Our top 5 journal studies of 2019 looked at how midwives affect birth and care outcomes, benchmark data on pelvic exams, and more.
How does the presence of midwives affect care and birth outcomes?
A study compared labor care processes and birth outcomes between births in medical centers with both midwives and physicians versus those receiving only physician care.
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CDC releases ‘benchmark’ data on pelvic exams
The CDC released an analysis that may be a benchmark for women’s behavior regarding pelvic exams before ACOG made a sea change in guidance on when to perform the tests.
Cholestasis/stillbirth link: Reassuring data
International research offers data that ob/gyns can use to better manage cholestasis in pregnancy and counsel patients about risk of stillbirth associated with the condition.
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Risk of stillbirth in women who go beyond ‘term’
An analysis suggests that after a certain number of gestational weeks, the risk of stillbirth increases dramatically.
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Maternal folic acid and risk of autism in siblings
One study looked at whether maternal folic acid intake is associated with reduced rates of ASD in high-risk families.
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