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Nearly 1 in 5 new mothers experiences OCD, study finds

Nearly 1 in 5 new mothers experiences OCD, study finds

Health
March 23 (UPI) -- Nearly one in five new mothers reports symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder within a year of giving birth, according to a study published Tuesday by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. An estimated 8% of women experience symptoms of the disorder at some point during pregnancy. In addition, 17% of new mothers have OCD symptoms within 38 weeks of delivery, the data showed. Advertisement Earlier studies have estimated the prevalence of OCD among pregnant women and new mothers at just over 2%. "Perinatal OCD is common, and we have a responsibility to identify those who experience it and ensure they receive timely, evidence-based treatment," study co-author Dr. Nichole Fairbrother said in a press release. "When mothers have these kinds of thoughts they might think, 'The...

During Covid, some working mothers find a silver lining: more time with their children

Finance
By almost every measure, the coronavirus crisis has been devastating for working women.More women work on the front lines and are at a greater risk of contracting Covid-19, putting themselves and their families in jeopardy.They have reported increased anxiety and stress as a direct result of new work routines and concerns about job security. At the same time, they have borne the brunt of job losses or had to reduce their hours or take a leave from work in order to take on additional duties at home.  More from Personal Finance:School holidays are particularly challenging for working parentsA return to the office may be coming as vaccinations increasePandemic pushes millions from the labor forceAs women, particularly mothers, exit the workforce, they are also leaving...
Study: Education, advocacy program reduces pregnancy complications in at-risk mothers

Study: Education, advocacy program reduces pregnancy complications in at-risk mothers

Health
Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A program designed to bring education and care services to communities most at-risk for preterm birth and infant death reduces these complications by nearly 50%, a study published Tuesday by the Journal of Maternal and Child Health found. Infant mortality among babies born to mothers who took part in the program, called Moms2B, was less than 1%, while it was nearly 2% for babies born to women who were not exposed to it, the data showed. Advertisement About 11% of babies born to mothers in the program were delivered preterm -- at less than 37 weeks -- compared to 13% for non-Moms2B mothers, the researchers said. "Our program is neighborhood-based, so we are in churches and community meeting rooms where women are comfortable," study co-author Dr. Patricia Gabbe told UPI. "...
U.S. Air Force orders all units to accommodate breastfeeding mothers

U.S. Air Force orders all units to accommodate breastfeeding mothers

Business
Aug. 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Air Force units must provide breastfeeding stations for nursing personnel under a policy announced this week. An Air Force Guidance Memorandum of Aug. 15 calls for action that "immediately implements policy and procedures for women's health by supporting nursing mothers with a private, secure (lockable from the inside) and sanitary area, herein referred to as a lactation room, within unit facilities." The order applies to accommodations for all new mothers in the Air Force, and calls for a lactation room, similar to a break room. It specifies appropriate furniture and lighting, as well as electrical outlets and proximity to hot and cold running water. "This policy gap came to our attention from the grassroots level. Our job here is to do what we can to make it easie...
Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

Pregnant mothers give birth in olive groves after fleeing Syria violence

World
Officials in the last rebel outpost in Syria have told Sky News an estimated 700,000 people have been forced out of their homes due to a recent surge in violence in Idlib province.We gained exclusive access to the last rebel outpost of Idlib and saw people sheltering in olive groves after fleeing from the renewed fighting. Three women were recovering after giving birth there. Sky News witnessed at first hand the breaching of the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey - and spoke to terrified and angry people who are now threatening to force their way out of Syria, to head to Turkey and Europe in an attempt to find a safe haven.The huge numbers of displaced people inside Syria have prompted fresh concerns about another mass migration unless the fighting is stopped. ...