A Japanese woman was likely impregnated with the fertilized egg of another woman by accident during an in vitro procedure last year, hospital officials said Thursday.
Obese pregnant women are slightly more at risk of having babies with birth defects, according to an analysis of several studies published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
A national medical society is investigating whether a fertility doctor followed its guidelines when he implanted six embryos into a Southern California woman who gave birth to octuplets last month.
The mother of octuplets was implanted with those embryos at a Beverly Hills fertility clinic run by a well-known -- and controversial -- specialist who pioneered a method of implantation.
When a woman is unable to have a baby, a thyroid gland disorder may be to blame, noted Roland Gaertner, a medical doctor and professor at Munich University.
The mother-of-six who gave birth to octuplets in California last week broke her silence on Thursday, saying she wanted a "huge family" to make up for a lonely childhood.
As the octuplets born to a California woman turned one week old Monday, the coos and praise that surrounded their successful delivery turned into cries of anger from fertility experts and the public.
The mother of the world's longest-living octuplets is being deluged with offers for book deals, TV shows and other business proposals, but has not decided what she might do other than care for her children, her newly hired spokeswoman said Monday.
Babies exposed to high levels of the male hormone testosterone in the womb have a greater risk of developing autistic characteristics as children, a study said Monday.
Here's another thing that smoking while pregnant can do -- it can damage both the mother's and the baby's thyroid function, British researchers reported on Tuesday.