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Midwifery Model Care Improves Maternal-Child Outcomes in Low-Income Women

Healio points us to a report from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) on the results of Strong Start, a package of strategies to improve maternal-child health in low-income [...]

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More Time to Push Reduces Cesarean Rates in 1st-Time Mothers with Epidurals

EurekAlert reports on a trial finding that giving 1st-time mothers more time to push out their babies cuts the cesarean rate for prolonged second stage in half. The American College of [...]

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Zero Tolerance for Drinking Alcohol in Pregnancy?

On the grounds that fetal alcohol syndrome is preventable by zero alcohol intake, an alarmist new recommendation from the CDC advises sexually active women not on birth control not to drink [...]

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Frying Pan Vs. Fire: Inducing Older Moms at 39 Weeks

Once again the internet is abuzz over a study concluding that inducing labor doesn’t increase the cesarean rate, this time in week 39 in 1st-time mothers age 35 or older. The justification for [...]

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Access to Independent Midwives Is Associated with Lower Cesarean Rates and Improved Outcomes

EurekAlert reports on a study finding that states allowing autonomous certified nurse-midwifery (CNM) practice (no requirement for practice agreements or physician supervision) had more midwives [...]

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Do Very High BMI and Gestational Diabetes Increase the Likelihood of Having a Child with Autism?

Henci has a Science & Sensibility post under this title deconstructing a flurry of studies coming to the conclusion that they might.

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S&S Posts Two-Part Series on Zika & Pregnancy

Science & Sensibility has run a two-part series on Zika and pregnancy written by guest blogger, Rebekah Wheeler, CNM. Part 1 provides basic facts about the Zika virus, and Part 2 looks at the [...]

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