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Use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy may be common, but still not considered a good idea

By Kristin Ashford Special to KyForward E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. This is especially true in Kentucky, which has the country’s second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy. Many women try to quit or reduce their smoking while pregnant, and may turn to e-cigs under the belief that they are safer or harmless during...

Healthy pregnancies and pre-term birth prevention drive work of UK College of Nursing researcher

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Working as a labor and delivery nurse for a decade, Kristin Ashford was surrounded by happy beginnings. She helped women and families welcome healthy babies into the world. But amid those happy and healthy beginnings, Ashford also helped mothers and their families work through the stressful and heart-wrenching experience of pre-term birth. As a first-hand witness...