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Computer Programmers Plan First 3D Virtual Birth Simulator

Computer programmers from the University of East Anglia announced they are working to create the world's first 3D virtual birth simulator. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery Increases Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

According to a research study from Yale School of Medicine, during the first year after vaginal delivery women are more prone to pelvic organ prolapse than women who deliver via C-section. ... read more »

Incontinence in Aging Women Linked to Vaginal Delivery

Two decades after giving birth to one child by vaginal delivery, women are facing incontinence problems at a rate three times that of women who did not give birth vaginally, according to research by the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Painful Sex After Pregnancy

Experiencing postpartum discomfort isn't unusual, though the severity of discomfort you feel will depend on the type of delivery you had. ... read more »

Hospitals Effectively Reducing Elective C-Sections

In recent years C-section rates have increased significantly. Many of the C-sections performed are elective and some are performed during the 37th and 38th week of gestation. ... read more »

More Babies Survive When Labor is Induced

There have been conflicting reports about the risks and benefits of labor induction. Some experts believe inducing labor is unnecessary and even claim the practice can be detrimental to the fetus while other experts claim labor induction is completely safe. Those experts now have a bit more clinical precedence to back up their claims. ... read more »

Repeat C-Sections and Uterine Rupture Risk

When a C-section is performed, an incision is made in the wall of the uterus to extract the fetus during delivery. The incision heals to a scar, which can alter the elasticity of the uterus during future pregnancies. ... read more »

Is it Healthy to Work Up Until My Due Date?

Many women wonder if working up until their pregnancy due date is safe for their health and the health of their unborn child. Find out! ... read more »

Cesarean on Maternal Request and Childhood Obesity Rates

A birth cohort study of more than 180,000 children in China shows a modest connection between non-medical C-sections and childhood obesity. The study was published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. ... read more »

Cesarean Delivery in South Italy: Women Without Choice

While the World Health Organization suggests maintaining a combined worldwide C-section rate between 5 and 15%, southern Italy is not falling within that range. As of 2008, an estimated 38% of pregnancies ended in C-section deliveries. ... read more »

Does a Previous C-Section Scar Affect Implantation?

Researchers from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Unit at Queen Charlottes and Chelsea Hospital in London recently published a study in the journal Human Reproduction on the effect of C-section scarring on future implantation. ... read more »

Labor-Tracking Tool May Reduce Risk of C-Section

According to researchers, the guidelines for the progression of labor before suggesting a C-section delivery are based on outdated clinical studies. ... read more »

Connection Between Obesity and C-section Delivery?

Researchers have concluded, based on a study in Archives of Disease in Childhood that c-section deliveries can cause an increased risk of childhood obesity. ... read more »

Risk of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator During Pregnancy

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are implanted in the body when a patient is at increased risk of cardiac death. The ICD detects heart rhythm and sends a jolt of electricity to the heart when arrhythmia occurs. ... read more »

Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

Cephalopelvic Disproportion is a rare condition where the baby's head or body is too large to fit through the mother's pelvis. ... read more »

What is a Birth Plan?

A birth plan is a flexible plan expressing the birth mother's preferences during birth. The plan is not a medical guide or definitive declaration of how the birth will go. ... read more »

C-Section Rates and Maternal BMI

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Medical Center published a study in the journal of the Tennessee Medical Association describing the impact of obesity on C-section rates. ... read more »

Food Restrictions May Not be Necessary During Childbirth

When labor begins, food restrictions are typically enforced to protect the mother from possible pregnancy complications and/or side effects if a C-section delivery is needed. ... read more »

Restorative Proctocolectomy Impairs Fertility

Restorative proctocolectomy (RPC) may have adverse side effects on fertility and pregnancy, according to a study published in the journal Colorectal Disease. ... read more »

Urinary Incontinence Risk After C-Section

Women who deliver via C-section are at increased risk of urinary incontinence, but may not be at increased risk of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction. ... read more »

Pregnant Women with Pelvic Girdle Pain Should Deliver Vaginally

A study recently published in the Norwegian Institute of Public Health suggests patients with pelvic girdle pain choose vaginal delivery, when possible, over C-section delivery to reduce pelvic girdle pain postpartum. ... read more »

Developing Nations in Need of C-Section Training

According to a study completed by a leader at the Harvard Medical School, developing nations don't have the infrastructure and training needed to perform safe C-sections. ... read more »

Diabetes Risk for African-American Women With Gestational Diabetes

Researchers have found a link between gestational diabetes and increased risk of type 2 diabetes in African-American women. ... read more »

C-Sections and Labor Induction in Rural Vs. Urban Hospitals

There are differences in obstetrics care provided in rural and urban areas, according to a new study. ... read more »

Maternal Mortality and Institutional Deliveries

Third-world countries have a higher rate of maternal and infant mortality than the rest of the world, but researchers in Nigeria wanted to find out just how high maternal mortality rates were when births took place in a controlled setting like a medical institution. ... read more »

IUD Implantation Pain Among Three Groups of Women

Implantation of an intrauterine system is painful. Researchers from the Human Reproduction Unit at the University of Campinas School of Medicine recently published a study outlining pain and difficulty of insertion among three groups of women. ... read more »

Vaginal Birth Anxiety: Should Women Have the Right to Choose?

When it comes to giving birth, women often feel they must follow the instruction or advice of the obstetrician even if they feel an immense amount of fear about childbirth. This is especially true of women who fear vaginal delivery but have no idea why they feel fear. ... read more »

Private Pay Patients Undergo C-Section at Twice the Rate

Twice as many private-pay patients schedule cesarean sections than publicly funded patients, according to a new study published in the British medical journal, BMJ Open. ... read more »

Study Links Consumption of Trans Fats to Bigger Babies

We've known for over twenty years that trans fats (man-made fats used to preserve the shelf life of foods) negatively affect our health, but new research is showing that it may also affect the health of our newborns. ... read more »

Medicaid Coverage of Birth Doulas May Reduce C-Section Rates

Birth doulas are not officially medical providers but they are trained to provide support during labor and delivery. According to a recent study, Medicaid patients who received care from birth doulas were less likely to have cesarean sections. ... read more »

Are Children Born by C-Section More Likely to Have Allergies?

More than 1,293,000 children were born by cesarean section in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means nearly one-third of all babies are born by C-section. ... read more »

Gauging Placental Health via Ultrasound

The placenta is the organ that supplies all the oxygen and nutrients the growing fetus needs. ... read more »

What Is Labor Induction?

Pregnancies don’t always go as planned. There are instances when it is necessary to expedite the birthing process, and it is often done via labor induction. ... read more »

How To Increase Your Chances of Birthing Vaginally - Part 2

Here are more suggestions on how to increase your chances of a vaginal birth. ... read more »

C-Sections Are More Likely in For-Profit Hospitals

Pregnant women may be receiving more C-sections to generate higher income for hospitals and doctors. ... read more »

Cesarean Section and Delivery

When vaginal births are too risky or the birth must happen very quickly, a cesarean section or delivery, or c-section, is chosen by the obstetrician for the safety of both baby and mom. ... read more »

How To Increase Your Chances of Birthing Vaginally - Part 1

There are many things you can do prenatally and in labor to help to lower your risk of cesarean section. ... read more »

New Program Aims to Reduce Number of C-Sections

Multiple medical journals have reported a steady increase in the number of C-sections being performed each year. While C-sections are medically necessary, in some cases, to protect the life of the fetus and mother; not all C-sections are performed out of need. ... read more »

Study: How Weight Affects First Pregnancy Outcomes

Increased weight is associated with increased incidence of pre-eclampsia, gestational hypertension, macrosomia, induction of labor and cesarean delivery. ... read more »

Oregon Denies C-Sections And Deliveries Before 39 Weeks

As of September 1, 2011, Oregon will no longer allow doctors to plan delivery before 39 weeks gestation. ... read more »

Is There a Connection Between Obesity and C-section Delivery?

Much of the increased risk of childhood obesity is associated with maternal weight – not the c-section. ... read more »

Interventions on Labor & Delivery

Most of the time labor and delivery goes smoothly, but sometimes interventions are necessary to ensure the safety of mother and baby. ... read more »

Who Will Be Involved In My Care on Labor & Delivery?

This blog post will attempt to explain the various caregivers that may be participating in your labor and delivery and explain what their role will be in making your baby’s birthday as safe and memorable as possible. ... read more »

What Are The Odds Having A Placental Anomaly?

What are my odds that I will have a placenta previa an accreta or another placental anomaly? ... read more »

How to Prepare for a Cesarean Section

Statistics show that about 1 in 3 women will have a cesarean section or cesarean delivery. Our 12 step program helps you prepare for the cesarean delivery. ... read more »

Cesarean Section or Vaginal Delivery For Preterm Birth?

There is not enough evidence to evaluate the use of a policy of planned immediate caesarean delivery for preterm babies. Further studies are needed in this area, but recruitment is proving difficult. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery and Birth

A vaginal birth remains the number one method for baby delivery, though in many countries cesarean section rates are approaching or even exceeding 50% of deliveries. ... read more »

Impact Of Obesity On Fertility And Pregnancy

Obesity increases pregnancy complications. The prevalence of obesity is currently rising in developed countries, making pregravid overweight one of the most common high-risk obstetric situations. ... read more »

Can I Have A Cesarean Section After A Myomectomy?

During a myomectomy, one or many incisions are made into the uterus, the myoma is cut out, and the defects are sutured. Can I have a cesarean section after myomectomy? ... read more »

Relieving the Itch After C-Section Requires Promptness

One nagging problem that some women face after their cesarean section is incessant itching all over their skin. ... read more »