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Is Elective Induction with an Unripe Cervix Innocuous?

A Medscape article reporting on a randomized controlled trial claims that induction with an unfavorable cervix doesn’t increase cesarean rates, but let’s look closer. Investigators randomly [...]

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S&S Publishes Parts 2 & 3 of “Supporting Women When a VBAC Doesn’t Happen”

Parts 2 and 3 of the Science & Sensibility series are “The Forgotten Mothers,” and “Supporting the Mothers.” Check out the International Cesarean Awareness Network website for additional [...]

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Antidote to ‘Net Stories on Jessa Duggar’s “Scary” Home Birth

Amid the ‘net brouhaha over Jessa Duggar’s postpartum transfer for severe bleeding after home birth, one article stands out as the voice of sanity: “Jessa Duggar’s midwife did exactly what [...]

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Labor Drugs Have Adverse Effect on Newborn Ability to Suckle

According to a study soon to be published in Birth, epidural fentanyl and IV oxytocin have dose-dependent negative effects on instinctive newborn ability to suckle. Investigators blinded to [...]

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S&S Series on Supporting Women Whose VBAC Labors End in Repeat Cesareans

Science and Sensibility is running a 3-part series on supporting women who plan VBAC but have repeat cesareans. “Part 1: A Unique Grief” was published last week.

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