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Serena Williams Shares Childbirth Ordeal

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 11, 2018 – Though Serena Williams commands the tennis court with ease when she plays, life-threatening complications following the birth of her daughter sidelined her for six weeks. Williams tells the story of her medical ordeal in the latest issue of Vogue, published Wednesday. After an easy pregnancy, things turned precarious when she had to have an emergency C-section because the baby's heart rate was dropping rapidly during contractions. The C-section went off without a hitch and her daughter, Olympia, was born on Sept. 1. But what followed was far from smooth, Williams told the magazine. The next day, Williams suddenly felt short of breath. Having suffered a pulmonary embolism in 2011 following a fall, Williams knew in her bones what was wrong. She had a history of blood clots in her lungs and she had been taken off blood thinners before delivery, so she did not ... Read more

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Too Many Babies Still Die Needlessly of SIDS, CDC Says

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 9, 2018 – Many parents still regularly risk their babies' lives as they put them to bed, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Analyzing data from the states, the CDC found that parents continue to practice unsafe habits that have been associated with sleep-related infant deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). For instance: One in 5 mothers says she places her baby to sleep on his or her side or stomach. Two in 5 leave loose bedding and soft objects in the baby's sleep area, most often bumper pads and thick blankets. Three in 5 sometimes share their bed with their baby. These practices contribute to about 3,500 sleep-related deaths of U.S. babies every year, according to the CDC. "Unfortunately, this report reveals that unsafe sleep practices are common," said Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the CDC director. "We need ... Read more

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Childbirth Deaths Declining in U.S., New Report Finds

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 – Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts say. A new report, from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reflected initial findings from a national initiative to reduce complications and deaths during childbirth. "For every maternal death, we know there are about 100 episodes of severe maternal morbidity," said Dr. Barbara Levy, referring to health conditions that affect pregnancy and childbirth. Levy is ACOG's vice president for health policy. "Chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes are some of the leading causes of poor outcomes for women during childbirth," she said in an ACOG news release. "So, we want to herald these improvements in ... Read more

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Don't Let Baby Weight Linger Between Pregnancies

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 3, 2018 – Gaining too much baby weight is an issue for many pregnant women. What's more, if you don't lose those pounds, they could pose a problem during your next pregnancy, according to a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers looked at nearly 8,000 women who had babies two years apart and found that those who didn't get back to their pre-pregnancy weight before they conceived again had more complications during the second pregnancy. These issues ranged from an increased risk for Caesarean sections to gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. According to the American Public Health Association, being overweight or obese also increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, conditions that can threaten a pregnancy. Labor and delivery problems have also been linked to a woman's body mass index (BMI). Some studies suggest that overweight ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Gestational Diabetes, Cesarean Section

Is Air Pollution a Threat to a Fetus?

Posted 11 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 11, 2017 – Women who are exposed to air pollution right before or after they become pregnant may be more likely to have a baby with birth defects, new research suggests. The increased risk is modest, but scientists say their findings warrant more investigation since all pregnant women are exposed to some level of pollution. "The most susceptible time of exposure appears to be the one month before and after conception," said study senior author Dr. Emily DeFranco, a physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. "Public health efforts should continue to highlight the importance of minimizing population-level exposure to harmful particulate matter in the air," she added in a hospital news release. For the study, the researchers investigated the effects of fine particulate matter – tiny particles and droplets of liquid that get into the air. Once inhaled, they ... Read more

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Breathing Trouble May Follow Preemies to Adulthood

Posted 1 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 1, 2017 – People who were born prematurely may have smaller-than-normal airways in adulthood, which can cause respiratory problems, researchers say. Premature birth is associated with poorer heart and lung function, but the reasons why have not been fully understood. In a new study, investigators compared adults who were born eight weeks or more early with people who were born at full-term. Both groups were the same age and height. The researchers used lung function tests to calculate the airway size of each study participant, and concluded that airway size in the premature group was smaller than in the full-term group. "Our study might suggest that respiratory treatments would be less effective in individuals born prematurely, but more work needs to be done to directly test this," said study author Joseph Duke. He's an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University. ... Read more

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Hospital Midwives, Lower C-Section Rates?

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Expectant mothers seeking to lower their risk of a cesarean delivery might want to consider getting a midwife involved, a new study suggests. In addition, midwives were tied to less need for a surgical incision called an episiotomy during childbirth, the researchers reported. "More midwife-attended births may correlate with fewer obstetric procedures, which could lower costs without lowering the quality of care," wrote study co-authors Laura Attanasio, of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Katy Kozhimannil of the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The study findings are based on 126 hospitals in New York state. About 25 percent of those hospitals had no midwives. About half had midwives, but they attended less than 15 percent of births. At 7 percent of the hospitals, however, midwives attended more than four out of 10 births, according ... Read more

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Health Tip: Supporting Breast-feeding Moms on the Job

Posted 3 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

-- There are a number of options available if businesses want to make it more convenient for mothers to express breast milk at work. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests: Find a devoted space for nursing mothers. If a mother has a safe and private place to pump, she will not have to go elsewhere, such as a car or home. This space requires a comfortable chair, a place for a breast pump and an electrical outlet. If you do not have room for a dedicated area, consider sharing space with other nearby businesses. Many women have their own breast pumps, since insurance plans often cover them. But some businesses buy hospital-grade pumps for employees. These devices may speed up the pumping process and prevent the need for a mother to carry a pump back and forth from home. Ensure that there is adequate refrigeration for nursing mothers. Read more

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Even Partial Breast-Feeding for First Few Months Lowers SIDS Risk

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – New research confirms that breast-feeding for two to four months of a newborn's life can significantly reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). But the study also found moms don't need to breast-feed exclusively to reap that benefit. Even partial breast-feeding will do, the 20-region study found. "What is, perhaps, surprising is that there does not appear to be any benefit of exclusive breast-feeding over partial breast-feeding in relation to SIDS, though there are many other benefits associated with exclusive breast-feeding," explained study author John Thompson, from New Zealand's University of Auckland. The analysis included research from eight major international studies. The researchers reviewed over 2,200 SIDS case patients and over 6,800 "control" infants. There was great variability in the rates of any breast-feeding and exclusive ... Read more

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Doctors Urged to Discuss Cord Blood Donations Early in Pregnancy

Posted 30 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2017 – A leading group of U.S. pediatricians is encouraging parents to donate to public cord blood banks after the birth of their children. The past decade has seen an increase in the use of umbilical cord blood for stem cell transplants that can save children with fatal or debilitating diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement. "Most parents will never need cord blood for their own family's use, but they can donate this precious lifesaving gift to benefit others," said statement lead author Dr. William Shearer. He is a professor of pediatrics and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "We expect the need for these therapies that rely on stem cell transplantation to grow, and would like families to understand the choices they have," he said in an academy news release. Cord blood is an excellent source of stem cells. It's ... Read more

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Ob/Gyns Warn Against 'Vaginal Seeding' Trend for Newborns

Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 25, 2017 – The U.S.'s leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists is warning against a new trend where babies born by C-section are "seeded" via cotton swabs with vaginal microbes from the mother. "Vaginal seeding" is growing in popularity because it's thought that babies born through Cesarean-section miss out on certain "helpful" vaginal microbes that might shield the infant from asthma, allergies and immune disorders. "Vaginal seeding has become a rising trend for patients," noted Dr. Jennifer Wu, an ob/gyn at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "Patients read about the benefits of a vaginal delivery and hope to replicate these benefits with vaginal seeding." As explained by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), it's thought that contact with healthy vaginal bacteria helps stimulate the infant immune system, prevents the growth of ... Read more

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Breast Milk May Arrive Late for Obese New Moms

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – While obesity in pregnancy has long been linked to a higher risk for complications during childbirth, there's now another reason to avoid it: a late start to breast milk production. That's the finding from a new study of more than 200 women with newborns who planned to breast-feed. The researchers found that delays in "lactogenesis" – the production of breast milk within three days of delivery – "occurred more frequently among women who were obese at the time of delivery." The study highlights an issue many new moms have to deal with, said one pediatrician who reviewed the new study. "Breast-feeding is hard for all mothers," said Dr. Sophia Jan, who directs pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y. "This study found that breast-feeding is even harder for mothers who were obese prior to pregnancy." There are potential consequences ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Delivery, Premature Labor, Labor Induction, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Labor Pain, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Lactation Augmentation

Incision Length Linked to Pain After Cesarean

Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2017 – How much pain a woman feels after cesarean delivery may depend on the length of the incision, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed pain in nearly 700 women who gave birth via elective C-sections. Both short and long surgical incisions were linked to greater pain. Based on their findings, the researchers concluded that the ideal length of a C-section incision is between roughly 4.5 and 6.5 inches. They said shorter and longer incisions should be avoided when possible. Women in the study were followed for up to 12 months. Those with short incisions were more likely to report higher pain scores immediately after delivery, which likely indicates intense tissue stretching during delivery, the researchers said. Women with long incisions were also more likely to report higher pain scores, including increased sensitivity to pain around the surgical incision. "To ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Baby Sleep Positioners

Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents against the use of baby sleep positioners. While these products may purport to prevent an infant from rolling, the products can lead to suffocation, the FDA says. To help keep baby safe, the agency suggests: Avoid infant sleep positioners of any kind. Do not use pillows, blankets, sheets, or quilts in a crib. Dress babies for the season to stay warm without extra blankets and sheets. Keep cribs bare of objects and toys. Always put baby on his or her back in a crib. Read more

Related support groups: Sleep Disorders, Delivery, Premature Labor, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Study Debunks Notion That Epidurals Prolong Labor

Posted 11 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 – Epidurals are a popular form of pain control for women during labor, but they've long been blamed for hindering progress in the delivery room. However, new research challenges this widely held belief, suggesting that epidurals have no effect on how long labor lasts – or when babies are born. "We found that exchanging the epidural anesthetic with a [non-drug] saline placebo made no difference in the duration of the second stage of labor," said study lead researcher Dr. Philip Hess. He directs obstetric anesthesia at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Jennifer Wu, an ob/gyn who reviewed the new findings, said there are "important aspects to this study." Use of "low-dose epidurals versus placebos during the pushing stage of labor did not increase duration of pushing" or the need for a C-section, said Wu, who works at Lenox Hill Hospital in New ... Read more

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