In an article published online in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology (March 24, 2014), the authors examined newborn mortality in relation to birth settings and birth attendants in the United States from 2006-2009.
A new study from the University of California, San Francisco, reported in the New York Times by Catherine St Louis (Feb 5, 2014), suggests that obstetricians have been placing unrealistic limitations on the time a mother is allowed to push her baby out in the second stage of labor (the period after which the cervix
I am writing this from Nepal, where I have spent 4-8 weeks every spring for the past four years working with One Heart World-wide (OHWW), a small non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to save lives of mothers and babies in places where the death rates are way too high.
In a New Yorker article (July 2013) titled Slow Ideas, the surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande asks why some innovative ideas in medicine are adopted so quickly, while others are ignored for years.
For years, obstetric opinion (shared by nurse-midwives) has been that “term” pregnancy refers to one at from 37 to 42 weeks completed gestation, starting with the date of the last menstrual period. Babies born within this five-week window were thought to be out of danger of complications of “prematurity” or “post-maturity.”
Home birth is increasing in popularity in the United States, although it still accounts for a small percentage of births overall – less than 1%. If you are thinking about a home birth, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions, do some research, find out if there is a home-birth provider (usually a
The Netherlands has a system of pregnancy and birth care that is unique in the Western world. The majority of Dutch midwives work independently from obstetricians, are the sole care providers for low risk women and are primarily responsible for the system of risk selection. Almost 30% of women choose to give birth at home.
Reported in an article by KJ Dell’Antonia in the New York Times on April 2, 2012, “births during the last decade take longer than they did in the early 1960s;” 2.6 hours longer for women having their first baby, and a little less than two hours longer for women who have given birth before.”
According to a study conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers and published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health (Jan-Feb 2013), increasing the number of women who choose birth centers to have their babies would significantly decrease the number of cesarean sections and save “billions” in healthcare dollars.