The fetal fibronectin (fFN) test alone had a sensitivity of 66.7% and a specificity of 97.2% in predicting spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB) in symptomatic twin pregnancies, according to a small pilot study of 40 women.
Obstetrics-Gynecology & Women's Health
In 2012, a Virginia woman began receiving prenatal care for her seventh pregnancy, during which she was diagnosed with Type II diabetes and obesity. During the delivery, shoulder dystocia was encountered. The baby's right arm was noted to be limp and she was diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. The woman sued those involved with the delivery, claiming that during the course of her care, the history, physical examinations, and tests showed she had an increased risk for encountering shoulder dystocia during a vaginal delivery.
In the United States, 1% to 2.5% of pregnant women are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), which carries an approximately 5% risk of transmission from mother to infant. HCV can be transmitted to an infant in utero or during the peripartum period.
Providers should be discussing Zika with their patients and educating them about preventive strategies as well as offering screening and testing to relevant populations of pregnant women.
Across the United States, nitrous oxide (N2O) is attracting attention as a desired option for analgesia during childbirth.
Since hormonal contraception was introduced in the 1960s, the risks and benefits of the drugs have been the subject of considerable, and at times acrimonious, debate.
Speakers from across the country and from all walks of life came to the March for Moms in Washington, DC, with a single goal: motivating society to improve the lives of mothers, babies and birthing families.
A number of risk factors have been found for gestational hypertension/preeclampsia (GH-PE), and a new study from Taiwan suggests endometriosis is one of them, and a significant and independent risk factor at that.
A study of menstrual effluent showed that there are significant differences between samples taken from patients with endometriosis and healthy controls, indicating that analysis of menstrual blood may have potential as a noninvasive diagn
Learning several simple skills can make a breech birth safer for both mother and baby.