Thursday, January 27, 2022

Weight Bias in Healthcare: We Can Do Better

Recent national attention combined with a strong body of evidence has recognized the deleterious impact of equating weight with health. For example, James Corden on the Late Late Show responded to a...

Reduced Access to Midwives During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic brought new pressure on the healthcare workforce, and midwives were no exception. Because maternity care is essential, midwives quickly reorganized their practices to reduce the risk of transmission. Midwives...

Disparities in Maternal Morality in the U.S.

700 women die annually in the United States due to conditions caused by or related to pregnancy.  For another 500,000 women, severe morbidities or ‘near misses’ complicate their pregnancies, deliveries, or first...

Helping Pregnant Women Navigate Microbiome Research

There is a growing body of research that focuses on the “critical window in early life” from conception through the first year, when maternal and infant exposures may alter the initial...

Six Key Points to Share about Immunization

A recent study of pregnant women from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found most women make decisions about vaccinating their infants before they even give birth. This means pregnant...

Improving Inequities in Prenatal Screening: Time to Modernize Guidelines

Professional guidelines can have a profound impact on reproductive health. In many cases, prenatal genetic screening is often only recommended for specific groups or individuals who have been historically recognized as high...

Urinary Incontinence and the Role of the Midwife

Before addressing the role of the midwife in urinary incontinence, a brief review of kinds, causes, and risk factors is introduced. The role of the midwife, references, and four appendices follow. There are several forms...

The Fourth Trimester Visit Increases Utilization

Toward the end of pregnancy, we see women weekly and guide them safely through the birth. And then, after all of the attention before birth, we do not schedule a postpartum visit until several...

Improve immunization rates in the families you care for: ACNM has resources and a...

The data on the safety and efficacy of vaccines continues to grow. Despite this, vaccine hesitancy is on the rise. Social media have provided an easy way for those opposed to vaccines...

Birthing in the Time of Corona

Tears accompany the layers between us...  how rude to our psyches this new birthing is. The masks, shields, filters... earnestly muting our fullest expressions. It’s a...