Just in time for lunch on the West Coast of the US:
Here is a collection of stories from around the web...let us know if you learned anything new in the comments. Also, let us know what kinds of topics are interesting to you. Enjoy your reading/lunch time!
Outcomes of Donor Oocyte Cycles in Assisted Reproduction
In a more detailed multivariate analysis of data from 2010,
the authors found that a good perinatal outcome was positively associated with
embryo transfer on day 5 (29.6% vs 23.3% with embryo transfer on day 3;
adjusted odds ratio, 1.17 [95% CI, 1.04-1.32]) and elective single-embryo
transfer (44.7% vs 24.9% with no elective single-embryo transfer; adjusted odds
ratio, 2.32 [95% CI, 1.92-2.80]) but was negatively associated with tubal or
uterine factor infertility or with non-Hispanic black race/ethnicity of the
maternal recipient. Recipient age was not significantly associated with the
likelihood of a good perinatal outcome. These findings have immediate clinical
relevance and also raise some intriguing questions.
JAMA Network | JAMA | http://bit.ly/1gIhvQn
Donor egg pregnancies on the rise, U.S. study
U.S. women are increasingly using
donated eggs to get pregnant, with often good results, although the ideal
outcome — a single baby born on time at a healthy weight — is still uncommon, a
That ideal result occurred in about 1 out of 4 donor egg pregnancies in 2010,
up from 19 percent a decade earlier, the study found.
From the San Mateo Daily Journal http://bit.ly/1h5ZadH
High Blood Pressure In Pregnancy Linked To High Stroke Risk
blood pressure (HBP) is a common medical problem encountered during pregnancy.
Women are closely monitored throughout pregnancy for changes in blood pressure
to prevent health complications that put the mother and the fetus at risk for
health complications. Although women’s BP levels may return to normal
post-partum, they are found to be at an increased risk for a future stroke,
according to a recent study.
Link to the rest of the story: http://bit.ly/1h5ZYPx
October is Loss Awareness Month – you are not alone
Miscarriage: Perceptions And Realities
Miscarriage is the term used for the spontaneous loss of an
embryo or fetus within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. Nearly 1 million
miscarriages are said to occur in the U.S. each year. Although miscarriage is
quite common, there's still a taboo around it. Many women experience shame and
guilt after a miscarriage, and there are also a number of misconceptions about
this most common complication of pregnancy.
Read the rest of article here: http://bit.ly/1h5WPzi
Labor day - The C-section comes under review - 2013 FALL - Stanford Medicine
Magazine - Stanford University School
An understanding of what makes labor normal is,
of course, necessary for understanding what makes it abnormal. Obstetricians
have traditionally used Friedman’s labor curve to help decide if it’s time to
intervene, either with a caesarean section — the surgical delivery of the baby
through the lower abdomen — or with operative vaginal delivery — using a
grasping tool such as forceps to help. But C-sections, performed more often
today than ever before, present their own risks, including predisposing women
to disorders in future pregnancies. So, one major benefit of the new “normal”
could be fewer C-sections, making childbirth safer for both mother and baby.
new understanding is that, instead of a single definition of normal, there are
several variations, all of which allow a woman to remain in the early (latent)
phase of labor for two, three or even four hours longer than in decades past,
before labor is considered abnormal. This is especially important for
first-time mothers, who tend to labor longer than in subsequent pregnancies.
Read the whole report here http://stanford.io/18eKyRd
Women need a year to recover from childbirth, study finds
New mothers may be told
that they will be back to 'normal' within six weeks of giving birth, but a new
study has found that most women take much longer to recover.
Dr Julie Wray, of
Salford University, interviewed women two to three weeks, three months and six
to seven months after they had given birth to gain a unique insight into
She concluded that it
takes a year to recover from childbirth. Her study also revealed significant
dissatisfaction amongst new mothers with postnatal services.
From Mail Online http://dailym.ai/1h5YuFa
In case your little one has to spend time in the NICU:
Hypothermia No Help to Neonatal ECMO
hypothermia to neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in infants
with very severe cardiorespiratory problems did not improve neurological
outcomes at 2 years, a randomized trial found.
The whole article can be found here: http://bit.ly/19WtNuK
Car Seats: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know
Right now, though, what is the best
technology? All car seats have to adhere to federal regulations, so don’t worry
about buying a dud. I said “buying,” because you shouldn’t accept
hand-me-downs; most car seats expire after about six years, in part because the plastic and
harness webbing degrade from heat and cold. As far as I could find out, there
are no comprehensive online databases matching best and worst car seats to
various car models, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does rank many popular car seat models for “ease of use,” which
includes whether they are compatible with most cars and whether their
installation manuals are actually decipherable. (Most aren’t: one study reported that car seat manual instructions “exceed the reading skills
of most American consumers.” Yes, scientists actually study these kinds of
Read the whole article here: http://huff.to/1alya6L
8 Breastfeeding Positions to Make Nursing Easier on Mom
Every mom I talked to
had a different way to hold her baby while nursing, a different breastfeeding "style" so to speak. So which one was right?
All of them. Every darn one of them.
How you breastfeed a baby, it turns out, doesn't matter all that much. What
does matter is that mom and baby are both comfortable and the little one is
getting to eat. The real trick is finding what works for you.
Read the whole article and see the picture tutorial at The Stir:
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