OB Interventions: Dubious or Detrimental

Word count 1600 Part 2 of Mayday series:  “Final Word” The Bigger Picture and a new vocabulary for the kind of maternity care that serves the needs of healthy childbearing women and their families I am making a functional distinction in vocabulary between a system of maternity care for healthy women with normal pregnancies and […]

Easy-to-share link ~ https://tinyurl.com/yxfx7d8u Word count 2800 Part 1 ~ Conclusion of the Mayday Series: This series began with questions about the contemporary practice of obstetrics in America.  The most central of all was simply: “Why has American obstetrics strayed so far from its noble foundations? There are many examples, but the specific issue addressed in […]

Episiotomies — more harmful unnecessary interventions by OBs, more hiding high rate of inappropriate interventions by hospitals

by faithgibson May 27, 2019

Re-posted from USA Today An episiotomy is a surgical cut to the vagina during childbirth. A USA TODAY analysis finds a startling number performed despite guidance from 2006. Episiotomies: painful, risky and not routinely recommended but dozens of hospitals are doing them anyway. Alison Young and John Kelly, USA TODAY Updated 12:00 p.m. PDT May […]

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MAYDAY Series: Ref #6 ~ New Engl Journal Med : Uncertain Value of Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Predicting Cerebral Palsy

by faithgibson May 26, 2019

HTTP://WWW.NEJM.ORG/DOI/FULL/10.1056/NEJM199603073341001#T=ARTICLE Uncertain Value of Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Predicting Cerebral Palsy Karin B. Nelson, M.D., James M. Dambrosia, Ph.D., Tricia Y. Ting, B.S., and Judith K. Grether, Ph.D. N Engl J Med 1996; 334:613-619 DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199603073341001 March 7, 1996 .  word count 3470 This study was designed as an investigation of the use of fetal […]

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MAYDAY Series: Ref #5 ~ Scientific Paper: Part 2 (of 2) Fetal Monitoring: Creating a Culture of Safety With Informed Choice”

by faithgibson May 26, 2019

Part 2 — (a) Efficacy; (b) Barriers to Laboring Woman’s Informed Consent EFFICACY OF EFM In 2004, 28,014 neonates died, reflecting 0.68% of all U.S. births that year (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2004). Chen et al. (2011) compared EFM to no EFM in labor using data from U.S. birth certificates from […]

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