Mom's Viral Post Slams People Who Think C-Sections Are 'The Easy Way Out'
A Missouri mom’s viral post is tearing down some ridiculous misconceptions about C-section births. On Aug. 19, Raye Lee, who gave birth to her son Roxas via C-section just five days earlier, posted photos of her post-surgery scar on Facebook. In the caption, she shared a powerful message about the way people tends to view this method of childbirth.  Lee begins the post with a comment that represents some common reactions to her birth experience: “Oh. A c-section? So you didn’t actually give birth. It must have been nice to take the easy way out like that.” The new mom then shared...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - August 23, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Mom's Viral Post Slams People Who Think C-Sections Are 'The Easy Way Out'
A Missouri mom’s viral post is tearing down some ridiculous misconceptions about C-section births. On Aug. 19, Raye Lee, who gave birth to her son Roxas via C-section just five days earlier, posted photos of her post-surgery scar on Facebook. In the caption, she shared a powerful message about the way people tends to view this method of childbirth.  Lee begins the post with a comment that represents some common reactions to her birth experience: “Oh. A c-section? So you didn’t actually give birth. It must have been nice to take the easy way out like that.” The new mom then shared...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Next, Best Hospitals for Childbirth
We asked 24 high-volume hospitals to release their C-section rates. Nineteen complied. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - August 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ben Harder Source Type: news

Nearly 6,000 New Cases Of Female Genital Mutilation Recorded In Britain: Report
Recently released data collected from medical professionals in Britain reported 5,702 “newly recorded” cases of female genital mutilation. But experts say those figures likely don’t represent a complete picture. A law passed last year requires professionals in England and Wales to report cases of FGM, which helped pave the way for the first-ever survey of medical professionals on the topic. The Health & Social Care Centre collected information between April 2015 and March of this year from hospital providers, mental health providers and general practices, but warned that the figures should be interpre...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Printing your skull: How 3D printing helps surgeons plan complex encephalocele brain surgeries
At five months’ gestation, Bentley Yoder was given little chance to live. A routine 20-week “gender reveal” ultrasound showed that a large portion of his brain was growing outside of his skull, a malformation known as an encephalocele. But he was moving and kicking and had a strong heartbeat, so his parents, Sierra and Dustin, carried on with the pregnancy. Born through a normal vaginal delivery (the doctors felt that a C-section would interfere with Sierra’s grieving process), Bentley surprised everyone by thriving and meeting most of his baby milestones. But the large protuberance on his head was...
Source: Mass Device - July 21, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: MassDevice Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news

Tanzania: What Women Ask After C-Section
[Citizen] Although it has become a rising trend worldwide, a C-section is usually performed when normal delivery will put the mother's life or the baby at risk. There aren't general answers to questions about having a C-section. Each individual has a unique case. I advise you to talk to your doctor. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Jack’s journey managing Robin sequence
Jennifer and 8-week-old Jack Jennifer Ryan is a disability expert. She started her career doing home visits with drug-addicted and abused babies, then ran a center and started a program for kids with autism and now works in a collaborative elementary school. But nothing prepared this new mom for the challenges she would face with her own child. “It’s completely different when it’s your own,” she says now, after her son Jack was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center for a group of birth defects known as Pierre Robin sequence or just Robin sequence. For...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 19, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Research and Innovation Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft palate Dr. Carolyn Rogers Dr. Cory Resnick Pierre Robin sequence Source Type: news

Jack ’s journey managing Robin sequence
Jennifer and 8-week-old Jack Jennifer Ryan is a disability expert. She started her career doing home visits with drug-addicted and abused babies, then ran a center and started a program for kids with autism and now works in a collaborative elementary school. But nothing prepared this new mom for the challenges she would face with her own child. “It’s completely different when it’s your own,” she says now, after her son Jack was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center for a group of birth defects known as Pierre Robin sequence or just Robin sequence. For...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 19, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Research and Innovation Cleft and Craniofacial Center cleft palate Dr. Carolyn Rogers Dr. Cory Resnick Pierre Robin sequence Source Type: news

Sydney mother films her entire C-section on her iPhone then uploads it to Facebook
Jacqueline, a mother from Sydney, has shared the touching behind-the-scenes footage from her C-section. She filmed each delicate moment of her baby girl's birth and shared it on Facebook. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rwanda: Mother Gives Birth to Four Babies At Muhima Hospital
[Focus] A 32 year-old mother, Alphonsine Mujawayezu from Kamonyi district yesterday delivered four healthy babies. She gave birth with the help of experienced doctors through cesarean section at Muhima hospital. Mujawayezu is a proud mother of one boy and three girls. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 12, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Map reveals the most expensive cities in the US to have your baby
A new analysis by Castlight Health reveals Sacremento is the most expensive city to give birth via both vaginal delivery and cesarean section, closely followed by San Francisco. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 1, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changed gut bug mix linked to C-section, antibiotics and formula lasts through baby's first year
Birth by C-section, exposure to antibiotics and formula feeding slow the development and decrease the diversity of a baby's microbes through the first year of life, new research indicates. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 16, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Impact of antibiotic treatment on infant gut microbiome revealed
A comprehensive analysis of changes in the intestinal microbial population during the first three years of life has revealed some of the impacts of factors such as mode of birth -- vaginal versus cesarean section -- and antibiotic exposure, including the effects of multiple antibiotic treatments. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - June 15, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Antibiotics, Formula Feeding Might Change Baby's 'Microbiome'
C-section birth may also diminish diversity of these colonies of helpful microbes, study shows Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Antibiotics, Childbirth, Infant and Newborn Care (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Changed gut bug mix linked to C-section, antibiotics and formula lasts through baby's first year
(NYU Langone Medical Center / New York University School of Medicine) Birth by C-section, exposure to antibiotics and formula feeding slow the development and decrease the diversity of a baby's microbes through the first year of life. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Welsh teen died while pregnant had unborn baby sewn back INSIDE her before she was buried
Scarlett Holyoake was six months pregnant when she collapsed at home in South Wales. Doctors immediately delivering the baby, named Rocco, by C-section but were unable to save him or his mother. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Viral Preemie Breastfeeding Photo Offers Hope After Heartbreak
On April 22, Keri Barcellos-Putt gave birth to her daughter Dahlia at only 28 weeks. Her baby was moved to the NICU, where she will remain for at least another month, so the postpartum period has been difficult. But the mom found unexpected hope through a special aspect of motherhood: breastfeeding. Two weeks ago, Keri sent a powerful photo of herself nursing her preemie for the very first time to the Facebook page, Breastfeeding Mama Talk. Founder Kristy Kemp posted the photo on the page, where it is resonating with thousands of parents across the social media sphere -- with over 37,000 likes and nearly 2000 co...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 2, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

U.S. Birth Rate Down, But Preemie Rate Increases
(MedPage Today) -- C-section rate also declines (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - June 2, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Cesarean Section by Maternal Age GroupCesarean Section by Maternal Age Group
Does advanced maternal age significantly increase the risk for cesarean section, and is intrapartum cesarean section a higher risk in an older age group of women? BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health Journal Article Source Type: news

Kenya: Normal Child Delivery 'Safe After C-Section', Says Report
[Nation] Women who have previously given birth through Caesarean section can now consider normal delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - May 31, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Torquay woman wakes up 6 days after C-section to find both her legs amputated
Ella Clarke, 32, from Torquay, Devon, has gone from being an active mother to being instantly wheelchair-bound after losing her legs following a near-fatal condition caused by her placenta. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emotional Birth Photos Show The Power Of Surrogacy After Tragedy
After years of fertility struggles, loss and pain, a Canadian family found renewed hope through surrogacy. On Jan. 22, Kate Austin-Rivas and Didier Rivas welcomed their daughter Scarlett Ryan via surrogate. Birth photographer Ashley Marston was present to capture this powerful moment of joy -- which came after many years of darkness. For Kate and Didier, the journey to parenthood has been filled with tragedy. After suffering multiple miscarriages, the couple welcomed their daughter Elle in 2010. Two years later, Kate delivered a stillborn baby girl, whom they named Katelyn. After another miscarriage, t...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 27, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emotional Birth Photos Show The Power Of Surrogacy After Tragedy
After years of fertility struggles, loss and pain, a Canadian family found renewed hope through surrogacy. On Jan. 22, Kate Austin-Rivas and Didier Rivas welcomed their daughter Scarlett Ryan via surrogate. Birth photographer Ashley Marston was present to capture this powerful moment of joy -- which came after many years of darkness. For Kate and Didier, the journey to parenthood has been filled with tragedy. After suffering multiple miscarriages, the couple welcomed their daughter Elle in 2010. Two years later, Kate delivered a stillborn baby girl, whom they named Katelyn. After another miscarriage, t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 27, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

A salute to Noah’s heroes
Noah Hamm has escaped death more times than his mother Danielle can count. And he’s only 3. Since Noah was born there have been three constants in his life: Noah’s knack for near misses, his family and a neonatologist/pulmonologist who’s always there with the right care for Noah … and the right words for his family. “I tell Larry [Dr. Larry Rhein] he’s our George Bailey,” says Noah’s mom Danielle DiBenedetto. Larry gave me hope. Even when things were bad, I always felt better when Larry was there. Noah was a 29-week twin when Danielle’s water broke prematurely. “...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Anne Hansen Dr. Larry Rhein Dr. Reza Rahbar Dr. Terry Buchmiller esophageal atresia laryngeal cleft patent ductus arteriosus tracheoesophageal fistula Source Type: news

FGM Guidelines Urge Physicians To Treat Practice As Abuse Not 'Cultural' Issue
During the four days Sarian Kamara spent in labor with her eldest daughter at a London hospital, doctors and nurses filtered in and out of the delivery room and whispered among one another as they peered at her circumcised vagina. At the time, Kamara, 39, had no idea that her excruciating delivery was linked to the fact that she had been subjected to female genital mutilation as a young girl in Sierra Leone. As Kamara lay in pain, she feared that the African practitioners had cursed her because of her “bad” behavior. But as the doctors prepared to perform a C-section, a midwife examined Kamara, and asked her qu...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prior C-Section Raises Risk of Complications With Home Birth
WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 -- Pregnant women who've had a cesarean delivery in the past should not plan a home birth because they face a higher risk for complications, researchers warn. The finding stems from an analysis of roughly 2.4 million... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 18, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Is Intrauterine Cleaning After C-Section Really Needed?
(MedPage Today) -- Omission doesn't seem to raise infection risk, but more data needed (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - May 16, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Home Birth After C-Section Tied to Serious Complications
(MedPage Today) -- Higher risk of infant seizures, nonresponsiveness versus hospital birth (Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage)
Source: MedPage Today Meeting Coverage - May 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Pregnancy Is Scary Enough Without Having To Worry That a Catholic Hospital Might Turn You Away
Maybe I'm just more attuned to it these days -- your 30s will do that to you -- but lately it feels like everyone I know has a scary story about pregnancy. After the adorable photographs have been posted, the celebratory texts sent, the welcome-back-to-the-world-of-sushi-and-beer meals eaten, they tell you about the darker parts of the experience. The nightmarishly long labor. The NICU. The miscarriages that sometimes came before. The last thing any of these women should have to worry about -- the last thing anyone who is pregnant, or their family, should have to worry about -- is being denied appropriate medical care be...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The 'slow' caesarean that is more like a natural birth
Babies born by traditional C-section are susceptible to respiratory problems as they are brought out so quickly that they struggle to adapt to breathing normal air. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

From Selfie to Self-Absorbed: How Social Media Can Mislead Us
There's an alarming rate of self-promotion, narcissism, and deep-rooted desire for validation through social media. The self-proclaimed novice "physique competitors" and "women empowering coaches" and "lifestyle consultants" seem to unknowingly promote narcissism and false positives of the human body. And the millions of millennials and those even younger have distorted the way we perceive our own bodies by promoting these misleading posts. For men, it's the selfies and the self-promotion of their body attempting to demonstrate their hard work, usually accompanied by cliche hashtags such as #...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 6, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Over 35 and expecting: Is it safer to give birth “early”?
Follow me at @hricciot Having a baby when you’re “older” can have some advantages—women may feel more secure with themselves, their relationships, or their careers. However, expectant moms 35 and older—and their babies—do face some increased pregnancy-related health risks. Probably the most dreaded is a stillbirth. Most often, the factor responsible for stillbirth occurs before labor. Some of the reasons a baby might die before birth include problems with the placenta, and women over 35 face increased risk for these complications. That’s why it isn’t unusual for doctors to re...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - April 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hope Ricciotti, MD Tags: Family Planning and Pregnancy Health Women's Health inducing labor Source Type: news

UK toddlers’ diet cause for concern’
Young kids getting too much energy, protein and salt, but not enough iron or vitamin DRelated items from OnMedicaChildhood asthma overdiagnosed, warn respiratory doctorsNew genetic testing for childhood cancersFruit drinks for children have ‘unacceptably high’ sugar levelsChild cancer survivors can become pregnant as adultsPlanned repeat C-section about as safe for child as VBAC (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - April 6, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Allergies: Can Too Much Hygiene Actually Harm Us?
It's that time of the year again. You step out of the house and your eyes itch, your nose starts running and your head feels like an empty balloon. Yes, it's allergy season. Even the resilient ones, give them enough time and eventually they will develop some form of allergic reaction. But what are allergies and why do so many people suffer from them? Allergies are a glitch in our immune system. The immune system is built to recognize and destroy pathogens -- potential threats like viruses and harmful bacteria. Unlike pathogens, allergens are substances that, despite being harmless to the body, still trigger a response f...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 4, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

10-Second Answers To This Week's Pressing Health Questions
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we sought out simple answers to tough health questions. While such questions require a degree of nuance -- if they didn't, they wouldn't be tough, right? -- consider this an at-a-glance jumping off point to explore the research in more detail.    Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read and love this week? Q: How can we reduce the United States' high C-section rate?  A: Give women more time to push. According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March, giving women just one more hour to p...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

10-Second Answers To This Week's Pressing Health Questions
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we sought out simple answers to tough health questions. While such questions require a degree of nuance -- if they didn't, they wouldn't be tough, right? -- consider this an at-a-glance jumping off point to explore the research in more detail.    Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read and love this week? Q: How can we reduce the United States' high C-section rate?  A: Give women more time to push. According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March, giving women just one more hour to ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10-Second Answers To This Week's Pressing Health Questions
ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week. This week, we sought out simple answers to tough health questions. While such questions require a degree of nuance -- if they didn't, they wouldn't be tough, right? -- consider this an at-a-glance jumping off point to explore the research in more detail.    Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read and love this week? Q: How can we reduce the United States' high C-section rate?  A: Give women more time to push. According to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in March, giving women just one more hour to p...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant mother diagnosed with terminal cancer refuses to have an early C-section
Indira Jayasuriya, 39, from Bromley, Kent, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and later got the all clear - but discovered the disease returned while pregnant with her second child. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tiny Cheetah Cubs Fighting For Survival After Rare C-Section Birth
NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters) -- Five cheetah cubs are fighting for their lives after being delivered prematurely at a Cincinnati zoo by a cesarean section, a procedure seldom performed during the birth of the endangered cats. The cubs, born earlier this month, have weak immune systems and are unable to actively ward off infections, said Mark Campbell, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's director of animal health. The three males and two females are receiving around-the-clock critical care, which involves bottle feeding every three hours, Campbell said in a statement on Friday. "Mom is recovering, and we're worki...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 21, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Planned C-section after previous one does not increase child's health risk
Babies born by planned Cesarian section to mothers who previously gave birth by one do not have a significantly higher risk of poor health outcomes in the future. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

Women who have more than one C-section 'DON'T harm their babies' health 
The finding is important because it had been feared that Caesarean sections raised the risk of a host of health problems, including obesity and asthma, Aberdeen University experts said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Repeat C-Section May Have No Long-Term Health Risk for Baby
Scottish study finds no significant differences in learning disabilities, risk for various conditions (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Repeat C-Section May Have No Long-Term Health Risk for Baby
Scottish study finds no significant differences in learning disabilities, risk for various conditions Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cesarean Section, Childbirth (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Repeat C-Section May Have No Long-Term Health Risk for Baby
TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 -- There appears to be little increased risk to a child's health if a woman has a planned cesarean delivery after a prior C-section, a new study out of Scotland finds. Still, C-section does come with risks, experts noted, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 15, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Thinking about a C-section? Here's why your hospital may say no.
At hospitals across California, administrators are pushing doctors to perform fewer caesarean deliveries, hiring birth coaches and asking pregnant women to stay in labor longer. For years, medical experts have said that C-sections - a surgical procedure in which a doctor makes an incision in the... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 8, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Soumya Karlamangla, Ryan Menezes Source Type: news

Zika linked to abnormal pregnancies, fetal death, new research finds
New research presents strong evidence that the Zika virus can indeed cause a range of abnormalities in pregnant women infected with the virus — with the effects manifesting any time during pregnancy. Some of the abnormalities noted have not been reported in connection with the virus. In a study published online March 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at UCLA and at the Fiocruz Institute in Brazil found that clinical and ultrasound data in 29 percent of women who tested positive for the Zika virus revealed associations between infection and “grave outcomes” that included fetal death, pl...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 5, 2016 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

No Difference in C-Section Rates in Induced Older Moms (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Reassurance for women over 35 considering induction (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - March 3, 2016 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

C-Section Risk For Older Moms No Higher When Induced, Study Finds
Induction doesn't lead to higher rates of cesarean deliveries in older first-time moms compared to waiting to natural onset of labor. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 3, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

Inducing labor may not boost C-section risk
Amy Norton, HealthDay News Pregnant older women who have labor induced near their due date may not face an increased risk of needing a cesarean section, a new clinical trial suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news