Adorable Baby Gorilla Delivered By Rare C-Section
A newborn gorilla is doing well after she was delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section at an English zoo. A team of vets and doctors at the Bristol Zoo performed the operation after the baby's mother, Kera, showed "symptoms of potentially life-threatening pre-eclampsia," according to a statement on the zoo's website. Kera is now recovering and under close observation. The yet-to-be-named baby Western lowland gorilla arrived on Feb. 12, weighing approximately 2 pounds and 10 ounces. Her birth marks "one of only a handful" of times a gorilla has been born by C-section, the zoo st...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Two perfect reasons to pay it forward
In 2008, Katie and Paul Litterer were living in New York City and expecting identical twins. When Katie was 26 weeks pregnant, they bought a house near Boston to be closer to family. The following week, Katie went into early labor, resulting in an emergency C-section and the premature birth of their daughters. Their new house would remain empty for months. Sophie arrived first at a tiny 1 pound, 15 ounces and let out a cry. Maddie followed her sister at an even tinier 1 pound, 10 ounces. “I didn’t hear anything,” Katie remembers. “They just ran out of the room with her.” Slowly ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 23, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Family Advisory Council NICU Source Type: news

A suicidal pregnant patient's request for premature Cesarean section: clinical and ethical challenges - Teng JY, Yin Ing Chee C, Chong YS, Lee LY, Yong EL, Chi C, Broekman B.
We present the case of a 36-year-old lady with severe borderline personality disorder and depression, who made repeated requests for an immediate Cesarean section at 31 weeks of gestation. Her mood was extremely depressed and she had intense suicidal thoug... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 19, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

C-section delivery increases risk of autism symptoms in children by 23%
(NaturalNews) Children delivered by Caesarean section are 23 percent more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) than babies born vaginally, according to a meta-analysis conducted by researchers from University College Cork, Ireland, and published in the Journal of Child... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

C-section babies need to be rubbed with mother's germs ... Post-birth 'probiotics' crucial for activating child's immune response
(NaturalNews) According to a recent study by New York University, babies born by C-section should be swabbed with their mother's germs; doctors think this procedure can replace "missing" bacteria that babies are normally exposed to during vaginal birth.Sharing bacteria during... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother left in 'excruciating pain' during C-section is awarded £27,000
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust paid the sum after admitting the unidentified woman was not given enough anaesthetic by surgeons at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restoring microbes in infants born by cesarean section
In a pilot study, researchers enriched the microbes of babies delivered by C-section to levels more typical of babies born vaginally. The health impacts remain to be studied. (Source: NIH Research Matters)
Source: NIH Research Matters - February 8, 2016 Category: Research Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include a Zika virus update, choice of topical agents before C-section, surgery resident hours, and rivaroxaban trial questions (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - February 6, 2016 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Additional Antibiotic May Cut Risk of Post C-Section Infection (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Azithromycin reduced endometritis, wound infection following C-section (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - February 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Chlorhexidine Superior for Post C-Section Infection Prevention (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Fewer surgical site infections versus iodine alcohol for preop care (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - February 5, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Why doctors are swiping C-section babies with their mom's microbiome
Are babies that are born by caesarean section at a disadvantage when it comes to future health risks? And can doctors do anything about it? A new study in Nature Medicine aims to answer those two questions. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this story said the study was published... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - February 3, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Deborah Netburn Source Type: news

Well: Using a Mother’s Microbes to Protect Cesarean Babies
A new study shows that a mother’s beneficial microbes can be transferred, at least partially, from her vagina to her baby after a C-section. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 2, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: SANDRA BLAKESLEE Tags: Family Microbiology Pregnancy and Childbirth Vagina Love Bacteria Parenting Featured Immune System Source Type: news

Well: Using a Mother’s Microbes to Protect Cesarean Babies
A new study shows that a mother’s beneficial microbes can be transferred, at least partially, from her vagina to her baby after a C-section. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SANDRA BLAKESLEE Tags: Family Microbiology Pregnancy and Childbirth Vagina Love Bacteria Parenting Featured Immune System Source Type: news

Well: Using a Mother’s Microbes to Protect Cesarean Babies
A new study shows that a mother’s beneficial microbes can be transferred, at least partially, from her vagina to her baby after a C-section. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 2, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: SANDRA BLAKESLEE Tags: Family Microbiology Pregnancy and Childbirth Vagina Love Bacteria Parenting Featured Immune System Source Type: news

New Technique Could Give C-Section Babies The Benefits Of Vaginal Birth
In a new procedure, doctors wiped down the skin of newborns delivered by cesarean section with a gauze carrying their mothers' vaginal fluid. The doctors found that this was a successful way to transfer beneficial microbes from pregnant women to their infants, a new pilot study suggests. This small study showed that this swabbing procedure, known as vaginal microbial transfer, can safely and effectively change the microbial communities of babies delivered by C-section to make them more closely resemble those of vaginally born babies, said José Clemente, an assistant professor of genetics at the Icahn School of Medic...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Vaginal swab could restore beneficial bacteria for C-section infants
Swabbing newborn infants with their mother's vaginal birth fluid could restore beneficial bacteria that is lost through C-section delivery, new research suggests. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

New York University study tries to give C-section babies mom's germs they missed
Sharing bacteria in the operating room normally is a no-no but researchers are giving babies born by C-section a dose of presumably protective germs from mom's birth canal. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: Bacteria From Mother May Colonize Cesarean Births
A new study shows that a mother’s beneficial microbes can be transferred, at least partially, from her vagina to her baby after a C-section. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - February 1, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: SANDRA BLAKESLEE Tags: Family Microbiology Pregnancy and Childbirth Vagina Love Bacteria Parenting Featured Immune System Source Type: news

Well: Bacteria From Mother May Colonize Cesarean Births
A new study shows that a mother’s beneficial microbes can be transferred, at least partially, from her vagina to her baby after a C-section. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SANDRA BLAKESLEE Tags: Family Microbiology Pregnancy and Childbirth Vagina Love Bacteria Parenting Featured Immune System Source Type: news

Can C-section babies still get good bacteria at birth?
(Reuters Health) - It might one day be possible to expose babies delivered by cesarean section to the colonies of good bacteria in the birth canal that help build the immune system and ward off disease, a small experiment suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Could C-Section Babies Benefit From This?
Small study suggests it's possible to partially restore good bacteria to cesarean infants (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Restoring C-Section Babies? Microbiota
A small pilot study suggests exposure to maternal vaginal fluids could restore infant microbiota following Cesarean-section delivery. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 1, 2016 Category: Science Tags: Daily News Source Type: news

Judge orders jury to find NHS hospital NOT GUILTY over Frances Cappuccini’s death
Primary school teacher Frances Cappuccini, 30, died of a heart attack after an operation to stop heavy blood loss after she gave birth by C-section at Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent, in 2012. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother given an emergency C-section AFTER giving birth naturally
Amber Hughes, 21, from Leicester, says terror filled the hospital room when she was cut open and baffled medics who were struggled to find her newborn for two agonising minutes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What parents need to know about pain in newborns
Just because newborn babies can’t tell you they feel pain doesn’t mean they don’t feel pain. They do. And parents can help. We tend to think that newborns are too little to really experience pain, and that if they do experience it, they soon forget it. However, research has shown that, indeed, babies do experience pain — and that repeated painful experiences in the newborn period can lead to both short- and long-term problems with development, emotions, and responses to stress. This is particularly a problem for babies who need many medical procedures after they are born, such as premature babies, b...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Claire McCarthy, MD Tags: Children's Health Family Planning and Pregnancy Parenting Source Type: news

Popular teacher known as Mrs Coffee 'breastfed her newborn son twice before she died after emergency operation following C-section at the hands of underqualified doctors' 
Frances Cappuccini, 30, pictured, was able to breastfeed her son, who was born by Caesarean section at Tunbridge Wells hospital in Kent, in the in the few precious moments she had with him. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Where is best for birth: Hospital or home?
By the second half of the 20th century, hospital birth had become the norm in most Western countries. Hospital birth offers monitoring and interventions, many of which saved the lives of mothers and babies. At the same time, births became increasingly — and some would say unnecessarily — medicalized. Many would also argue that the pendulum of intervention has swung too far. For example, from 1970 to 2010, the rate of U.S. cesarean delivery doubled — but (although both are low) the risk of a baby dying during the course of delivery remained unchanged, and the risk of a mother’s dying slightly rose. I...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 14, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jeffrey Ecker, MD Tags: Family Planning and Pregnancy Health care Women's Health home births Source Type: news

Well: When a Big Baby Isn’t So Big
Research showed that mothers who believed they were having large babies were nearly five times more likely to ask for a scheduled C-section. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 12, 2016 Category: Nutrition Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Family Caesarean section Pregnancy and Childbirth Weight Love Parenting Featured Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Well: When a Big Baby Isn’t So Big
Research showed that mothers who believed they were having large babies were nearly five times more likely to ask for a scheduled C-section. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Family Caesarean section Pregnancy and Childbirth Weight Love Parenting Featured Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Which Countries Have The Highest Caesarean Section Rates? [Infographic]
Around the globe, caesarean section rates have increased dramatically, something that has proven controversial as a large amount of them are not medically required. The growing c-section rate can be attributed to many factors, including more births among older women, multiple births through assisted reproduction, technological advances, as well as personal preference. They involve a degree of risk and can cause complications for subsequent deliveries. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 12, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Niall McCarthy Source Type: news

Well: When a Big Baby Isn’t So Big
Research showed that mothers who believed they were having large babies were nearly five times more likely to ask for a scheduled C-section. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - January 11, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Family Caesarean section Pregnancy and Childbirth Weight Love Parenting Featured Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Infant Delivery, Feeding Can Affect Gut Bacteria
Study shows vaginal birth and breast-feeding create different intestinal bacteria from C-section and formula (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Infant Delivery and Feeding Methods Can Affect Gut Composition
Study shows vaginal birth and breast-feeding create different intestinal bacteria from C-section and formula Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cesarean Section, Childbirth, Infant and Newborn Nutrition (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

C-section rates: Consider this when deciding where to have your baby
For many years, there has been criticism that the rates of cesarean births are too high because higher rates have not resulted in improvements in maternal or child health. Many expectant moms feel strongly about having a natural vaginal birth, and want to do all they can to avoid a cesarean section. But for some, a C-section may seem like a good option for a range of reasons. And for others, a cesarean may be essential to protect the health — or life — of mom and baby. In parts of the world where C-sections are not readily available, complications of vaginal birth often lead to serious consequences, including l...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hope Ricciotti, MD Tags: Family Planning and Pregnancy Health Women's Health c-section cesarean section Source Type: news

Pregnancy Problems Common With Spine Disease (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- C-section, preeclampsia, preterm birth frequent in women with ankylosing spondylitis (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - December 29, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Stephanie Arnold 'dies' for 37 seconds during C-section to deliver her baby
Stephanie Arnold, 43, from Chicago, suffered an amniotic fluid embolism during a C-section to deliver her son Jacob. Her heart stopped and she was clinically dead for 37 seconds before doctors revived her. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 22, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1 In 8 Babies Was Born In A Conflict Zone This Year: UN
(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Born into dangerWhat if simply bringing a child into the world puts him or her in danger?Posted by UNICEF on Thursday, December 17, 2015 One in eight babies was born into a conflict zone this year, putting them at heightened risk for fatal complications that would otherwise have been avoided under normal circumstances, UNICEF ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Planned or Emergency C-Section: Baby Health Risks?
(Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Well: C-Sections Are Best With a Little Labor, a Study Says
A study found more health problems among children born via planned cesarean births than among babies delivered by emergency C-section or vaginal birth. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 14, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI RABIN Tags: Family Caesarean section Pregnancy and Childbirth Surgery and Surgeons medicine and health Love Live Parenting Featured Source Type: news

Well: C-Sections Are Best With a Little Labor, a Study Says
A study found more health problems among children born via planned cesarean births than among babies delivered by emergency C-section or vaginal birth. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - December 14, 2015 Category: Nutrition Authors: RONI RABIN Tags: Family Caesarean section Pregnancy and Childbirth Surgery and Surgeons medicine and health Love Live Parenting Featured Source Type: news

Early gestational diabetes associated with higher preeclampsia, preterm delivery rates
Women diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy experience a higher incidence of preeclampsia, preterm delivery, cesarean section and neonatal jaundice than women diagnosed later in pregnancy, despite early testing and intensive treatment, according to research in Diabetes Care. Healio (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - December 14, 2015 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Woman drives hours to avoid cesarean
The U.S. is the only industrialized country with a rising maternal mortality rate. In Montana, a pregnant woman travels hours to avoid a cesarean section. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 11, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Managing bad cholesterol, high C-section birth rate in U.S., and obesity fight
A new CDC analysis finds many people are not taking the appropriate steps to keep their cholesterol levels under control (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

C-Section Targets: Too Low?
(MedPage Today) -- The standard view may need revision, a new study suggests (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - December 2, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Woman drives hours to avoid cesarean
The U.S. is the only industrialized country with a rising maternal mortality rate. In Montana, a pregnant woman travels hours to avoid a cesarean section. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

This Tied to Slight Increase in Kids' Asthma Risk
But second report finds countries with low C-section rates had higher death rates for infants, mothers (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Optimal global C-section rate may be as high as 19 percent to save lives of mothers, infants
New research examining the relationship between C-section rates and maternal and neonatal mortality in 194 countries concludes that as the country-level C-section rate increases up to 19 percent, maternal and neonatal mortality rates decline. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: WHO suggest new C-section recommendations
Rates of cesarean section vary widely between countries. The WHO suggest that 19% may be the optimal rate; the current US rate is over 30%. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news