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.
In an original study, researchers in Malaysia found that women who reported having sexual intercourse during the last month of pregnancy were more likely to go into labor before 41 weeks gestation and to avoid labor induction than women who did not have intercourse.
As many midwives have found, a doula can be an invaluable resource to a laboring woman and to a new mother. A doula is a professionally-trained supportive companion for a woman in labor. Doulas do not have clinical training in medicine, midwifery, or nursing, but are trained to support and advocate for the pregnant and
From Medscape Medical News; Home Birth Study Findings Raise Controversy, by Emma Hitt, PhD July 16, 2010 â€” A meta-analysis of studies comparing planned home births vs hospital births reported that home births may be associated with an increased neonatal mortality rate; however, the study findings are controversial and have received criticism. The study, led
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Pregnant women who have a cesarean delivery appear to be more likely to suffer a stroke during the following year than women who give birth normally, researchers in Taiwan have shown. Dr. Herng-Ching Lin and colleagues at Taipei Medical University report this finding from a study of medical records from
Once thought to be a beneficial procedure that would make birth easier for the baby and protect the mother from trauma to the birth canal, episiotomy has been found in study after study to be more harmful than beneficial except in a few cases. Yet, it continues to be practiced routinely in many hospitals in
How should childbearing women with a history of cesarean be counseled about the optimal mode of delivery with their current pregnancy? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has moved back and forth on its official position over the past 15 years. veering sharply toward a conservative philosophy after a single paper (Lydon-Rochelle et al,