Obstetrics & gynaecology

Warm showers and ball exercises may help women during childbirth

A new International Journal of Nursing Practice study demonstrates that during childbirth, women may benefit from warm showers, perineal exercises with a ball, or the combination of both strategies. The study found positive ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

WHO revises childbirth guidelines to curb caesarean delivery surge

The UN health agency said Thursday it has revised a benchmark used by health professionals worldwide in caring for women during childbirth because it has caused a surge in interventions like caesarean sections that could ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Childbirth deaths declining in U.S., new report finds

(HealthDay)—Improved management of excessive bleeding and high blood pressure during labor and delivery are helping to reduce the number of childbirth-related deaths in the United States, maternal health experts say.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Who's in control when you're giving birth?

Kimberly Turbin wasn't expecting childbirth to be a pleasant experience, but she wasn't expecting it to be a nightmare either.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Early guidance can help future moms fight fear of childbirth

Caesarean deliveries in most developed countries, including Canada, are at least 10 to 20 per cent higher than recommended by the World Health Organization, and many efforts to decrease unnecessary C-sections have failed. ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Why UK midwives stopped the campaign for 'normal birth'

There has been much interest in the fact that the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) is no longer running its Campaign for Normal Birth. After 12 years of focusing on "normal birth", the end of the campaign is not a kneejerk ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Mindfulness-focused childbirth education leads to less depression

Mindfulness may be good for new moms. A study this month from researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) shows mindfulness training that addresses fear and pain ...

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