HPV During Pregnancy

HPV in pregnancy has not been connected with pregnancy complications such as miscarriage or premature labor. ... read more »

New Mothers Wait Six Weeks Before Having Sex

According to a study published in BJOG, new mothers wait the recommended six weeks before having vaginal intercourse after the birth of their first child. Moreover, operative delivery leads to longer wait times. ... read more »

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Calculator

This vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) success and risk calculator helps identify the mathematical chance of having a vaginal birth after cesarean. The VBAC calculator is based on the equation published in the article cited below.  ... read more »

Oxytocin Does Not Reduce Risk of C-Section

Slow labor is often treated with an oxytocin drip. Oxytocin is a pregnancy hormone that speeds up labor progression. Oxytocin is given as Pitocin. ... read more »

Common Postpartum Problems: Episiotomy Issues

If you received a small incision in your perineum while giving birth, this procedure is called an episiotomy. It is sometimes necessary in order to make more room for your baby during delivery. ... read more »

Breastfeeding: Infant Thrush (Yeast Infection)

Yeast is part of the human digestive system. Infants often come in contact with yeast for the first time during vaginal labor. They can also come in contact with yeast while breastfeeding. ... read more »

Effect of Academic Detailing on Group B Strep Testing Rates

Researchers from Brazil recently published a study in the BMC Pregnancy Childbirth journal investigating the effectiveness of academic detailing on group B strep testing rates. ... read more »

Two-thirds of Women Can Deliver Vaginally after Cesarean

Many women who have had a cesarean section to deliver their first baby think they are stuck having a c-section for every subsequent child, but a newly released study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that most women can successfully deliver a second baby vaginally. ... read more »

Having a Baby in California? Cost Varies Widely

It may be easy to explain the birds and bees to a kid wondering wherebabies come from but deciphering a hospital bill for a baby's deliverycharges is a different kind of lesson entirely. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery Safe for Women with Unruptured Aneurysm

Researchers from the University of Florida believe women with unruptured aneurysm are not at increased risk of rupture during pregnancy, according to a study published in Neurology. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery Associated with Adult Incontinence

According to questionnaires completed by more than 6,000 women, vaginal delivery may cause long-term complications not associated with C-section delivery. ... read more »

Effect of C-Section on Future Fertility

A study published in the journal Human Reproduction claims women who deliver via C-section may have more difficulty conceiving after delivery than women who birth vaginally. ... read more »

Labor Induction May Not Increase C-Section Risk

Research on the risk of C-section delivery when labor is induced is conflicting. A new study published in BJOG offers a systemic review of previous studies in an attempt to find a consensus on the topic. ... 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 »

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 »

Efficacy of One-on-one Childbirth Care

In recent years, one-on-one childbirth care has moved from being the norm to being a rare occurrence. Laboring women are often left for lengths of time with no female support system. ... 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 »

Clinical Management: Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

ROM (rupture of membranes) is when you break your water. Premature rupture of membranes or PROM is when you break your water before you go into labor. Up to three percent of all PROM occur prior to the 37th week of gestation (preterm PROM)  and 10% occur at term (term PROM).   ... 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 »

Study Shows 4 Factors Associated with the Happiest Moms

A recent study conducted by scientists in Spain has identified four factors associated with childbirth that seem to make new mothers happiest. ... 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 »

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 »

Natural Birth Boosts Brain Proteins

There are definitive medical reasons for scheduling a C-section delivery. Many of these reasons ultimately help reduce the risk of labor complications or the C-section is used as an emergency delivery option if fetal complications are observed. ... read more »

C-Section Rates Vary Widely Among US Hospitals

C-section deliveries are more expensive and risky than vaginal deliveries and C-section rates have risen by nearly 12% from 1996 to 2011. ... read more »