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The increased frequency of cleanings will help expectant mothers give birth to full-term, healthy babies by preventing or minimizing gum disease, a condition that can increase the likelihood of premature birth.
Female insects can give birth to broods with multiple fathers, and theorists have proposed that boosting the genetic diversity of a brood should make the colony better able to withstand parasites.
Lesa X, a 23-year-old mother of two, is about to give birth to her third baby with the help of a midwife, and the world can watch the whole experience live on the Internet.
Exposure to ozone and carbon monoxide - two air pollutants common in Southern California - may increase the chance that a pregnant woman will give birth to a child with heart defects, a study released Friday shows.
Pregnant women suffering from a common vaginal infection are 40 percent more likely to give birth to premature, low-birthweight infants than are uninfected pregnant women.
They wanted to give birth to another child, even as the adoption process of the boy began.
Although women aged 35 and older are at greatest risk, women of all ages can give birth to an infant with the syndrome.
More than three years ago, the baby - whose HIV-positive mother is due to give birth to her in June - would have had about a 1-in-4 chance of contracting the virus.
In a month, she is due to give birth to Marisa, her first child, at San Francisco General Hospital.
It was not immediately known whether the mother is the oldest on record to give birth to quadruplets in the United States.
The likelihood that a woman will give birth to twins increases until about age 40, she said.
Overweight women thinking of becoming pregnant should include weight loss in their preconception program, suggests a new study that found that these women are more likely to give birth to infants with birth defects than thinner mothers.