Labor And Delivery

Vitamin D and Reproductive Treatment Outcomes: What's the Link?

November 17, 2017

The researchers found that live birth was more likely in women replete with vitamin D versus those with vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency.

Psychostimulant Use Linked to Preeclampsia, Preterm Birth

November 15, 2017

Small increased relative risk of preeclampsia, preterm birth; absolute risk increases are small

Antibiotic Combo for Cesarean Prophylaxis Linked to Better Maternal Outcomes

November 14, 2017

Improved maternal outcomes when azithromycin is added to cephalosporin for infection prophylaxis

Later Seizure Disorder Risks Assessed Following Eclampsia

November 10, 2017

After a pregnancy with eclampsia, a future seizure disorder was significantly more likely (4.58/10,000 person-years) compared with a pregnancy without a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy (0.72/10,000 person-years; crude hazard ratio [HR], 6.09).

SMFM Issues Recommendations on Managing Hepatitis C in Pregnancy

By October 19, 2017

The recommendations will be published in the November issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Prophylactic Antibiotic Course Post C-Section May Reduce SSI Rate

September 20, 2017

The researchers found that the overall rate of SSI was 10.9% in the cohort. Overall, 6.4 and 15.4% of women in the cephalexin-metronidazole and placebo groups, respectively, were diagnosed with SSI (relative risk, 0.41).

Does Prenatal Biologic Therapy for IBD Affect Infant Vaccine Response?

By September 18, 2017

In addition, the researchers assayed umbilical cord blood samples from 33 infants to assess the concentration of biologic agents.

Experts Concerned About Study that Links Flu Vaccine to Spontaneous Abortion

By September 14, 2017

Overall, the study points to an association between spontaneous abortion and influenza vaccination receipt in the past 28 days. This link, however, proved significant only among those vaccinated in the previous season with the pH1N1-containing vaccine.

Anxiety Disorders and Maternal, Fetal Outcomes Investigated

September 14, 2017

The researchers observed no correlation for panic disorder or GAD with maternal or neonatal complications of interest, in adjusted models.

Alcohol Consumption and Pregnancy: Is Any Amount Safe?

By September 12, 2017

Researchers found a "surprisingly limited number of prospective studies" specifically addressing the question of whether consuming small amounts of alcohol has an impact on pregnancy and childhood outcomes.

Do Antiepileptic Treatments Affect Fetal Growth, Preterm Delivery?

September 11, 2017

Increased risk for women on AEDs for epilepsy or other indications; risk varies with drug used.

Recall of Oxytocin Products Due to Lower than Expected Potency

By September 01, 2017

Laboratory test results have indicated a lower than expected potency affecting certain lots which would lead to a lower dose being administered.

Age at Which Men Are Fathering Children in the U.S. Rising

August 31, 2017

Average age of fathers of newborns has risen to 31, researchers say

Does Antiepileptic Drug Use Contribute to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes?

By August 14, 2017

Women with epilepsy were at increased risk of adverse pregnancy and delivery outcomes.

Diet, Physical Activity During Pregnancy May Influence C-Section Risk

July 21, 2017

The researchers found that, overall, interventions were associated with a 9% reduction in risk of cesarean section, and a 24% reduction in risk of developing gestational diabetes.

Causes of Pregnancy-Related Death Examined in the United States

July 18, 2017

Increases in pregnancy-related mortality ratios with maternal age, and racial-ethnic disparities persist

High Rate of Preeclampsia Underscores Need for New Strategies, Study Finds

July 12, 2017

The findings are particularly important because preeclampsia cases rose from 2.4% of pregnancies in 1980 to 3.8% in 2010, the researchers said.

Maternal Ingestion of Placenta Capsules Linked to Bacteremia in Infant

By July 06, 2017

While the clinicians could not rule out the possibility of transmission from a colonized household member, their final diagnosis was late-onset GBS disease attributable to high maternal colonization secondary to consumption of GBS-infected placental tissue.

CDC: Teen Birth Rates Reach Record Low

July 05, 2017

CDC researchers used birth records for nearly 100% of the births in the United States in 2016. The teen birth rate was 20.3 births per 1,000 female teens in 2016, compared to 41.5 births per 1,000 in 2007, according to the report.

Fetal Demise, Preterm Birth High in Diabetic Ketoacidosis

June 21, 2017

The researchers found that fetal demise, preterm birth, and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) admissions occurred in 15.6, 46.3, and 59% of pregnancies, respectively.

Opioid Rx Often Exceeds Amount Needed After C-Section

June 12, 2017

The largest of the 3 new studies involved 720 C-section patients at 6 U.S. medical centers, 85.4% of whom filled an opioid prescription when they left the hospital.

Ideal Magnesium Sulfate Dose ID'd for Fetal Neuroprotection

By June 07, 2017

The analysis found that the simulated maternal serum concentration associated with the lowest probability of infant cerebral palsy was 4.1mg/dL, while the simulated total administered magnesium dose associated with the lowest probability of delivering an infant with cerebral palsy was 64g.

Anticoagulation During Pregnancy Linked to Distinct Maternal, Fetal Risks

June 02, 2017

VKA, LMWH tied to lowest risk of adverse maternal, fetal outcomes, respectively

These Antibiotics Were Found to Increase Miscarriage Risk

By May 01, 2017

In general, an increased risk of spontaneous abortion was seen with the use of macrolides (except erythromycin), quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides, and metronidazole during early pregnancy.

Artificial 'Womb' Could Potentially Up Survival of Extremely Premature Infants

By April 26, 2017

Five lamb fetuses of 105 to 108 days of gestation were run for 25-28 days, and three fetuses of 115 to 120 days of gestation were run for 20-28 days.

USPSTF Issues Statement on Preeclampsia Screening

April 26, 2017

Grade B recommendation suggests substantial net benefit for screening for pre-eclampsia

Does Prenatal Antidepressant Exposure Up Risk of ADHD, Autism?

By April 18, 2017

Autism spectrum disorder was diagnosed by age 15 in 5.28% of exposed vs. 2.14% of unexposed babies; 12.63% of exposed vs. 5.46% of unexposed babies were diagnosed with ADHD by age 15.

Is Maternal Health During Pregnancy Tied to Offspring MS Risk?

March 31, 2017

The researchers found that maternal illness during pregnancy correlated with 2.3-fold increased odds of having mulitple sclerosis.

Preemie Mortality, Morbidity Determined After Corticosteroid Exposure

March 31, 2017

The researchers found that infants exposed to antenatal corticosteroids (81,832 participants) had a significantly lower rate of death before discharge at each gestation 29 weeks or less.