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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...

2012-03-13 22:40:31

A study by a group of Australian researchers–the Birth After Caesarean Study Group– published in this week's PLoS Medicine, suggests that in women who had a previous caesarean section, delivering their next baby by a planned repeat caesarean section was linked to better health outcomes for the mother during her stay in hospital and also better outcomes for her baby compared to having a vaginal birth. The researchers, led by Caroline Crowther from the Australian Research Centre...

2012-01-27 08:00:00

On Saturday 10th March 2011, Pregnancy Birth and Beyond will host the inaugural NSW Screening of the documentary ℠The Face of Birth: Where the Personal Gets Political´. Parramatta, NSW (PRWEB) January 27, 2012 Three years in the making, and filmed across the globe from London to Alice Springs, The Face of Birth is a moving documentary with vital information for anyone considering giving birth in Australia today. The Face of Birth traces the experiences of a diverse group of...

2012-01-17 11:00:00

C-section births now account for about 1/3 of all births according to the latest findings by Bulk Herb Store. Today many women living in NY City are so busy they are scheduling their births (designer births) for a specific time followed by a tummy tuck so they can get on with things they feel are more important than having and nurturing their baby the natural way. Nashville Tennessee (PRWEB) January 17, 2012 While researching material for the Making Babies Series, Bulk Herb Store (BHS)...

Mom's Mental Health Affects Fetus
2011-11-11 14:34:22

As a fetus grows, it´s constantly getting messages from its mother. It´s not just hearing her heartbeat and whatever music she might play to her belly; it also gets chemical signals through the placenta. A new study, which will be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this includes signals about the mother´s mental state. If the mother is depressed, that affects how the baby develops after it´s born. In...

2011-08-09 15:10:00

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Theramed Corporation, Glenveigh Medical, and Body1, Inc. announce the launch of a website on critical childbirth complications at http://www.jetty.ca. In addition to providing product information for ebb(TM) and jetty(TM), two newly developed medical devices used in advancing the practice of obstetrics for healthy moms and babies, Jetty.ca offers comprehensive resources for both patients and physicians. ebb(TM) is a...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.