Preterm babies born after 28 weeks can often survive with relatively simple medical care. Here is how.
A free birth is when a woman chooses to have a baby, usually at home, without a registered midwife or doctor in attendance. It’s much riskier than a planned home birth.
From patronising language to non-consensual surgical interventions, the mistreatment of women during childbirth is common – so why do so few women complain?
Nearly 100,000 US children under age 5 are hospitalized each year for an RSV infection.
Women described feeling dehumanised, powerless and violated. Some experienced psychological and emotional abuse, while others were threatened and yelled at.
Many of the preventable pregnancy-related deaths documented by the CDC are directly attributable to failures and barriers in the maternal care system.
For every maternal death, there are about an additional 20 women who suffer serious injuries, infections and disabilities related to pregnancy.
The incidence of perineal tearing is increasing, but there are ways to reduce the risk.
Women deserve to know all the risks and be supported in their birth choices.
The quality of grit – passion and sustained persistence – is a useful predictor of burnout and exhaustion for doctors and maybe the rest of us too.
Many pregnant women who request planned caesarean deliveries are simply told no, despite guidelines advising doctors who disagree to offer referral or transfer care.
With the introduction of free maternal healthcare, Nigeria appears to have got more women using health facilities, but there are more hurdles to cross.
The decline in US birth weight is somewhat of a puzzle for public health researchers.
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.
Childbirth used to be a terrifying ordeal. But women were surrounded by others – mothers, aunts, sisters – who brought love and experience. But midway through the 19th century, this changed.
The benefits of midwifery for women and babies globally are clear. In Canada, innovations in midwifery centres and services are tempered by low pay and high rates of burnout.
Umbilical cord blood is not a waste product.
Depression can have a profound impact on mothers and their children. But women often have no idea that they have depression – nor do their medical providers.
Some patients might be offered IVF who don’t actually need it, and some might be offered repeated cycles of treatment, even when they aren’t likely to succeed.
Childbirth in the U.S. can be dangerous and dehumanizing. An ob/gyn who traveled recently to India to review childbirth there says the U.S. and India fall short in similar ways.