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Miranda Hester
Ms. Hester is Content Specialist with Contemporary OB/GYN and Contemporary Pediatrics.
Many low-income women with false labor want to remain in hospital
In the first study looking at latent labor experiences among disadvantaged populations of women, researchers at Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing and Parkland Health & Hospital System found that 41% of low-income women discharged from the hospital due to a diagnosis of false or early labor did not want to be sent home.
Labor in water may be safe, but not water delivery, according to ACOG
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued a joint statement on water births, the first for the increasingly popular practice.
Most women unfamiliar with stroke warning signs
Although stroke is the number-3 cause of death in women, a recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism 2014 Scientific Sessions indicates that many US women are unfamiliar with the warning signs of a stroke.
High level of vitamin D not associated with lower risk of gestational hypertension
According to a new study in the Annals of Epidemiology, high levels of vitamin D do not prevent hypertension in pregnancy. The report adds to the literature on vitamin intake and preeclampsia while contradicting some previous reports that have suggested a link between low maternal levels of the vitamin and the disorder.
Poor response to IVF linked to higher miscarriage risk
According to a recent study in Human Reproduction, women who produce a low number of oocytes during in vitro fertilization (IVF) seem to have an increased risk of miscarriage.
Pelvic organ prolapse surgeries have similar outcomes
According to a recent study in JAMA, neither the sacrospinous ligament fixation (SSLF) nor the uterosacral ligament vaginal vault suspension (ULS) procedure is superior to the other in the treatment of vaginal prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
Gestational diabetes linked to early atherosclerosis
Women who develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) may be at greater risk for developing early atherosclerosis during midlife, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Excessive maternal weight gain key to LGA infants
Expectant mothers with excessive gestational weight gain have a higher risk of delivering a large-for-gestational age (LGA) infant than those whose weight gain falls within standard guidelines, according to a recent study in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Out-of-hospital births at highest point since 1975
According to a recent report from the NCHS Data Brief, out-of-hospital births, while still rare, are on the rise and at their highest level since 1975. If the number of out-of-hospital births continues to increase, changes to resource allocation, clinician training, and healthcare costs are expected.
A link between ADHD and acetaminophen?
A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics is raising concern about a potential association between use of acetaminophen in pregnancy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring. But the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) is urging caution in interpretation and application of the findings, noting that the results relate to long-term use of acetaminophen, which is not typical in pregnancy, and association does not necessarily equal causation.

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