What are the differences between planned assisted childbirth with midwife at home versus delivery with obstetrician at a hospital?
Evidence suggests that microbes play a vital role in health. But what microbes we get depends whether we were born in a hospital versus at home. That could impact our health decades later.
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Professional bodies say that vaginal births after caesareans are safe and usually successful. So why do doctors often recommend that women go back under the knife?
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, arrives for her baby shower at the Mark Hotel on Feb. 19, 2019, in New York. She was rumoured to want to deliver her baby at home rather than in hospital.
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A professor of midwifery education reviews the research evaluating the safety of home versus hospital births.
Maternal mortality is much higher in Africa than in high-income countries.
Research shows that women in Africa are more likely to die as a result of complications related to C-sections.
New study finds that giving birth through an emergency caesarean increases the risk of developing postnatal depression in the first nine months after childbirth by about 15%.
C-sections can have long-term complications for moms and babies.
A Lancet series shows that C-sections are performed for non-medical reasons in private health while poor women who need the surgery don't have access.
Pregnant women waiting to see a doctor at a hospital in Uganda.
If women don't have access to quality emergency surgery, they can develop dibilitating complications such as fistula.
One in four Australian mothers had a negative birth experience.
While childbirth is often a joyful event, it rarely unfolds exactly how we think it will. This causes disappointment among some women, and leaves a small proportion with a diagnosis of postnatal PTSD.
Intervention will sometimes be required in childbirth, but should only occur when medically necessary.
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.
How should pregnant women make sense of the diverse risks and benefits of caesarean versus vaginal delivery?
Many midwives still want to reduce the number of unnecessary interventions during childbirth.
Society holds paradoxical views of childbirth, which can make the debate around it confusing.
Many women in African countries who are medically required to have caesarean sections aren't able to access them due to weak health systems and a lack of resources.
Woman in labor, shown with monitors. Via Shutterstock.
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.
The mode of delivery has a big impact on an infant’s microbiota, the bacteria that live in the gut.
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.
Would you like a caesarean or a forceps delivery?
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.
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We don't know much about fear during childbirth and its effects on outcomes for women and their newborns in the United States.
A new study has found birth education and complementary therapies such as yoga and acupressure can reduce caesarean rates.
Is childbirth education important? Do all the programs aim to achieve the same thing and, most importantly, do they?
Why are some new parents wiping vaginal fluid all over their baby’s mouth, eyes, and skin?
Around 85% of Australian women have a repeat caesarean, but it’s often not necessary.
We've come a long way from the first documented successful caesarean. In 1500, Swiss farmer Jacob Nufer operated on his wife after a labour of several days. She went on to have five more vaginal births.
With c-sections becoming so common, it’s time that we started to investigate what that means for child health.
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As more and more babies are delivered by cesarean section, we need to start investigating what that means for their long-term health.