Multifaceted Intervention Reduces Cesareans and Neonatal Morbidity
Evidence shows that continuing professional education and structured internal audit can both reduce levels of obstetrical interventions and improve outcomes for mothers and babies.
Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Detects Most Chromosomal Abnormalities
New research presented at The Pregnancy Meeting™ last week in New Orleans shows that noninvasive prenatal testing can detect more than 80% of chromosomal abnormalities.
Expectant Monitoring Best for Late Preterm Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
In women with late preterm hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, immediate delivery did not decrease the risk of severe adverse maternal outcomes but did increase the risk of neonatal RDS, unlike with expectant monitoring.
For Labor Pain, Women Prefer Epidural to Remifentanil
The effectiveness of remifentanil patient-controlled analgesia is not equivalent to that of epidural analgesia for pain relief during labor, study finds.
Personalized Prevention of Preterm Birth May Be Possible
New study findings may soon help ob/gyns personalize preterm birth prevention treatments by identifying which women at higher risk for preterm birth will be helped by progesterone injections.
Obese Pregnant Patients May Benefit From Cardio Risk Screening
Obesity during pregnancy is an independent risk factor for long-term cardiovascular morbidity, and these complications tend to occur at a younger age, researchers found.
Home Birth Linked to Increased Neonatal Mortality Rates
The risk of death in the first 28 days of life was roughly 4 times higher for babies delivered at home by midwives than babies delivered at a hospital by midwives, new research shows.
Differences in Cervicovaginal Microbiota May Indicate Preterm Birth
DNA analysis of vaginal swabs shows that cervicovaginal microbiota differs in the late second and early third trimester in women destined to have a preterm birth.
Congenital Abnormalities Are Less Likely in Women 35 and Older
After excluding chromosomal abnormalities, women 35 years and older are at decreased risk for having a child with a major congenital malformation.
1 in 5 Healthy-at-Discharge Preemies Have Neuro Impairment at Age 2
About 20% of premature babies who appear healthy at discharge have cerebral palsy or neurological impairment at age 2 years, suggesting that all preemies need early childhood evaluation.