Epidurals deliver nerve-blocking drugs into the back for pain relief during labour and after surgeries. Epidural kits are currently in short supply, with their use prioritised for obstetric patients.
Maternal mental health conditions are a reflection of harmful social and economic factors that plague women in general.
The incidence of perineal tearing is increasing, but there are ways to reduce the risk.
Compared to women who give birth in a birth centre, those who give birth in hospitals are much more likely to have interventions – from epidurals, to labour augmentation and caesarean deliveries.
If women don’t have access to quality emergency surgery, they can develop dibilitating complications such as fistula.
A routine childbirth proves expensive and complicated. Insurance company adjustments, inconsistent billing and mystery costs flummoxed even a health policy expert and his wife, a teacher.
There may be additional long-term health harms from antibiotic exposure in early life and before birth, including an increased risk of infection, obesity and asthma.
Our study found babies born via medical or surgical intervention were at increased risk of health problems, from jaundice and feeding issues, to diabetes, respiratory infections and eczema.
Women often express a fear of giving birth en route to the hospital, and these fears have some basis.
The baby bonus did its job, encouraging people to have more children at a time when fertility rates were low.
Women born in South Asian countries like India or Pakistan are more likely to have a stillbirth than women born in Australia or New Zealand.
The particular makeup of a newborn’s gut microbes is important as it has been shown to affect their risk of developing certain diseases later in childhood and adulthood.
The make-up of our gut is constantly changing and affects everything from our immune system and digestion, to our brain function.
Here’s how cultural practices are playing a role in many countries in incentivizing parents to educate their girls.