First-hand family accounts and photographs trace the difficulties and traumas of giving birth and looking after a baby during a pandemic.
The plight of women who had to give birth alone during the pandemic is a good starting point to discuss a better childbirth experience for all women.
Many pregnant women who request planned caesarean deliveries are simply told no, despite guidelines advising doctors who disagree to offer referral or transfer care.
Comprehensive sexuality education is needed to equip young girls and boys with pregnancy prevention knowledge before they have sex.
There will be lessons we can learn for the future of childbearing once the pandemic is over.
Studies in poor countries have highlighted disparities in respectful and responsive care during childbirth based on women’s socioeconomic status and other characteristics.
The pandemic will affect types of care and social beliefs about reproduction in the longer term.
Anaesthesia aims to relieve labour pains, whereas natural methods aim to help women cope with it. What does the evidence say about the options?
The evidence doesn’t necessarily support the widespread use of cardiotocography to monitor baby during labour. Women need to be aware there’s another option.
Tokophobia goes beyond normal childbirth concerns and worries and becomes an intense and irrational fear of pregnancy and/or labour.
The way in which the pandemic has altered the maternity experience has unexpected echoes with expectant mothers during the second world war.
Newborn babies can pick up GBS from their mother’s vaginal tract during childbirth.
Measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 may worsen the already poor access to quality maternal health services in parts of the continent.
Hypnobirthing aims to reduce fear and pain during childbirth. But while the evidence suggests it’s associated with decreased use of some pain medications, it doesn’t affect epidural rates.
Most women in the US give birth lying flat on their back, anesthetized. An obstetrician investigates why this is and whether this is always the best approach.
Despite celebrity endorsements and growing popularity of the practice, there’s still little scientific proof to support these claims.
More places around the world are experiencing days with record high temperatures. These prolonged hot spells may have unanticipated impacts on pregnant women, triggering early deliveries.
A recent study of the newborn microbiome revealed that babies delivered via C-section were missing friendly bacteria and had picked up harmful microbes usually found in hospital environments.
Although research can provide us with useful evidence to help inform our decisions, underfunded research areas still mean that women are being left in the dark.
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.