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Elective Induction at 40 Weeks? Decision-Based Evidence Making Strikes Again

Some months ago, Henci deconstructed the prepublication manuscript of a systematic review concluding that elective induction at 40 weeks had benefits and didn’t increase the cesarean rate for [...]

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Dueling Cesarean Statistics: What Should the Cesarean Rate Be?

Henci has a Science & Sensibility post under that title comparing the recent study concluding that 19%, not 10-15%, is the cesarean rate above which no further reductions in maternal or [...]

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New Study Finds Women Are Safe at Home

The Toronto Star reports on a large study comparing outcomes between 11,493 low-risk Canadian women planning home birth at the onset of labor and a random sample of 11,493 equally low-risk women [...]

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Another Maternal Benefit of Breastfeeding

Adding to the long list of breastfeeding benefits, Medscape Medical News summarizes a study demonstrating that breastfeeding strongly protects women diagnosed with gestational diabetes from [...]

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Cervical Ripening Via Balloon Catheter Works as Well as Oral Misoprostol

Using a balloon catheter to ripen the cervix* in preparation for labor induction results in similar rates of cesarean, chorioamnionitis (inflammation of the fetal membranes), and low Apgar [...]

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