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  • The Debate Is Over! How Much Alcohol Can Women Really Drink While Pregnant?

    10/20/2015 1:09:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    KFOR ^ | OCTOBER 20, 2015 | Heather Holeman
    If your doctor has ever told you that small amounts of alcohol are safe to drink during pregnancy, a new report is proving them wrong. The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a new report in the journal Pediatrics. No amount of alcohol, whether wine, beer, or liquor, is safe to drink while pregnant, no matter the trimester. While research shows that most women cut out alcohol completely during pregnancy, the report states that a small percentage of mothers-to-be admit they continue to drink, while some even admit to binge drinking. According to Live Science, Dr. Janet F. Williams, one...
  • Lamaze Founder Dies at 100

    05/16/2015 11:16:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 5/14 | Jennifer Peltz
    When Elisabeth Bing became interested in childbirth techniques in the 1950s, women were often heavily medicated, dads were generally nowhere near the delivery room and expectant parents had far less information than many do today. Bing, the Lamaze International co-founder who popularized what was known as natural childbirth and helped change how women and doctors approached the delivery room, died Friday at 100 in her New York apartment, the organization said Saturday. The cause of her death wasn't immediately known. Trained as a physical therapist, Bing taught breathing and relaxation techniques to generations of expectant mothers, wrote several books about...
  • Hoax? Woman Allegedly 'Gave Birth' to Lizard

    06/13/2014 1:31:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, 14 June 2014 | Hoax? Woman allegedly 'gave birth' to lizard
    In a shocking incident, a midwife claims that a pregnant woman allegedly gave birth to a lizard in a remote location in Indonesia. Authorities have launched an investigation in order to come up with a logical explanation, even as scientists have termed the issue 'clearly nonsense', according to a report published in UK's Daily Mirror. The alleged lizard birth took place in the month of May and now an angry lynch mob is targeting the woman and acccusing her of witchcraft. The issue has created a furore online and there is a heated debate going on in the digital world....
  • Odon childbirth device: Car mechanic uncorks a revolution

    12/05/2013 1:04:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | December 3, 2013 | Vibeke Venema
    A "potentially revolutionary" device to help women during difficult births has come from an unlikely source - a car mechanic from Argentina, who based the idea on a party trick. Apart from having five children of his own, Jorge Odon had no connection with the world of obstetrics. He did however have a talent for invention. "It comes naturally - for instance if I have a problem in my workplace I will go to bed and my head will think it through and I will wake up in the middle of the night with a solution," he says. But until...
  • Vegetarian credits Sausage McMuffins for helping carry triplets to full term

    09/02/2013 7:32:52 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 49 replies
    A British woman credits in vitro fertilization (IVF) -- aided by daily breakfasts of sausage McMuffins to help carry her triplets to full term -- after failing for 10 years to get pregnant the old-fashioned way. Vegetarian Laura Dixon, 34, and husband Tim, 34, of Essex, tried three times with IVF to have a family, but was unsuccessful twice; the first attempt was abandoned and the second try ending in a heartbreaking miscarriage after eight weeks, reports. Laura was in her third round of IVF when she conceived and decided to boost her odds of carrying to full term...
  • Newborn’s Decapitation at Birth Prompts Malpractice Lawsuit

    10/14/2012 12:42:06 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 37 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Fri, Oct 12, 2012 | William Browning
    A Missouri couple filed a lawsuit Sept. 28 against four defendants for a birth gone horribly wrong. The New York Daily News reports Friday that Arteisha Betts and Travis Ammonette of Florissant, Mo., claim their newborn son, Kaden Travis Ammonette, died while in the birth canal. The baby's head was allegedly decapitated from its neck when the doctor tried pulling the baby out of the birth canal. * The media report claims court documents reveal Dr. Susan Moore told the couple in February 2011 their baby would have to be born with a Caesarian section because his abdomen was too...
  • Report: Doctors Refusing to Treat Overweight Patients

    05/17/2011 7:58:48 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 77 replies ^ | May 17, 2011 | Susan Jones
    From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight limits for new patients. Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can't handle people over a certain weight, but at least six said heavy women run a higher risk of complications. "People don't realize the risk we're taking by taking care of these patients," the newspaper quoted Dr. Albert Triana of South Miami as saying. "There's more risk of something going wrong and more risk of getting sued. Everything is more...
  • Osteopathic care may ease late-pregnancy back pain

    02/10/2010 1:49:20 PM PST · by decimon · 16 replies · 225+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2010 | Joene Hendry
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Gentle manipulation from an osteopathic doctor may relieve late-pregnancy back pain that frequently hinders bending, lifting, or walking, findings from a small study hint. Doctors in osteopathic medicine (DOs) are medical doctors additionally trained in gentle manipulative techniques to help restore function, range of motion, and lessen pain in bones and adjoining muscles supporting the neck, back, chest, shoulders, and hips. Osteopathic manipulation may particularly benefit pregnant women seeking medication-free back pain relief, note Dr. John C. Licciardone and colleagues at University of Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The study, in the American...
  • Obit: Maria del Carmen Bousada (became a mom at 66)

    07/16/2009 10:29:41 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 28 replies · 571+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-16-09 | AP
    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish woman believed to have become the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth at 66 has died at 69, leaving behind twin toddlers, newspapers reported Wednesday. Maria del Carmen Bousada, who reportedly died Saturday, gave birth in December 2006 as a single mother after getting in vitro fertilization treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles. The births ignited a firestorm of debate over how old is too old for a new mother, and how much responsibility fertility clinics have over who gets treatments. Bousada told an interviewer she lied to the fertility clinic about...
  • Infant Son of State Treasurer Martin Has Died

    05/28/2009 12:52:59 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 24 replies · 1,802+ views ^ | 28 May, 2009
    Austin Michael Wright died Wednesday night, two days after Dean Martin's wife Kerry died after complications from childbirth.
  • Man Helps Wife Deliver Baby With YouTube's Help

    05/01/2009 2:23:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 641+ views
    In what is claimed to be the world's first, a 28-year-old man has helped his wife deliver a baby successfully with online assistance from a popular video- sharing site. Marc Stephens delivered his baby son after watching ‘Do It Yourself’ baby birth video clips on YouTube on March 21, The Daily Telegraph reported. The naval engineer, who already has three children with his wife Jo, also 28, decided to search the internet as she felt some discomfort. Four hours later, when Jo went into sudden labour and the couple was told by hospital staff that no midwife was available, he...
  • Man Claims He's Pregnant (Video)

    04/04/2008 1:06:38 PM PDT · by Tired of Taxes · 27 replies · 344+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Apr. 4, 2008 |
    Showbiz Tonight's Brooke Anderson reports a transgendered man claims he is six months pregnant.
  • US Health Secretary: Refusing Certification to Docs Who Refuse to Refer for Abortion is Illegal

    03/17/2008 3:06:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 21 replies · 652+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 3/17/08 | LifeSiteNews
    WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2008 ( - Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt today expressed disappointment in a new policy put forth by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG ) which mandates that doctors refer for abortions. He also called on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology ( ABOG ) to reject this policy and protect the conscience rights of physicians. In a letter sent to ABOG Executive Director Dr. Norman Grant today asking for clarification, Secretary Leavitt notes, "It appears that the interaction of the [ABOG Bulletin for 2008 Maintenance of Certification] with the...
  • Pregnant woman uses train toilet, baby slips out

    02/28/2008 3:18:32 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 332+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/28/08 | Rupam Jain Nair
    AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - A newborn baby girl survived an ignoble birth after slipping down the toilet bowl of a moving Indian train onto the tracks when a pregnant woman unexpectedly gave birth while relieving herself on Tuesday. "My delivery was so sudden," said the Bhuri Kalbi, the mother of the infant, born two months prematurely. "I did not even realize that my child had slipped from the hole in the toilet." Kalbi, a 33-year-old woman from a village in Rajasthan, fainted on the toilet seat after the birth for a few minutes before waking up and alerting her family....
  • Unassisted Homebirth Pioneer Lynn Griesemer on PBS

    10/10/2007 2:39:51 PM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 3 replies · 139+ views
    The Natural Family BLOG ^ | October 10, 2007 | Jenny Hatch
    Childbirth author Lynn M. Griesemer will be featured on PBS's TO THE CONTRARY during the week of October 19th. TO THE CONTRARY, carried on 260 stations across the U.S. is viewed by over 1 million people. The topic will be childbirth / unassisted homebirth.
  • Lesbian Couple Sue IVF Doctor for Cost of Raising Twin

    09/23/2007 7:53:34 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 62 replies · 259+ views ^ | September 20, 2007 | Meg Jalsevac
    Lesbian Couple Sue IVF Doctor for Cost of Raising Twin Couple wanted only one child and find they are "overwhelmed" raising two children By Meg Jalsevac AUSTRALIA, September 20, 2007 ( - A lesbian couple in Australia have taken the first 'wrongful birth' lawsuit in Australian legislative history to court. The two women, who have three year old twin daughters, are suing Canberra obstetrician, Robert Armellin, for 'wrongful birth' after he supervised the implantation of two embryos instead of one into the birth mother during the in-vitro fertilization procedure. The women, who cannot be named because of a court order,...
  • Down syndrome dangers: A new prenatal policy is the worst kind of social engineering

    09/08/2007 2:09:21 PM PDT · by rhema · 107 replies · 2,177+ views
    WORLD ^ | September 15, 2007 | Joni Eareckson Tada
    Every year we look forward to Doug volunteering at family retreats that we hold for disabled children and their moms and dads. He is young and athletic, a senior in college, handsome, articulate, and intelligent. The kids love him (and so do a few girl volunteers). When he first began volunteering, we assigned Doug to a little boy with Down syndrome. The two hit it off wonderfully. This energetic young man possessed a knack for relating to the boy; from that year onward, he always asked to be assigned to children with Down syndrome and their parents. Recently Doug said,...
  • 160 Healthy Babies Lost for Every 50 Down’s Cases Detected with Amniocentesis

    08/23/2007 11:26:02 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 12 replies · 388+ views ^ | August 21, 2007 | Hilary White
    160 Healthy Babies Lost for Every 50 Down’s Cases Detected with Amniocentesis By Hilary White LONDON, August 21, 2007 ( – The risks of amniocentesis to the unborn child have long been known but now a new analysis by a British doctor has shown that using the tests in seek-and-destroy missions for Down's syndrome and other genetic abnormalities results in the deaths of hundreds of healthy babies every year in Britain. Dr. Hylton Meire, the retired physician and author of texts on ultrasound, calculates that for every 50 children with Down's Syndrome successfully identified and killed by abortion, 160 non-affected...
  • Do-It-Yourself Delivery

    07/30/2007 11:22:44 PM PDT · by Jenny Hatch · 11 replies · 417+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 31, 2007 | Sandra G. Boodman
    Despite Risks That Range From Fetal Distress to Hemorrhage, Some Women Are Choosing to Give Birth Without Medical Assistance
  • New York’s Schools for Pregnant Girls Will Close (NYC)

    05/23/2007 10:18:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,098+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 24, 2007 | JULIE BOSMAN
    A dozen girls, some perched awkwardly with their pregnant bellies flush against the desks, were struggling over a high school geometry assignment on a recent afternoon. No pencils, no textbooks, no Pythagorean theorem. Instead, they sewed quilts. That is what passes for math in one of New York City’s four high schools for pregnant girls, this one in Harlem. “It ties into geometry,” said Patricia Martin, the principal. “They’re cutting shapes.” Created in the 1960s, when pregnant girls were such pariahs that they were forced to leave school until their babies were born, the city school system’s four pregnancy schools...
  • AIDS Drug to Protect Fetus Is Safe for Infected Mothers, Study Finds

    01/10/2007 10:42:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies · 333+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 11, 2007 | DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
    Women can take the anti-AIDS drug nevirapine to protect their unborn children without endangering their ability to undergo life-saving antiretroviral treatment later on, a new study has found. The results are good news for poor women in Africa, Asia and Latin America who must take nevirapine, an inexpensive first-line drug that often prevents the transmission of H.I.V. from mother to child. The drug lingers in the blood up to three weeks, and if the mother has the virus that causes AIDS, its presence encourages the growth of nevirapine-resistant strains. That has led to fears that any antiretroviral drug cocktail containing...
  • That Prenatal Visit May Be Months Too Late (Gov't says)

    11/28/2006 10:16:01 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 775+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 28, 2006 | RONI RABIN
    For years, women have had it drummed into them that prenatal care is the key to having a healthy baby, and that they should see a doctor as soon as they know they are pregnant. But by then, it may already be too late. Public health officials are now encouraging women to make sure they are in optimal health well in advance of a pregnancy to reduce the risk of preventable birth defects and complications. They have recast the message to emphasize not only prenatal care, as they did in the past, but also what they are calling “preconception care.”...
  • Delivery Rooms Vanishing for Philadelphia Mothers

    08/20/2006 2:05:51 PM PDT · by wjersey · 43 replies · 1,435+ views
    WPVI ( Philadelphia) ^ | 8/19/2006 | Staff
    Earlier this month... a major hospital in Northeast Philadelphia that used to deliver 1600 babies a year.... closed its maternity ward Health reporter Anita Brikman says this is part of trend that some call a "crisis" which could put mothers and babies at risk. The Chancey family is celebrating the birth of their first baby girl.... Alexis Paige. Mom Kelly delivered her two older brothers at Frankford Torresdale Hospital. But is now at Holy Redeemer Hospital because Frankford Torresdale got out of the baby-delivering business. Kelly Chancey, Northeast Philadelphia.Yeah, it was a little inconvenient. Doctors appointments go from monthly to...
  • Study Debunks Myth that Sex Hastens Labor

    06/03/2006 1:29:22 PM PDT · by billorites · 7 replies · 178+ views
    LiveScience ^ | June 2, 2006
    A new study debunks the notion that having sex in the final weeks of pregnancy makes labor start sooner.Researchers at Ohio State University Medical Center studied 93 women in their final three weeks of pregnancy. When all was said and done, those who were sexually active had carried their babies an average of 39.9 weeks. Women who abstained, for whatever reason, deliver at 39.3 weeks on average."Patients may continue to hear the 'old wives' tale' that intercourse will hasten labor, but according to this data, they should not hear it from the medical community," said obstetrician Jonathan Schaffir.The results are...
  • Obstetrical Sonography: The Best Way to Terrify a Pregnant Woman

    05/11/2006 8:04:58 AM PDT · by Theophilus · 112 replies · 6,120+ views
    J Ultrasound Med 2000; 19:1-5 ^ | 2000 | Roy A. Filly, M.D.
    <p>Roy A. Filly, M.D.</p> <p>I have just reached the 30th anniversary of the first obstetrical sonogram I performed. Even having witnessed each of the technological advancements in sonography over those three decades, it is still difficult to comprehend the enormous improvements in image quality that have occurred. These improvements have brought sonography from a “promising” diagnostic tool to a mainstay of modern imaging. However, nowhere in medicine has this technique had a more profound impact than in the field of obstetrics. Thirty years ago there was essentially no such thing as obstetrical imaging and prenatal diagnosis was in its infancy.</p>
  • Birthing rights

    04/23/2006 6:01:09 PM PDT · by Huntress · 42 replies · 916+ views
    Columbia Missourian ^ | 4/23/06 | Jeminiah Noonoo
    Kim James was 17 when she first learned what a midwife does. Though she still can’t place her finger on it, she knew it was what she wanted to be. “It is something that always interested me, and I am not sure why,” she said. “It’s not lucrative, the hours are terrible and most of the work is done in the middle of the night. “But,” she adds, “it is extremely rewarding work.” James began working in 1989 at Cherche La Femme, Columbia’s first birthing center. The center was co-founded by a certified nurse-midwife, Sharon Lee; a physician, Elizabeth Allemann;...
  • Doctors in trouble for not giving man cervical smear By Celia Hall, Medical Editor

    01/07/2006 6:01:17 AM PST · by syncked · 29 replies · 1,728+ views
    Telegraph-UK ^ | 1/6/2006 | Celia Hall
    A family doctor has been summoned to a formal hearing over his refusal to put a 34-year-old male patient on the list for screening for cervical cancer.
  • This is going to disappoint some people

    12/30/2005 7:02:34 AM PST · by Cagey · 33 replies · 951+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12-30-2005 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pregnant women coached through their first delivery do not fare much better than those who just do what feels natural, according to a study released on Friday. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern found that women who were told to push 10 minutes for every contraction gave birth 13 minutes faster than those who were not given specific instructions. But they said the difference has little impact on the overall birth, which experts say can take up to 14 hours on average. "There were no other findings to show that coaching or not coaching was advantageous...
  • Putting off childbirth defies nature, claim doctors

    09/16/2005 5:14:37 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 222 replies · 2,876+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 9/16/05 | Louise Gray
    Women should have a family first - before they are 35 - and leave their career until later, a group of leading doctors said yesterday. The obstetricians and gynaecologists said the increasing number of women delaying having children were defying nature and risking heartbreak. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they recommended that if women wanted families and a career, they should have children earlier, and called for more support for younger mothers. Women's groups voiced caution over putting a deadline on childbirth but agreed on the need for more support. Susan Bewley, consultant obstetrician at St Thomas' Hospital in...
  • Battle lines drawn over C-sections

    08/25/2005 11:20:00 AM PDT · by Theophilus · 42 replies · 1,051+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | Wed Aug 24, 2005 | Rita Rubin
    <p>For some women, birth has become the latest battleground for reproductive rights.</p> <p>At a growing number of hospitals, women are being forced to schedule a repeat cesarean section just because they already had one. Doctors and hospitals say they fear lawsuits if they allow a patient to attempt a vaginal birth after a C-section - called a VBAC - and something goes awry.</p>
  • Study Finds 29-Week Fetuses Probably Feel No Pain and Need No Abortion Anesthesia

    08/24/2005 2:35:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 101 replies · 2,341+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2005 | DENISE GRADY
    Taking on one of the most highly charged questions in the abortion debate, a team of doctors has concluded that fetuses probably cannot feel pain in the first six months of gestation and therefore do not need anesthesia during abortions. Their report, being published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is based on a review of several hundred scientific papers, and it says that nerve connections in the brain are unlikely to have developed enough for the fetus to feel pain before 29 weeks. The finding poses a direct challenge to proposed federal and state laws that...
  • How an abortion puts the next baby at risk

    05/15/2005 8:54:08 AM PDT · by Wuli · 7 replies · 395+ views
    News Telegraph ^ | May 15, 2005 | Michael Day
    Having an abortion almost doubles a woman's risk of giving birth dangerously early in a later pregnancy, according to research that will provoke fresh debate over the most controversial of all medical procedures. A French study of 2,837 births - the first to investigate the link between terminations and extremely premature births - found that mothers who had previously had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks' gestation. Many babies born this early die soon after birth, and a large number who survive suffer serious disability. Peter Bowen-Simpkins Peter...
  • Revealed: how an abortion puts the next baby at risk

    05/14/2005 5:25:00 PM PDT · by Asphalt · 25 replies · 963+ views
    news.telegraph ^ | 15/05/2005 | Michael Day
    Having an abortion almost doubles a woman's risk of giving birth dangerously early in a later pregnancy, according to research that will provoke fresh debate over the most controversial of all medical procedures. A French study of 2,837 births - the first to investigate the link between terminations and extremely premature births - found that mothers who had previously had an abortion were 1.7 times more likely to give birth to a baby at less than 28 weeks' gestation. Many babies born this early die soon after birth, and a large number who survive suffer serious disability. The research leader,...
  • Accepting no deliveries: Obstetricians are hard to find in the Mississippi Delta

    04/16/2005 7:42:34 AM PDT · by grundle · 64 replies · 1,449+ views
    American Medical News ^ | Sept. 9, 2002 | Tanya Albert Accepting no deliveries: Obstetricians are hard to find in the Mississippi Delta When medical liability insurance drives physicians out of rural Mississippi, pregnant women are left feeling the pain. By Tanya Albert, AMNews staff. Sept. 9, 2002. Cleveland, Miss. -- It's 10 a.m. on a Monday and the magazines in the office shared by obstetrician-gynecologists Mark Blackwood, MD, and Bradley Baugh, MD, are still neatly fanned out on waiting room tables. The cushioned chairs sit empty. No one stands in the hallway waiting to call patients in, The five examining rooms are vacant. A steady stream of patients --...
  • Doctors and Hospitals Crack Down on Videotaping in the Delivery Room

    04/04/2005 11:47:49 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 103 replies · 2,645+ views
    AP ^ | 4/4/05 | Allison Linn
    Dr. John C. Nelson, an obstetrician, understands the desire of some parents to capture the miracle of birth on video. But a few years ago, he put a stop to the practice among his patients for fear the delivery-room footage could someday become Exhibit A in court. "What once used to be really fun and warm and cozy and so forth is now a potential nail in the coffin from a liability perspective," said Nelson, who practices in Salt Lake City and delivered babies until 2003. He is now president of the American Medical Association. Many doctors and hospitals around...
  • Pill 'fails more in obese women' --- "higher risk of pregnancy"

    12/29/2004 6:21:37 AM PST · by bedolido · 24 replies · 807+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/29/2004 | staff writer
    Women who are overweight or obese have a much higher chance of becoming pregnant because their Pill has failed, researchers have found. Overweight women were 60% more likely to fall pregnant while on the Pill. Obese women were 70% more likely, found a study in Obstetrics and Gynaecology by a team from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle. It suggested that of 100 women on the Pill, an extra two to four would fall pregnant due to being overweight. The Pill is usually estimated to be over 99% effective. This means that less than one woman in 100...
  • Giving Birth: The Caesarean Debate (6 Letters)

    12/04/2004 6:48:51 PM PST · by neverdem · 87 replies · 1,652+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 5, 2004
    To the Editor: Re "Trying to Avoid 2nd Caesarean, Many Find Choice Isn't Theirs" (front page, Nov. 29): I do not believe that the issue of whether a vaginal delivery can or should be performed in a pregnancy after a prior Caesarean should be framed as a matter of a woman's right to choose. It is perfectly reasonable for a hospital or a doctor to decide not to offer this service because it is felt to be too risky and the patient who desires it would be better served in a tertiary care center where obstetric complications are more routinely...
  • Stress of racism may lead to low birthweight babies

    11/30/2004 8:19:22 PM PST · by jimboster · 65 replies · 1,270+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | Jim Ritter
    Researchers have long been puzzled about why African-American women are much more likely than whites to deliver premature and underweight babies. Factors such as genetics, unequal prenatal care and poverty only partly explain why blacks are three times more likely to deliver very low birthweight babies (less than 3.3 pounds). For example, a substantial black-white gap persists even among mothers who have college degrees. Two studies published Monday in the American Journal of Public Health lend support to a new explanation: The psychological stress of experiencing racial discrimination is at least partly responsible for premature and low birthweight babies. Duke...
  • Trying to Avoid 2nd Caesarean, Many Find Choice Isn't Theirs

    11/28/2004 10:23:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 833+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 29, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    The notice, posted in her obstetrician's office in Lancaster, Calif., came as a shock to Danell Freeman: the local hospital would no longer allow doctors to deliver babies vaginally for women who, like her, had previously had a Caesarean section. Unless she changed doctors and hospitals, Ms. Freeman would have to have another Caesarean - something she had hoped to avoid. Ms. Freeman is 29, pregnant with her fifth child. The first three were born normally, the fourth by Caesarean. "I don't like the idea of being cut open again," she said. Women around the country are finding that more...
  • Over 25% of births in 2003 were by C-section (also some other shocking statistics)

    11/24/2004 1:15:31 PM PST · by weegee · 32 replies · 1,019+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 23, 2004, 12:22PM | no byline
    WASHINGTON -- More than a quarter of babies born in the United States in 2003 were delivered by Caesarean section, the highest rate on record, according to a government report released today. Birth rates for teenagers continued their steady decline last year while increasing for women age 35 to 44, the report from the National Center for Health Statistics said. The agency is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 4.1 million births were recorded in the United States in 2003, a slight increase over 2002. Roughly 1.13 million, or 27.6 percent, were Caesarean deliveries. The rate...
  • 2003 Sees Highest Caesarean Birth Rate

    11/23/2004 5:42:12 PM PST · by rocksblues · 14 replies · 525+ views
    My Way ^ | 11/23/04 | MARK SHERMAN
    Birth rates for teenagers continued their steady decline last year while increasing for women age 35 to 44, the report from the National Center for Health Statistics said. The agency is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Alternative Care Can Spell Health Care Relief!

    10/12/2004 7:45:45 PM PDT · by hawleyclan · 1 replies · 333+ views
    Americans are living in a time when access to obstetrical care is an important topic in politics. Obstetricians are leaving practice in high numbers because of insurance rates which reflect the high number of lawsuits families are filing. This is a sign that the time has come for fellow Americans and politicians to recognize that Professional Midwifery Care has the potential to help resolve many of the concerns American mothers have in maternity care. How can midwives help the current state of maternity care and cost in the US? The cost benefits are evident of many levels: Beginning with prenatal...
  • Case Offers Caution on Stomach-Stapling Surgery

    08/14/2004 5:15:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,447+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 15, 2004 | NA
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An obese Massachusetts woman and her 8-month-old fetus died of complications 18 months after the woman had stomach-stapling surgery, an apparent first that is leading to warnings about the risks of pregnancy soon after the surgery. The deaths, in 2002, raise concerns because most of the 110,000 people who have gastric, or stomach, bypass surgery each year in the United States are women in their child-bearing years, say doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston who tried to save the woman and fetus. They reported on the case in a letter in Thursday's New England Journal...
  • As Gene Test Menu Grows, Who Gets to Choose?

    07/20/2004 8:21:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 877+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 21, 2004 | AMY HARMON
    When Karen Coveler and her husband began trying to have a child, she told her obstetrician that she wanted to take all the DNA tests she could to determine whether she was at risk of passing on a genetic disease to her child. Based on her Ashkenazi Jewish background, Ms. Coveler was offered 10 tests, all of which were negative, and went on to have a normal pregnancy. It was not until her son, Benjamin, was born that she discovered he was deaf. And it was not until a few weeks later that she learned a simple blood test could...
  • Having More Babies and Later in Life Can Reduce Cancer Risk

    07/17/2004 3:04:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,025+ views ^ | Friday July 16, 2004
    LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2004 ( - Malcolm Pike, a researcher at the University of Southern California and his colleagues reported in Wednesday's issue of the journal Fertility & Sterility that late pregnancy seems to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. The researchers' statistical investigation found that women who had their last children after the age of 35 had a 58 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer compared with women who had never had a child. What is more, the researchers seem to have found that having many children reduces risk even more. Women who had four or more children...
  • Obstetrics is failing to draw new doctors

    07/11/2004 5:37:08 AM PDT · by The Other Harry · 36 replies · 880+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | July 11, 2004 | Jonathan Bor
    July 11, 2004 Obstetrics is failing to draw new doctors Trend: Malpractice insurance costs, gender issues and lifestyle are some of the concerns. By Jonathan Bor Sun Staff With only a year left in her training as an obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Shahrzade Tabibi has no regrets about entering a field that some veterans say is being ravaged by the cost of malpractice insurance. "It might sound corny, but being the first person in the world to hold a little new baby is pretty incredible and a privilege I hope I deserve," said Tabibi, a fourth-year resident at the University of Maryland...
  • 10 Million Women Who Lack a Cervix Still Get Pap Tests

    06/22/2004 9:26:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,021+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    As many as 10 million women who have had hysterectomies and who no longer have a cervix are still getting Pap tests, a new study finds. The screening Pap test looks for precancerous cells in tissue scraped from a woman's cervix and can prevent what would otherwise be a common and deadly cancer. But testing most women without a cervix makes little sense, leads to false positives and wastes money, said Dr. Brenda E. Sirovich, a research associate at the Outcomes Group at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., and the study's lead author. Each test...
  • Court delivers controversy (court order for woman to have C Section)

    01/16/2004 8:21:42 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 51 replies · 920+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 1/16/2004 | DAVID WEISS
    Mom rejects C-sections; gives birth on own terms By DAVID WEISS WILKES-BARRE - A judge late Wednesday afternoon gave a local hospital permission to force a woman to deliver a baby via Caesarean section against her will. Doctors warned the expectant mother that not having a C-section could kill her and/or her child. But against doctor's orders, Amber Marlowe left the hospital. Hours later, Wilkes-Barre General Hospital received legal permission to become guardian of the fetus and perform the C-section if Marlowe returned to the hospital. Marlowe never returned. She gave birth vaginally Thursday morning at Moses Taylor Hospital...
  • The Worst Business in America (Delivering Babies in the 21st Century)

    01/06/2004 11:34:25 AM PST · by truthandlife · 29 replies · 303+ views ^ | 12/6/03 | Katie Murray
    Suppose you couldn't raise prices, you couldn't control expenses, and you were morally obligated to meet the needs of customers who are eager to sue if anything goes wrong. Suppose you were a group of doctors trying to birth babies in the 21st century. In seven days their medical practice could be forced to shut down, and the sheer absurdity of the situation has put doctors Richard Levine and Michael Faust in a slightly silly mood. Seated in Faust's cramped office overlooking the hills of northwestern New Jersey, the two managing partners of Valley Center for Women's Health are still...
  • More Women On Verge Of Losing Doctors

    09/04/2003 6:19:19 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 20 replies · 195+ views
    "It's devastating to know we can do fantastic things for human beings -- I save lives, I cure cancer -- but greed, stupidity and politics are stopping it." That's what Dr. Sherry Blumenthal, a gynecological surgeon in Montgomery County, told the Philadelphia Daily News in a story that ran on Aug.t 7, 2003. Blumenthal continued by saying, "We don't know what's going to happen to our practice," a sad indication that Pennsylvania could face losing more obstetrician/gynecologists, says the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Blumenthal's quote provides painful insight into how a broken tort system is driving a wedge between patients and...