC’s most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the agency calls for greater research on antidepressant drug use during pregnancy. The CDC’s research in the past has indicated that there may be a link between the use of SSRI antidepressant medications during pregnancy and an increased risk of serious birth defects in children.

The CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is working to improve the health of mothers and their children with their new Treating for Two initiative. Treating for Two aims to work with pregnant women to identify safer treatment options.

Read more about the CDC’s Treating for Two initiative here.

Seizure Activity in Newborns – Hypoxia

According to the Florida Neonatal Neurological Network about 20 out of every 1,000 full term births will be affected by a lack of oxygen to the brain (hypoxia) during labor and delivery.  Babies who are born prematurely are at even greater risk, because their lungs are not fully developed and they are unable to fully manage breathing on their own. Hypoxia is the most frequent cause of seizure activity in newborns and can cause additional…

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Periventricular Leukomalacia in Newborns

Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is an injury to the brain which occurs when tissue deep in the baby’s brain, called the white matter, dies away or is damaged.   If a baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery, the brain cells in the baby’s white matter can die or be damaged.  The patches of damaged or dying brain cells which lead to a diagnosis of PVL can be seen on brain imaging studies,…

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Birth Injury Due To Placental Abruption

The placenta is an organ that develops inside a woman’s uterus during pregnancy. Once a baby is conceived, the placenta forms to supply oxygen and nutrients to the baby, as well as remove waste products from the baby’s blood. The placenta attaches to the uterine wall, and the baby’s umbilical cord arises from it. In some cases, however, the placenta can separate from the uterine wall, causing the baby to stop receiving an adequate supply…

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Microcephaly Following Hypoxic Brain Injury at Birth

Microcephaly is a medical condition defined by a small head circumference. It is noticeable as a disproportionately small head for the size of the growing child. There are many different ways this condition can develop, including preventable brain injury at birth, which stunts the growth of the baby’s brain and skull. Acquired microcephaly in very young children can be caused by lack of oxygen during birth. If signs of the baby suffering from hypoxia during…

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