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Prenatal use of the psychoactive drug benzodiazepines is not a major risk factor for altered neurodevelopment in early childhood, despite crossing the human blood-placenta barrier, according to a review in Neurotoxicology and Teratology.

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The disproportionate negative impact of sociopolitical stressors on Black women and Latinas in the United States exacerbates prenatal anxiety in these 2 groups, according to a review and recommendations published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry.

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The FDA recently issued a statement warning the public of the risks and potential false results obtained with noninvasive prenatal screening tests, noting that inappropriate usage and interpretation has resulted in improper medical decisions.

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An integrated model for prenatal care that incorporates both virtual and in-person visits has been well-received by patients and health care providers alike, according to a review in the Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health.

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Prenatal attachment levels were enhanced among pregnant women who were pleased with their appearance and body, displayed a positive attitude about their physical fitness, and engaged in practices that bolstered their health and physical capacity, according to a study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing.

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A study published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine compared prenatal care in women with various disabilities.

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Because the treatment options for imminent extreme premature labor center largely on patient preference, decision aids (DA) can help facilitate the patient-provider discussion and guide the shared decision-making process.

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An oral concurrent session at SMFM’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting highlighted an analysis of pregnancy outcomes after optimal prenatal opioid use disorder care.

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An oral abstract presentation at SMFM’s 42nd Annual Pregnancy Meeting explored cfDNA testing and participants’ knowledge and willingness of genetic data sharing.

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Through its new Visiting Scientist Program and Digital Innovation Fellowship, Maven aims to improve its care model and continue improving prenatal health outcomes.

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