More evidence that less is more

Evidence continues to mount that increased use of interventions in childbirth, such as induction and cesarean, are not necessarily beneficial to mothers OR babies. In a study published this month in the Journal Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, researchers found no evidence that higher rates of cesarean benefit babies. According to... Continue reading →

Rise of unnecessary cesareans

MyHealthNewsDaily recently reported on the rising rate of cesareans, especially among first-time mothers. “The most concerning problem is the high rate in first-time mothers,” said Dr. Jun Zhang, a medical researcher at the National Institutes of Health and co-author of a new report on cesarean delivery practices. In his study,... Continue reading →

Disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a report on disrespect and abuse in facility-based childbirth around the world. From the Executive Summary: Lack of respectful and non-abusive care at birth may encompass many points along a continuum that spans dignified, patient centered care, non-dignified care, and... Continue reading →

Cesareans 17% more likely at for-profit hospitals

California Watch, a nonpartisan investigative reporting initiative, has released a study showing that for-profit hospitals in California are performing cesareans at higher rates than non-profits, even in low-risk pregnancies. A database  compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to... Continue reading →

Antibiotics Before Cesarean?

ACOG has issued recommendations that all women scheduled for cesareans be given antibiotics an hour beforehand and “emergent cases” should be started on antibiotics “as soon as possible.” According to Medpage Today: Although antimicrobial prophylaxis to reduce postoperative maternal infections is already common practice for C-sections, clinicians need to stop... Continue reading →