Have Your Baby in Italy, Not England -- And More Pregnancy News

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The maternal death rate is worse in England than in Poland and other Slavic countries thought to be less medically advanced. The UK lies 23rd in the study of 181 countries and has twice the death rate of Italy, which has the lowest in the world. Read more about international birth rates. -- Telegraph

Did you ever consider changing your baby's name after he or she was born? It's not unheard of, but it's also not as easy as deciding on a new name. Hello, red tape. Lisa Belkin writes about Baby Name Regret on the Motherlode blog. -- New York Times

Large doses of vitamins E and C in prenatal vitamins do not prevent pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication marked by high blood pressure that often puts mom and baby at life-threatening risk. A recent study failed to duplicate the encouraging results of a study done years ago that did find a benefit. Oh, well, at least you'll still have good skin. -- USA Today

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