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

Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk
Study also found that prompting delivery in 39th week did not affect health of baby or mother (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk
Study also found that prompting delivery in 39th week did not affect health of baby or mother Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Cesarean Section, Childbirth, Stillbirth (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk
Study also found that prompting delivery in 39th week did not affect health of baby or mother (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - March 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Twin Birth Study: No benefit with planned C-section
ATLANTA – A policy of planned cesarean delivery provides no significant benefit, compared with a policy of planned vaginal delivery in cases involving uncomplicated twin pregnancies between 32 and 38... (Source: Pediatric News)
Source: Pediatric News - March 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Inducing Labor May Not Boost C-Section Risk
WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 -- Contrary to longstanding concerns, pregnant older women who have their labor induced near their due date may not face an increased risk of needing a cesarean section, a new clinical trial suggests. British researchers... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 2, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Urinary Incontinence Risk Up After Vaginal Birth
But the risks that come with an elective C-section must be considered as well, experts say (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urinary Incontinence Risk Rises Slightly After Vaginal Birth, Study Finds
But the risks that come with an elective C-section must be considered as well, experts say (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Urinary Incontinence Risk Rises Slightly After Vaginal Birth, Study Finds
But the risks that come with an elective C-section must be considered as well, experts say Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Childbirth, Urinary Incontinence (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - February 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Vaginal seeding' may put newborns at risk of infection
"'Vaginal seeding' of babies born by C-section could pose infection risk," The Guardian reports.  The practice of exposing babies born by caesarean section to their mother's vaginal fluid in an effort to boost their immunity may actually lead to an infection, experts say. Vaginal seeding involves rubbing vaginal fluid on the baby with the intention of exposing it to the "healthy" bacteria it would be exposed to in a vaginal birth. However, there is no evidence the practice is effective, and it runs the risk of babies developing serious infections from potentially harmful b...
Source: NHS News Feed - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Increased demand for 'vaginal seeding' from new parents, despite lack of evidence
Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of parents requesting so-called 'vaginal seeding' for babies born by cesarean section, according to a new article. The practice, which is also known as microbirthing, involves taking a swab from the mother's vagina and wiping this over the baby's mouth, eyes, face and skin shortly after birth by caesarean section. The idea is that vaginal seeding allows a baby born via caesarean section to come into contact with bacteria from the birth canal. The hope is this may boost their gut bacteria, and reduce risk of conditions such as allergies or obesity. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - February 24, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Baby gorilla born by rare C-section
An adorable baby gorilla was delivered via caesarian section at Bristol Zoo Gardens in the U.K. after vets feared she might not survive (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - February 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaginal Seeding of Babies Born by C-Section Potentially Unsafe, Editorialists Say (FREE)
By Cara Adler Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM Demand for vaginal seeding — the practice of collecting a mother's vaginal fluid on a gauze swab and wiping it over her newborn's mouth, eyes, and skin shortly after … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - February 24, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

WATCH: Aborable Baby Gorilla Born By Rare, Risky Cesarean Section
It's highly unusual for veterinarians to perform C-sections on gorillas. The western lowland gorilla is critically endangered. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - February 23, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Merrit Kennedy Source Type: news

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 2, 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 1, 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