Joanne battles stage 4 kidney cancer
Four years ago, Joanne Romero, who lives in Texas, was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer when she was 26 weeks pregnant. Despite her challenges, Joanne remains positive and hopes her story serves as an inspiration to others.   My journey began on Feb. 16, 2015. I was currently 26 weeks pregnant. I was experiencing a cough that continued to get worse. That day, I was scheduled to have a lung procedure to see what was causing the cough. My high-risk OB ordered an ultrasound the night before. She wanted to make sure my baby was doing well enough for the procedure. During the ultrasound, the ultrasound tech a...
Source: Kidney Cancer Association - March 18, 2019 Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: news

African mothers 50 times more likely to die after c-section than moms in rich countries, study says
The maternal mortality rate in African countries was "substantially higher than expected": 5.43 deaths per 1,000 operations, compared with 0.1 deaths per 1,000 operations in the UK. Similarly, 1 in 6 African women experienced complications during cesarean surgery, three times the rate of women in the United States. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

If You Want To Avoid A C-Section Choose Your Hospital Wisely
We have an epidemic of C-sections in the US, now accounting for almost 1 in 3 births. That represents a 50% increase since the mid-90s, despite all the advances we ’ve seen in obstetrical care. Why do these unnecessary C-sections happen and how can you avoid them? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 6, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Reducing Maternal Mortality
A new law to help states investigate deaths from childbirth complications is a start, but experts say what is really needed is reducing C-section rates. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: EMILY KUMLER KAPLAN Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Women and Girls Deaths (Fatalities) Caesarean Section Maternal Mortality Source Type: news

Kenya: NHIF Foots Sh1.5 Billion Bill as C-Section Births Hit Record High
[Nairobi News] The National Hospital Insurance Fund payouts for Caesarean section operations have crossed the Sh1 billion mark in a year, highlighting the cost burden of the procedure to insurers. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - March 1, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Infant sleep duration associated with mother's level of education and prenatal depression
(University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine& Dentistry) A new study analyzing data from Canadian parents has found that babies sleep less at three months of age if their mothers do not have a university degree, experienced depression during pregnancy or had an emergency cesarean-section delivery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

World's smallest surviving baby boy EVER weighing just 0.59lbs is finally home
The newborn - who has not been named - arrived via emergency C-section at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo last August after doctors noticed he was not growing during a 24 week scan. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pain After C-Section: Are Opioids Really Necessary?
(MedPage Today) -- Pain score postpartum lower in those receiving non-opioid analgesics versus opioid analgesia (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 16, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Is my C-section scar OK?
People who give birth by cesarean delivery, or C-section, may have an infection during the healing process. Signs of infection include fatigue and chills. Prevention involves washing the wound with soap and water and keeping it covered for as long as a doctor advises. Learn more about C-section wound infections here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Baby born at just 25 weeks 545 days ago is set to go home for the FIRST TIME
Mikey Barone, now 17-months, of Buffalo, NY, will finally experience the outside world after he was born on July 5 2017. He was delivered via C-section when his mother developed hypertension. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changes in Height Linked to Increased C-section Rates
Countries with populations whose average adult height grew late last century are more likely to have high rates of babies delivered surgically. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 6, 2019 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Baby born at just 25 weeks 545 days ago is set to go home for the FIRST TIME
Mikey Barone, now 17-months, of Buffalo, NY, will finally experience the outside world after he was born on July 5 2017. He was delivered via C-section when his mother developed hypertension. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

British mother is desperately trying to raise £15,000 to fly her 2lb 1oz baby home
Jessica Jones, 36, was working as a teacher in Vietnam when her waters broke. Baby Aurelia was given a five per cent chance of survival if born via C-section or 2-to-3 per cent if delivered naturally. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Huge Disparities in C-Sections Highlights Inequalities in Healthcare
[The Conversation Africa] When pregnancy or childbirth go wrong, access to Caesarean section - usually known as C-section - can be the difference between life and death for both the woman and her baby. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Are Potential Complications of Large for Gestational Birthweight?
Discussion Infant size at birth is determined mainly by genetics, but also pregnancy and environmental factors. Large for gestational age (LGA) is defined as a mean weight> 2 standard deviations above the weight for gestational age or above the 90th percentile on growth charts (or ~4000 g on WHO growth charts). Macrosomia is a term used for a term infant who is> 4000g. Risk factors for LGA infants includes: Male infant Maternal Genetic disposition Hispanic ethnicity Diabetic Multiparity or grand parity Obesity History of previous LGA infant Prenatal ultrasound is very helpful for antenatal management. First tri...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 14, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

New mother was forced to 'catch her intestines' after her C-section scar popped open
Mel Bremner, from Aberdeenshire, hobbled to the sofa with the help of partner Aidan Johnson, 40, who covered her with a towel while they waited for paramedics. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sleep Apnea Tied to Intubation Risk: Anesthesiology News Report
(MedPage Today) -- Also, managing pain after a C-section (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - January 10, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: A Changing Birth - What's Behind SA's Skyrocketing C-Section Rates?
[Bhekisisa] Almost one in four babies born at public hospitals come into the world via c-section but is it costing some women their lives? (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - January 9, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Postpartum Opioid Rx May Lead to Persistent Use: Study
FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 -- New mothers who take opioid painkillers after either vaginal birth or cesarean section may be at increased risk of becoming persistent users, a new study finds. Researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville examined... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 4, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Thousands of Women Are Born Without a Uterus. A New Procedure Offers Them Hope
On an afternoon in November, a couple hosted a birthday party for their 1-year-old son. As family and friends gathered around the child to sing “Happy Birthday,” his parents addressed a milestone that reached well beyond the room. “It was emotional,” recalls the mother. “It took a lot more than a nine-month pregnancy to get him, and we wouldn’t be where we are without everyone’s support.” Many parents will tell you their child is miraculous. But the mere existence of this particular boy, who just a month earlier had taken his first steps, brings the miracle somehow closer to ...
Source: TIME: Health - January 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized fertility Research Source Type: news

Thousands of Women Are Born Without a Uterus. A New Procedure Offers Them Hope
On an afternoon in November, a couple hosted a birthday party for their 1-year-old son. As family and friends gathered around the child to sing “Happy Birthday,” his parents addressed a milestone that reached well beyond the room. “It was emotional,” recalls the mother. “It took a lot more than a nine-month pregnancy to get him, and we wouldn’t be where we are without everyone’s support.” Many parents will tell you their child is miraculous. But the mere existence of this particular boy, who just a month earlier had taken his first steps, brings the miracle somehow closer to ...
Source: TIME: Science - January 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized fertility Research Source Type: news

Antibiotic prophylaxis cost saving in elective cesarean section
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Risk of Pelvic Floor Disorders Varied by Child Delivery Mode
(MedPage Today) -- Less likelihood of stress urinary incontinence with C-section, researchers say (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - December 19, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Pelvic Floor Disorder Risk Highest With Assisted Vaginal Delivery Pelvic Floor Disorder Risk Highest With Assisted Vaginal Delivery
The study, which followed women for two decades after childbirth, shows the lowest risk for pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary and anal incontinence, with C-section. Genital hiatus size also played a role.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - December 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Early postpartum opioids linked with persistent usage
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Vanderbilt researchers have published findings indicating that regardless of whether a woman delivers a child by cesarean section or by vaginal birth, if they fill prescriptions for opioid pain medications early in the postpartum period, they are at increased risk of developing persistent opioid use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Endometriosis after a cesarean delivery: What to know
Having a C-section can increase the risk of receiving an endometriosis diagnosis. Learn more about the connection between cesarean deliveries and endometriosis in this article. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Endometriosis Source Type: news

Naval Hospital Jacksonville sued for allegedly leaving needle in woman's spine for years
A De Soto, Illinois, woman filed a lawsuit against Naval Hospital Jacksonville today for allegedly leaving a broken needle in her back during a C-section 15 years ago and then covering up the mistake. The lawsuit was filed by Jacksonville-based Cronin& Maxwell Tuesday with the Middle District of Florida on behalf of Amy Bright, 42, and her husband, Charles Bright, a Navy veteran. During the surgical procedure in 2003, three centimeters of a needle broke off into a vertebrae in Amy Bright's lower… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Allison Colburn Source Type: news

Robots controlled by healthcare assistants will soon be delivering babies by C-section
The Commission on the Future of Surgery, led by the UK's Royal College of Surgeons, said new robots and DNA medicine will bring a 'watershed moment' for healthcare within the next 20 years. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

World's First Baby Born From Deceased Donor's Transplanted Uterus
TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 -- The world's first baby born to a woman who had a uterus transplant from a deceased donor shows that such transplants can be successful, Brazilian doctors say. The 6-pound baby girl was delivered by C-section to an... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Higher Staffing Linked to Lower C-Section Rates
MONDAY, Dec. 3, 2018 -- Higher staffing levels in maternity units reduce the rate of cesarean deliveries, according to a study published online Nov. 28 in PLOS ONE. Saad Zbiri, from Versailles Saint Quentin University in France, and colleagues... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Staffing More Doctors and Midwives Tied to Lower C-Section Rates Staffing More Doctors and Midwives Tied to Lower C-Section Rates
Pregnant women may be less likely to have cesarean deliveries when they labor at a hospital with more obstetricians and midwives on staff, a French study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Staffing more doctors and midwives tied to lower C-section rates
(Reuters Health) - - Pregnant women may be less likely to have cesarean deliveries when they labor at a hospital with more obstetricians and midwives on staff, a French study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Elective Cesarean Doubles Risk of Overweight Infant Elective Cesarean Doubles Risk of Overweight Infant
Infants delivered by elective cesarean section were twice as likely to be at risk of or be overweight compared with those delivered vaginally. There was no such risk for those born by emergency cesarean section.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - November 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Vaginal Seeding: What Is It, And Should You Do It?
The practice of vaginal seeding after Cesarean section delivery has been performed in efforts to boost the infant microbiome. However, there is no strong evidence that it works, and it carries risks. Doctors currently do not recommend it, but studies may show more benefits in the future. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Source Type: news

Sucking Your Baby ’ s Pacifier Might Protect Them From Allergies, Study Says
(CNN) — Your baby’s pacifier falls on the floor. Before giving it back to your child, do you wash it in a sink or, perhaps reluctantly, clean it with your own saliva? Don’t feel too guilty if you chose the latter, because a new study suggests that a mother’s spit — and the bacteria in it — may help prevent allergies in young children. The research found lower levels of a troublesome, allergy-causing protein in babies whose mothers reported sucking on their infants’ pacifiers, adding to a growing body of evidence that early exposure to microbes may prevent allergies in children. &ld...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Allergies Local TV Parenting Source Type: news

Mother's three-week-old baby 'died' in her arms
Ramaya Wilkinson, from Doncaster, was born at just 28 weeks via an emergency C-section after she stopped moving in her 30-year-old mother Emma Burns' womb. She had several holes in her heart. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda:Government Questions High Rate of C-Section Births
[Monitor] Kampala -The Health ministry has raised questions on whether the marked increase in delivery of babies by caesarean at private-for-profit and private-not-for-profit hospitals is commercially-motivated or out of medical necessity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 1, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda: Government Questions High Rate of C-Section Births
[Monitor] Kampala -The Health ministry has raised questions on whether the marked increase in delivery of babies by caesarean at private-for-profit and private-not-for-profit hospitals is commercially-motivated or out of medical necessity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 1, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

A few interventions may work to reduce C-sections
(Reuters Health) - Unnecessary cesarean-section deliveries (C-sections) might decline if a variety of interventions targeting patients, healthcare professionals and hospitals were implemented, suggests an updated review of existing research. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Mother-of-four, 27, dies of a heart attack after emergency C-section
Charlene Flores of Fresno, California, planned to give birth to her fifth daughter with husband Elesandro naturally, due to her history of heart issues which could be aggravated by a Caesarean. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Doctors Leave Cotton in Woman's Belly After C-Section
[Nairobi News] Traces of cotton, which had been left in her abdomen, have made her life miserable, and in devastated state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Home births found to produce very positive health outcomes even for some "high risk" pregnancies, study finds
(Natural News) American women considering a home birth would do well to read this: commonly-thought pregnancy risk factors (such as being over 35 years old, being overweight, and having a vaginal birth after a cesarean section) tend to have good outcomes when they give birth at home or in a birth center. This landmark study,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Novant Health, like Atrium, plans new hospital south of Charlotte
Winston-Salem-based Novant Health is prepping to open a 161,000-square-foot hospital in Ballantyne in 2023. Novant expects to invest $154 million in the project, dubbed Ballantyne Medical Center. The proposed hospital would be on a 19-acre site at the intersection of Johnston Road/U.S. Highway 521 and Marvin Road. It would house 36 beds, two general operating rooms, another operating room for C-section s, an emergency department and a helipad. Novant filed a certificate-of-need application earlier… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - October 18, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

Novant Health, like Atrium, makes plans for new hospital south of Charlotte
Winston-Salem-based Novant Health is prepping to open a 161,000-square-foot hospital in Ballantyne in 2023. Novant expects to invest $154 million in the project, dubbed Ballantyne Medical Center. The proposed hospital would be on a 19-acre site at the intersection of Johnston Road/U.S. Highway 521 and Marvin Road. It would house 36 beds, two general operating rooms, another operating room for C-section s, an emergency department and a helipad. Novant filed a certificate-of-need application earlier… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caroline Hudson Source Type: news

Nerve Plane Block May Improve Mastectomy Pain
(MedPage Today) -- Also: obese children and post-surgery pain; patient-controlled epidurals after C-section (Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology)
Source: MedPage Today Hematology/Oncology - October 16, 2018 Category: Hematology Source Type: news

U.S. costliest place to give birth – and one of the most deadly
Having a baby in the U.S. costs more than in any other country, and many patients are unaware of the complete cost of delivery and care until weeks afterward, Axios reports. The average price of a vaginal delivery in the U.S. is $32,093 before insurance; that amount is about $10,808 after insurance negotiations. For a Cesarean section, it’s an average cost of $51,125, prior to insurance contribution.  And, according to a USA Today investigation, childbirth carries an even greater cost: The U.S.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Caitlin Mullen Source Type: news

Push-Button Pain Meds Curb Need for Opioids After C-Section: Study
MONDAY, Oct. 15, 2018 -- Letting women who've had a cesarean section dispense and control pain medication through a catheter reduces their use of addictive oral opioid painkillers, researchers report. Their study included 576 women who had planned... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 15, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Which Countries Conduct The Most Caesarean Sections? [Infographic]
A recent study found that in at least five countries, over half of all births are delivered by C-section. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Niall McCarthy, Contributor Source Type: news

C-section rates have skyrocketed worldwide
The number of women delivering babies via cesarean section ​ has nearly doubled since 2000, a new study shows (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news