Can Mental Illness Be Prevented In The Womb?

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/22/498843225/can-mental-illness-be-prevented-in-the-womb

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Every day in the United States, millions of expectant mothers take a prenatal vitamin on the advice of their doctor.

The counsel typically comes with physical health in mind: folic acid to help avoid fetal spinal cord problems; iodine to spur healthy brain development; calcium to be bound like molecular Legos into diminutive baby bones.

But what about a child’s future mental health? Questions about whether ADHD might arise a few years down the road or whether schizophrenia could crop up in young adulthood tend to be overshadowed by more immediate parental anxieties. As a friend with a newborn daughter recently fretted over lunch, “I’m just trying not to drop her!”

Yet much as pediatricians administer childhood vaccines to guard against future infections, some psychiatrists now are thinking about how to shift their treatment-centric discipline toward one that also deals in early prevention.

In 2013, University of Colorado psychiatrist Robert Freedman and colleagues recruited 100 healthy, pregnant women from greater Denver to study whether giving the B vitamin choline during pregnancy would enhance brain growth in the developing fetus.

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Miscarriage Causes, Rates Widely Misunderstood, Study Shows

Miscarriage Causes, Rates Widely Misunderstood, Study Shows

Most men and women wrongly believe that miscarriage is highly uncommon, and many do not understand its causes, according to a national survey analyzing perceptions of miscarriage.

The widespread lack of understanding may contribute to feelings of isolation and guilt among individuals who have experienced a pregnancy loss, the survey also found.

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Medicaid and Doulas: New York Coalition for Doula Access (everymothercounts.org)

http://everymothercounts.org/blog/201310/medicaid-and-doulas-new-york-coalition-doula-access

“Doula’s provide cost reductions because they are responsible for a 20-21% potential reduction in c-section rates. They foster an open and supportive labor environment that works to avoid intervention and the costs related to those interventions. They found there were significant savings in New York specifically, a state with high birth rates and high numbers of people with Medicaid”….(click link to read on everymothercounts.org)