Health

New study finds home birth safe

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study by McMaster University researchers has found low-risk women who have midwives in attendance during birth have positive outcomes regardless of where the delivery takes place.

Immunology

Home birth may start babies off with health-promoting microbes

For all of human history, babies have been born where their mothers lived—whether in a house, hut or cave. Only in the last century has birth moved out of the home and into the hospital. How has that changed the types of ...

Surgery

C-sections by trained health officers are a safe alternative

Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios in the world—for every 100,000 live births, 1360 women will die. In Norway, that number is just 5 women per 100,000 live births; in the US, it's 14, according ...

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Slowdown on cesareans

Make no mistake: Cesarean deliveries are major surgery. They can save lives, but even so a woman runs the risk of bleeding, infection, a longer and costlier hospital stay—and more cesareans with future pregnancies. But ...

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