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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...

2012-03-06 11:18:09

A new study published in the journal Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica reveals that induction of labor at term in the absence of maternal or fetal indications increases the risk of cesarean section and other postpartum complications for the woman, as well as neonatal complications. Induction of labor is common and increasing over time in many countries. A large proportion of women are induced for "social" and other "non-recognized" reasons. Led by Rosalie Grivell, BSc, BMBS,...

2012-02-12 08:00:00

A high risk pregnancy is one in which some conditions puts the mother, the developing fetus, or both at higher-than-normal risk for complications during or after the pregnancy and birth. New Baby Keepsake Book tracks the health of both mother-to-be and her unborn child. Winchester, Virginia (PRWEB) February 12, 2012 Introducing My Baby Trakker, a new Baby Book for the future. No more guessing about high- risk pregnancies. “Some mothers have complicated pregnancies and have genetically...

2012-02-10 14:15:00

New Initiative to Reduce Preterm Birth, Improve Maternal and Newborn Outcomes Silver Spring, MD (PRWEB) February 10, 2012 The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) applauds the leadership of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in announcing Strong Start–a new national campaign aimed at reducing preterm birth and offering more than $40 million in grant funding to test alternative models of prenatal care. The initiative was announced on Wednesday by U.S....

2012-02-10 18:27:15

Weekday delivery is no better than night or weekend delivery for infants with birth defects, according to a new study presented today at The Pregnancy Meeting, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine´s annual conference. The finding is good news for all parties — moms, babies and healthcare teams — and suggests that this high-risk population of women should deliver when their bodies are ready to deliver, regardless of the day or time. The study, conducted by researchers at...

2012-02-10 15:17:49

One of the strongest known risk factors for spontaneous or unexpected preterm birth — any birth that occurs before the 37th week of pregnancy, most often without a known cause — is already having had one. For women in this group who would like to avoid this scenario in their second pregnancy, focusing on weight gain and dietary changes may not be the best strategy. A new study reported at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine´s annual meeting found no connection between...

2012-02-10 14:54:18

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that the risk of obstetric intervention is lower for women who deliver or intend to deliver outside of hospitals, but there are some higher risks for newborns intended for home births compared to hospital births. The study, Neonatal Outcomes Associated with Intended Place of Birth: Birth Centers and Home Birth...

2012-02-10 14:22:43

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that preterm birth interventions should be tailored for underlying risk factors and pathways. "Pathophysiologic pathways leading to preterm labor and delivery are not the same in each and every subject and vary based on an individual's risk exposure. This can include her race, type of infectious agent or...


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2011-04-28 17:02:45

Labor Induction is a process of giving an artificial start to birth with medical intervention or other methods. When an induction is not performed for emergency or other medical reasons, the method is considered an elective process. The decision to induce labor has increased in recent years due to its convenience or because it easily accommodates busy schedules. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, say that labor should only be induced when it is more risky...

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