A meta-analysis of 140 studies by investigators from the Cochrane Collaboration shows that oxytocin may not be the best choice for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage, despite the current recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO). PLUS: Commentary on the findings from our Maternal Mortality Series Editor, Carolyn Zelop, MD.
Results of a recent extended study of prolapse surgery showed that in 60% of women, two common procedures failed within 5 years, but patients still reported a higher quality of life than before the surgery. Plus: ACOG has released a revised Committee Opinion to emphasize the idea of the “fourth trimester” in an attempt to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality numbers. Also: A recent study suggests that entering menopause later in life may be associated with a small boost in memory performance years later.
A study examines whether postpartum depression is on the decline. Plus: Are women who develop preeclampsia at greater risk of cardiovascular disease than those who didn't? Also, a look at the impact of severe nutrition deficiency in pregnancy on the development of mental health disorders in offspring.
Susan C Olmstead and Yalda Afshar, MD, PhD, discuss birth plans and whether there is a place for them.
What are the long-term benefits of breastmilk for preterm babies? Also, a first-of-its-kind study looks at maternal folate levels and BMI and the role they play in the child's risk of obesity. Plus: What are the adverse neonatal outcomes of untreated depression in the mother?
The CDC has released new guidelines for interpreting Zika virus tests. Also, is the trend for triplet and higher-order birth rate going up or down? Plus: Do preemies benefit from maternal vaccines?