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How maternal nurse home visits help mums

Australian researchers have found a simple way to improve the mental health and wellbeing of mothers living in adversity. Mothers reported lower rates of depression, anxiety and stress after regular home visits by maternal and child health nurses.

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Genomics: Would you test your child?

Genomic testing reviews the whole of a person’s genetic makeup. Researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute set out to discover if parents were offered additional genetic information about their newborn, would they accept it?

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Midwives key to improve vaccination rates

A study has found that midwives could be the key to increasing the uptake of maternal and childhood vaccines. Midwives have been identified as one of the most highly trusted health care providers by women within the public antenatal hospital system.

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Premature birth and the link to ADHD

Children born very preterm are showing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), three times higher than the general population, studies are showing, however monitoring can assist health care professionals with early intervention.

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Epigenetics: Child development and genes

Epigenetics is an emerging area of research. We already knew that the experiences young children have in their first 1000 days plays a role in their development. We now know these early experiences can actually change the way their genes are expressed.

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You and your baby at 9-12 weeks pregnant

At 12 weeks pregnant you are almost past the first trimester. You will be feeling fuller and will notice lots of changes in your body. Your first ultrasound happens at around 12 weeks and your baby is tiny but fully formed by then.

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You and your baby at 17-20 weeks pregnant

Congratulations! You've reached the halfway mark of your pregnancy. Between 17 and 20 weeks pregnant your baby is growing quickly and you will start to feel him or her wriggling around, and they may even respond to loud noises.

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You and your baby at 13-16 weeks pregnant

By 16 weeks pregnant your small baby bump will become obvious to the outside world. Your baby is growing fast now and by 14 weeks will weigh around 25g and be about 85mm long. Baby's hearing is developing as well as its sensitivity to light.

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