A Reflection on Working in Labor & Delivery

Working in Labor & Delivery can be extremely stressful and oftentimes overwhelming, but there’s a reason why we keep coming back. Watching women turn into mothers and men into fathers will never get old.

Tocolytic Therapy for Preterm Delivery

This is a great review from the British Medical Journal of tocolytic therapy, treatment to stop preterm labor. It reviews  what works and what does not. There are two tocolytics that seem to have the highest success rate: prostaglandin inhibitors (eg indomethacin, ketorolac)  performed best closely followed by calcium channel blockers (nifedipine, nitrates).

Cytotec For Labor Induction and Patient Consent

Cytotec or misoprostol is a medication approved for treating stomach ulcers. Though it is not FDA approved for that purpose, obstetricians and hospitals often use Cytotec for inducing labor. That is called an "off-label" use and is not in and by itself a cause of malpractice. There are potentially serious problems associated with Cytotec during pregnancy. When given early in pregnancy, Cytotec could act as an "abortifacient", a drug to induce an abortion or termination of the pregnancy.

The Risks of Cytotec For Inducing Labor

Serena Williams recently revealed that her labor was induced, she developed “fetal distress,” needed a cesarean delivery and subsequently developed a major complication called “pulmonary embolism”.

Vaccination During Pregnancy

Vaccines are given to pregnant women to protect the mother and the baby against serious infectious diseases. When you get vaccinated, you are protecting yourself. And you are also sharing some early protection with the baby too.

Low Asprin for Preventing Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is one of the most deadly medical problems affecting pregnant women. Preeclampsia complicates up to 10% of pregnancies worldwide and contributes to both maternal and infant morbidity and mortality as well as accounting for about 1 in 7 preterm births in the United States.

Social and Emotional Skills for Toddler in the First Year

Your toddler’s social and emotional development will form the foundation of how she will develop relationships, express emotions and cope with change and adversity in later life. In her second year of life, her awareness of herself and the outside world will begin to evolve. One moment she’s your helpless, cute baby, and the next moment you will get a glimpse of the independent child she will become.

Welcome to Toddlerhood: Cognitive Skills 12-24 Months

As your child approaches her first birthday, her cognitive skills are still very basic. In the second year of life, brain development is rapid, as she begins to interact more with the outside world. As she develops through childhood and into adulthood her cognitive skills will help her: process information, think, learn, read, write, remember, reason, create and focus.

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