Consensus statement (ACOG-SMFM) on “normal” progress in 1st stage labor

May 1, 2016

The month of May is devoted normative information from a 2014 “Obstetric Care Consensus” project by ACOG & Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). Today’s topic is the length of 1st stage labor (from an obstetrical perspective). Prior to today topic is the basic information & abstract from “Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery” PDF Format Number […]

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Dealing successfully w/ very early labor, esp when it starts @ nite

April 26, 2016

Wise Woman Way of Birth Original title: Insider’s Tip on How to Have a Great VBAC Posted on October 9, 2009 The following is a post I sent to the ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) list. It is very, very important information for ALL birthing women and can make all the difference in a VBAC birth. […]

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Early Screening of Newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Defects ~ Use of Pulse Oximeter for

June 7, 2015 Facts about Critical Congenital Heart Defects as published by US Centers for Disease Control  About 1 in every 4 babies born with a heart defect has a critical congenital heart defect (critical CHD, also known as critical congenital heart disease). {1} Babies with a critical CHD need surgery or other procedures in the first year […]

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Cochrane Review – Labor Partograms – no improvement, no difference, no evidence for routine use

May 25, 2015

Cochrane Collaboration ~ Intervention Review Effect of partogram use on outcomes for women in spontaneous labour at term Tina Lavender1,*, Anna Hart [2], Rebecca MD Smyth [1] Editorial Group: Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group Published Online: 10 JUL 2013 Assessed as up-to-date: 17 JUN 2013 DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005461.pub4 Copyright © 2013 The Cochrane Collaboration. Published by John Wiley […]

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Cochrane report on use of Oral Vitamin K vs. Injectable — apparently same if all 3 does of oral are given

March 13, 2015

Note: Here is a link to extensive article on Evidence-Based Medicine on why its so important to be sure every baby received Vit K. However, it does not deal with the issue of the oral route vs. injectable. However, that is another issue — late-onset of HDN, which occurs after 12 wks. According to current […]

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