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.
Planning to give birth just a little early carries long-term risks for babies, as researchers are discovering. This is why we should be concerned.
Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia approximately one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for pain relief.
Fear of perineal tearing is common as women prepare for childbirth. A simple warm pack can ease pain, prevent physical trauma and aid in recovery after your baby is born.
The clinical committee reviewing obstetrics services for the federal government’s Medicare review said suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in Australia. Is that true?
Does the growth of ‘freebirthing’ mean that women are rejecting professional advice? Or is there something else going on?
The reduction of childbirth to a ‘choice’ between surgery and vaginal birth with interventions comes from patriarchal views about the fundamental failure of the female body.