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2013-04-03 12:22:14

Jammies by Helene Laure Infant PJ's Give Back To Fight Postpartum Depression NEW YORK, April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking for a unique gift that gives back this Mother's Day? Jammies by Helene Laure -- delicious PJ's for babies uniquely packaged in a sweet, recyclable Jammies' Jar - are the first baby product created to help fight postpartum depression, the most common complication of childbirth. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130403/NY85897-a ) (Photo:...

2012-12-23 05:01:50

Nine months of pregnancy and prenatal care prepares new moms for the birth of a new baby. The postpartum period, however, is regularly overlooked yet requires gentle nurturing for mom and baby. Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) December 22, 2012 While the birth of a baby is exciting, labor and delivery does not end there. The postpartum period lasts for several weeks after the birth of a baby. The care of the mother includes nurturing her physical and mental health, including baby blues, postpartum...

2012-10-26 04:00:05

NY Sports creates a Postpartum division to assist new mothers in their recovering from labor. New York, NY (PRWEB) October 25, 2012 Women experience a great deal of physical strain due to pregnancy and birth. During each trimester, the woman´s body endures numerous physiological changes with resultant physical changes. Most of these changes are reversed postpartum but sometimes they linger or worsen after birth. New ailments can also manifest postpartum such as urinary and fecal...

MRI Video Reveals Inside View Of Childbirth
2012-06-28 11:14:36

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Shouts of pain are heard in the room. Beads of sweat are seen dripping down the mother´s face. These are just a few of the details that can be taken from a birthing scene. In moving one step further to reveal what childbirth looks like not only from the outside but also from the inside a mother´s womb, researchers recently released a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) video of a woman giving birth; the clip allows people...

2012-05-17 09:51:44

Safe childbirth checklist program aims to prevent maternal and newborn deaths in low-income countries A new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) found that a simple checklist-based childbirth safety program dramatically improved adherence to essential childbirth care practices at a pilot hospital in south India. Of 29 practices measured, 28 were improved after adoption of the checklist and overall adherence to essential practices was...

2012-05-11 14:27:25

But increases admissions to special care baby units Research: Outcomes of elective induction of labor compared with expectant management: population based study Induction of labor beyond 37 weeks of pregnancy can reduce perinatal mortality (death before, during or shortly after birth) without increasing caesarean section rates, finds a study published on bmj.com today. However, induction is associated with a greater risk of admission to a special care baby unit. Induction of labor...

2012-03-28 09:35:23

In this week's PLoS Medicine, the PLoS Medicine editors discuss new research studies on the risks associated with mode of childbirth following caesarean section. In the first, Caroline Crowther and colleagues found that the risks of very severe outcomes–such as fetal or infant death–were lower among women who planned a repeat caesarean section than among women who planned a vaginal birth. In the second, Kathryn Fitzpatrick and colleagues showed that the risk of uterine rupture is...

2012-03-28 08:41:47

Almost all non-human mammals eat placenta for good reasons. Are we missing something? A paper by neuroscientists at the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College suggests that ingestion of components of afterbirth or placenta -- placentophagia -- may offer benefits to human mothers and perhaps to non-mothers and males. They say this possibility does not warrant the wholesale ingestion of afterbirth, for some very good reasons, but that it deserves further study. Mark Kristal,...

Planned, Repeat C-section May Be Safer Than Natural Birth
2012-03-15 03:23:18

Delivering a second baby by Caesarean after a previous C-section may be somewhat safer for both mother and baby than a vaginal birth, according to two studies published this week in the journal PLoS Medicine. Australian researchers found that, among babies born by a planned repeat C-section, 0.9 percent died or suffered serious complications, compared with 2.4 percent of babies delivered by a planned vaginal birth after a previous C-section. Meanwhile, a British study found the chance...

2012-03-13 22:44:49

An analysis of the UK Obstetric Surveillance System published in this week's PLoS Medicine shows that uterine rupture–a serious complication of pregnancy in which the wall of the uterus (womb) tears during pregnancy or early labour–is rare but for women who have previously had a caesarean section, the risk of rupture increases with the number of previous caesarean deliveries, a short interval since the last caesarean section, and with induced labour. Kathryn Fitzpatrick and...