On the hormonal roller coaster of life, the ups and downs of childbirth are the Tower of Power. For nine long months, a woman’s body and brain absorb a slow upwelling of hormones, notably progesterone and estrogen. The ovaries and placenta produce these two chemicals in a gradual but relentless rise to support the developing fetus.
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Maternal Care Action Group Welcomes Mental Health Inquiry Announcement
Maternal Care Action Group (MCAGNZ) spokesperson Kristina Paterson is thrilled that the promised Mental Health Inquiry is being announced today. "For us, it's been a long time coming. Till today, we have made submissions to the previous Government and the gaps mothers are experiencing in maternal mental health but there has been no action taken. Our mental health system has been grossly under-funded for some time with a 60% increase in demand. Our hope is that the inquiry will inform spending so that it's going where it will make a real difference."
Newborn syphilis cases have shot up in the United States in recent years, so an expert panel is reaffirming the need to screen all pregnant women for the infection.
Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can be passed from pregnant women to their babies—in what doctors call congenital syphilis. Since 2012, U.S. government figures show, congenital syphilis has nearly doubled.