Peering Into The Placenta, 'Least Understood' And Respected Of Human Organs
The placenta may be the least understood and respected of human organs (not to mention the only one we routinely discard) but a $46 million federal project aims to further understanding of the role the placenta plays in disease -- including pregnancy complications among obese women.
OB Talks About Home Birth, Midwives And Re-Engineering U.S. Maternity Care
Dr. Neel Shah: "In low-risk women, the number one reason to do a c-section on someone who’s started in labor is something we call failure to progress. It’s a very subjective call, and one way of interpreting that is, 'You’re taking too long.' I don’t think that even OBs are consciously doing that, but if you’re busting at the seams, you’ve got no labor rooms left, that’s often what these areas look like, there are pressures."
Differing Views On Antidepressants During Pregnancy
Research studies evaluating the risks and benefits of taking antidepressants during pregnancy are mixed. There are documented harms, like an elevated risk of pre-term birth. But there are also the documented harms of untreated depression. In other words, it’s a deeply personal health decision that requires judgement based on a body of data that offers no easy answers.
Expecting, But Not This: Prenatal Blood Tests Can Reveal Moms' Health Problems
Popular new prenatal blood tests may carry a surprising side effect: They may reveal health problems not in the baby but in the mother, from chromosome anomalies to cancer. A commentary in the journal Nature warns that mothers-to-be should be aware of this possibility, and never rush to action just on the basis of such tests.