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U.S. receives low but improving score for pre-term birthrate

Infants who are born prior to 37 weeks of gestation are considered premature. More than one-half million infants are born prematurely in the United States each year, according to an article in The Nation's Health journal. Pre-term birth is the number one cause of death for newborn infants and can also greatly increase the risk of disabilities that may affect children for their entire lives, including cerebral palsy and learning disabilities.

Lawsuit filed after vacuum assisted birth results in disabilities

In September 2009 when an expectant mother went into labor, neither she nor her husband knew very much about vacuum extraction devices sometimes used during difficult labor. The labor went on for hours as the mother continued to push, at some point the doctor determined that the labor was not progressing. The mother expected that would keep pushing until her baby arrived. Instead the doctor called for the vacuum extraction device.

Woman who control epidural dosing use less

A new study indicates that women who are given control of the amount of medication administered by an epidural use less than women who are administered a continuous amount. This revelation is important as the higher levels of the medications provided by an epidural are associated with an increased instance of assisted deliveries using vacuum or forceps, prolonged labor and a higher frequency in cesarean section births.

Pregnant woman dies of H1N1 flu, infant in critical condition

Just a few weeks ago, on the 11th of February, a pregnant woman who already had a three-year-old son checked into a medical center with what she thought was a bad cold. The 25 year-old woman was having trouble breathing, she was later diagnosed with the H1N1 flu and transported to a regional hospital. She succumbed to the virus and passed away on Monday, ten days after she first decided to seek medical attention.

'Continuous support' during birthing reduces adverse outcomes

A recent study finds that having a person present with the mother to provide continuous support resulted in shorter labors, fewer interventions and an overall increase in the mother's satisfaction with the birthing process. The study was a review of twenty-one clinical trials by the Cochrane Collaboration which compared outcomes for mothers who had received continuous support with those who had not.

Study links pregnancy high blood pressure to postpartum strokes

A new study has found that women who have high blood pressure during pregnancy have an increased instance of strokes in the time period following the birth, according to a report from Reuters. The reported instance of strokes in these women was even higher when the birth was premature. While this study has added a great deal of data to researcher's understanding of this issue, it unfortunately may not provide a clear path to avoiding those strokes later on.

Some hospitals have banned photography during childbirth

In a move that is, at least partially motivated by the fear that photos and videos would end up in court during a medical malpractice case, some hospitals have begun banning cameras in delivery rooms. Photos and videos in these institutions are prohibited at least until after the baby has been delivered safely and the doctor says it is okay.

Deaths from Spinal Anesthesia Rare but Rising Risk

A recent Study reports that the overall rate of U.S. women who die as a result of anesthesia during childbirth has fallen sharply in the last few decades. However, fatality rates for regional anesthesia, compared to general anesthesia, have increased slightly, according to Reuters News

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