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Patient leaflets may not be effective in the real world
Leaflets used to promote informed choice in women using maternity services in the UK are not effective in everyday practice, say researchers from Sheffield University in this week's BMJ. (2002-03-14)

Residencies must train residents to treat substance use disorder among pregnant women
Early-career family physicians who both provide maternity care and prescribe buprenorphine -- a medication used to treat opioid use disorder -- primarily completed their training in a small number of residency programs. As data about the risks of maternal mortality from substance use disorder emerges, it will be important to increase training opportunities in family medicine residencies to meet the needs of pregnant women with substance use disorder. (2020-03-09)

Women 'damned either way' on maternity leave
Women are judged negatively if they choose to take maternity leave -- and if they don't -- new research suggests. (2017-05-31)

Improved access to Midwifery Units is urgently needed, says new study
A high number of pregnant women in England cannot access the maternity care most appropriate for them, according to a new study, which could be costing the NHS millions of pounds a year. The research, which is published in the BMJ Open, reviewed NHS maternity services in different areas of England and identified a number of key factors that limit the availability and use of Midwifery Units, (home-like settings run by midwives). (2020-02-19)

Having a baby may cost some families $4,500 out-of-pocket
One of the most expensive parts of having a baby may involve the birth itself, a new Michigan Medicine study suggests. (2020-01-06)

Birth study empowers pregnant women
New QUT research has shed light on why some women have 'normal' births and many don't, delivering vital information to help women make more informed maternity care decisions. (2018-07-23)

Midwife-led maternity care costs €182 less per woman than consultant-led care
The average cost of maternity care for a woman in a midwife-led unit is €182 less than in a consultant-led unit, according to new research conducted by the School of Nursing and Midwifery and School of Medicine (Health Policy and Management) at Trinity College Dublin. (2015-11-17)

Midwife shortages contributing to 'near misses' on labour wards
Midwife shortages are contributing to adverse events and (2003-09-11)

1-to-1 midwife care just as safe and costs significantly less than current maternity care
Continued care from a named midwife throughout pregnancy, birth, and after the baby is born (caseload midwifery) is just as safe as standard maternity care (shared between different midwives and medical practitioners) for all women irrespective of risk, and is significantly cheaper, according to new research published in The Lancet. (2013-09-16)

Women who receive midwife care throughout their pregnancy and birth have better outcomes
Maternity care that involves a midwife as the main care provider leads to better outcomes for most women, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library. Researchers found that women who received continued care throughout pregnancy and birth from a small group of midwives were less likely to give birth pre-term and required fewer interventions during labour and birth than when their care was shared between different obstetricians, GPs and midwives. (2013-08-20)

Significant improvement in neonatal care in England over 10 years
Neonatal services in England have seen a considerable improvement since the introduction of new guidelines in 2003, a study published on bmj.com claims. (2012-04-03)

Having fully stocked cart to treat malignant hyperthermia during labor not cost-beneficial
Maintaining a stocked cart, with a full supply of the life-saving drug dantrolene, to treat malignant hyperthermia, a rare but potentially fatal adverse reaction to general anesthesia, may not be cost-beneficial in hospital maternity units where the incidence of the reaction is low, according to a new paper published in the Online First edition of Anesthesiology, the peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). (2018-04-18)

First descriptions of Indiana bat maternity roosts in the southern US
In the June 30 issue of Southeastern Naturalist, USDA Forest Service (FS) and Tennessee Technological University (TTU) researchers provide the first descriptions of Indiana bat maternity habitat in the southeastern United States. Susan Loeb, project leader of the FS Southern Research Station (SRS) unit in Clemson, SC, co-authored the article with TTU's Dr. Michael Harvey and Eric Britzke. (2003-07-15)

'Patient-choice' C-section rate rises 36%: HealthGrades study
The number of pregnant women choosing to have a (2005-09-12)

Longer maternity leave linked to better infant health
For each additional month of paid maternity leave offered in low- and middle-income countries, infant mortality is reduced by 13 percent, according to a new study by researchers from McGill University and UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. (2016-03-30)

Canadian teen moms run higher risk of abuse, depression than older mothers
Teenage mothers are more likely to suffer abuse and postpartum depression than older moms, according to a University of Alberta researcher. (2012-06-18)

Maternity program results in fewer cesarean sections, shorter hospital stays for mothers
A program delivering collaborative maternity care resulted in fewer cesarean deliveries, shorter average hospital stays and higher breast-feeding rates for mothers, according to a study in CMAJ. (2012-09-10)

Finnish researchers developing a digital maternity package
Every Finnish expectant mother can choose to receive a free of charge maternity package containing baby clothes and other useful items. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is currently developing a digital maternity package with the purpose of gathering reliable health information provided by various smart devices, electronic services, and guides into a single user interface. (2014-10-01)

Number of women who take maternity leave has stalled
The number of US women taking maternity leave has not changed in 22 years despite factors that suggest it should be increasing, a new study found. During the same time, the number of fathers taking paternity leave more than tripled. (2017-01-19)

Retailers should re-size maternity wear for women throughout their pregnancies, MU study finds
In a recent study, University of Missouri researcher MyungHee Sohn, an assistant professor of textile and apparel management in the MU College of Human Environmental Sciences, has found that retailers should re-produce the industry standardized size chart to size maternity wear for women entering their fifth month of pregnancy. (2013-02-27)

High rates of caesarean section in Chile do not reflect patient choice
In Chile, the rate of caesarean sections in women with private health insurance is double that of those in the public sector, yet this does not reflect patients' choice, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2000-12-14)

New study examines the impact of socioeconomic position and maternal morbidity in Australia
The risk of severe maternal morbidity amongst women in Australia is increased by lower socioeconomic position, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2014-09-17)

UK black women have double the risk of pregnancy complications
In the UK, black Caribbean and black African women have twice as much risk of experiencing severe pregnancy complications than white women, according to research published today on BMJ.com. (2009-03-03)

A greater focus on socially disadvantaged women is needed to improve maternity care in England
Women from lower socioeconomic groups in the UK report a poorer experience of care during pregnancy and there needs to be a greater focus on their care, suggests a new study published today n BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2014-09-17)

Study shows women lack confidence in maternity care providers
Every woman who has ever had a baby shower has had to sit through the gruesome war stories about labor and childbirth. (2016-06-27)

Report examines health care challenges for pregnant women enrolled in covered California
A new report by Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University examines the challenge of maintaining enriched health care for pregnant women who are enrolled in Covered California and who are also eligible for Medi-Cal, which includes the Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program. (2014-10-31)

Women with unintended pregnancies take the shortest maternity leaves
Mothers in the United States who have unintended pregnancies return to work sooner after childbirth than mothers whose pregnancy was intended, according to a study led by Dr. Rada K. Dagher, in the University of Maryland School of Public Health. This is the first study to examine pregnancy intention and return to work after childbirth. Findings suggest the need for policies that increase access to effective contraceptive methods and enable women to take longer maternity leaves. (2014-05-05)

Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the US South
A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern US with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women. (2019-01-18)

HealthGrades releases 5th Annual Women's Health in American Hospitals study
Large variations among hospitals persist in the quality of maternity and cardiac care for women, according to a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization. The 5th Annual HealthGrades Women's Health in American Hospitals study analyzes the quality of care at US hospitals in 17 states for treatment of heart disease and stroke among women and for women giving birth, with ratings for individual hospitals posted to www.HealthGrades.com. (2008-06-24)

Pregnancy complications still high for women with diabetes
The risk of death and major birth defects are still high in babies born to women with diabetes, despite an international strategy to raise standards of diabetes care, say researchers in a study published on (2006-06-15)

The risky business of having a baby: why birth interventions are on the rise
C-sections, amniocentesis, spinal blocks, CVS testing - having a baby might be one of the most natural things in the world, but a University of Western Sydney conference will explore why growing numbers of Australian women want modern medicine to intervene in the 'risky business' of childbirth. (2006-06-22)

Breastfeeding does not protect against asthma, allergies
Breastfeeding does not protect children against developing asthma or allergies, says a new study led by McGill University's Dr. Michael Kramer and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The findings were pre-published online Sept. 11 by the British Medical Journal. (2007-09-11)

HealthGrades study: Top hospitals for women's health/maternity care have lower mortality/morbidity
Wide gaps in quality outcomes for women persist, not only when compared to men, but among hospitals and states, according to a new study released today by HealthGrades, the leading independent health-care ratings organization. (2009-06-30)

Climate change projected to alter Indiana bat maternity range
Research by U.S. Forest Service scientists forecasts profound changes over the next 50 years in the summer range of the endangered Indiana bat. In an article published in the journal Ecology and Evolution, Forest Service Southern Research Station researchers Susan Loeb and Eric Winters discuss the findings of one of the first studies designed to forecast the responses of a temperate zone bat species to climate change. (2013-01-28)

New public health goals tackle obstacles to breastfeeding success
For the first time, the barriers to breastfeeding are being addressed at the highest level of government. With the release today of Healthy People 2020, the US Department of Health and Human Services has targeted the new 10-year goals for our nation's health -- and supporting breastfeeding is prominent among them. (2010-12-03)

Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state 'report card'
Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a US-wide 'report card' that ranks each of the 50 states on the quality of their maternity care. (2018-02-21)

UK's aim to half maternal mortality by 2030 is challenged by social inequalities, and increasing maternal age, obesity and c-section rates
The complex issues around maternal deaths in the UK will be presented at Euroanaesthesia in a new review by an anaesthesiologist who works on the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths (CEMD), which began in 1952 and investigates the death of every mother during pregnancy and after childbirth. (2020-11-27)

Study evaluates new World Health Organization Labor Care Guide for maternity care providers
The World Health Organization developed the new Labor Care Guide to support clinicians in providing good quality, women-centered care during labor and childbirth. In a study published in Birth, researchers evaluated the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of the new Labor Care Guide for maternity care providers in six countries. (2020-11-20)

Working-life training and maternity spells are related to slower cognitive decline in later life
Employment gaps may promote but also reduce cognitive function in older age, as new research from the University of Luxembourg has shown. (2013-08-05)

Midwifery linked to better birth outcomes in state-by-state report cards
Midwife-friendly laws and regulations tend to coincide with lower rates of premature births, cesarean deliveries and newborn deaths, according to a new US-wide 'report card' that ranks all 50 states on the quality of their maternity care. (2018-02-21)

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