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UCSF, Stanford autism study shows surprises Erin Allday, Chronicle Staff Writer San Francisco Chronicle July 4, 2011 04:46 PM  Tuesday, July 5, 2011 San Francisco — Environmental factors play a more important role in causing autism than previously assumed and, surprisingly, an even larger role than genetics, according to a new study out of UCSF […]

PubMed abstract Synopsis & the study’s take-home message: This peer-reviewed study by the Australian College of Midwives describes a plan by hospitals to create a formal documentation process for informed consent/decline conversations when childbearing families refused standard intrapartum protocols or interventions believed necessary by the staff. Take-home message #1: The study found the new and more robust method […]

Eating during labor — interesting but not very useful info, since its conclusions will not lead to policy changes

by faithgibson February 14, 2017

Health News | Thu Feb 9, 2017 | 5:59pm EST Eating during labor may be safe – even beneficial – for womenBy Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) – Women may be able to eat more than just ice chips during labor without risking complications, according to a new review of previous research. In fact, women […]

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Henry Ford Hospital trains its doctors to provide empathy along w/ medical therapies – report UpWorthy

by faithgibson January 6, 2017

 Repost from UpWorthy January 6, 2017   By James Gaine Bio of  Dr. Rana Awdish: “I effectively bled to death in my own hospital” ~ Highlight ~ Henry Ford Hospital has embraced culture of empathy. She is now part of the hospital system’s new Department of Physician Communication and Peer Support. Among other things, medical staff at […]

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Midwifery Cost Study (Alberta, Canada) lowered maternity care expense by 1/3 and documented a 4-fold reduction for medical interventions & Cesarean surgery

by faithgibson December 15, 2016

Double-click the graphic to enlarge & read. Click here to download a PDF of it In the Canadian province of Alberta: The single most frequent reason for hospitalization is childbirth.  Cesarean is the most frequent type of surgery. Alberta’s repeat C-section rate is 81% (equals a VBAC rate of 19%).   In Alberta, the average cost of maternity care as […]

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