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World Antibiotic Awareness Week
Professor Dame Sally Davies, England's Chief Medical Officer, recently warned that the world could face a  " post-antibiotic apocalypse.” She urged that, unless action is taken to halt the practices that have allowed antibiotic resistance to spread and ways are found to develop new types of antibiotics, we could return to the days when simple wounds, infections or routine operations, are life-threatening. To mark   World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 13th-19th November,  we are highlighting Cochrane  evidence which supports decision-making in the appropriate use of antibiotics. Pr...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - November 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Report: Maternity care at Mass. hospitals varies widely
Having a baby? Your hospital may not be performing as well as you ’d hope when it comes to maternity care. Data released in September by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis shows wide disparities in how the state’s hospitals perform on three maternity procedures: early elective deliveries (Caesarean section or induction prior to 39 weeks without medical reason); incidence of episiotomy; and Caesarean section for low-risk pregnancies. The state used data from nonprofit watchdog… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Report: Maternity care at Mass. hospitals varies widely
Having a baby? Your hospital may not be performing as well as you ’d hope when it comes to maternity care. Data released in September by the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis shows wide disparities in how the state’s hospitals perform on three maternity procedures: early elective deliveries (Caesarean section or induction prior to 39 weeks without medical reason); incidence of episiotomy; and Caesarean section for low-risk pregnancies. The state used data from nonprofit watchdog… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 17, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Weird: Women are putting ground up WASP NESTS into their vaginas
(Natural News) A shocking and dangerous new trend has taken the Internet by storm. Women in search of a cure-all for painful episiotomy cuts and other vaginal issues, particularly after childbirth, have taken to grinding wasp nests into a paste and then inserting that paste into their vaginas. The website Green Live Forever touts this... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Though Discouraged, Episiotomies Still Common in Some HospitalsThough Discouraged, Episiotomies Still Common in Some Hospitals
Episiotomy has been officially discouraged in most cases for a decade. Yet it is still being performed at much higher than recommended rates in certain hospitals and by certain doctors. Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Episiotomies Still Common During Childbirth Despite Advice To Do Fewer
Overall rates of the surgical snip have declined nationally in the past decade. But, despite advice, some hospitals and certain doctors still routinely cut the vagina to ease a baby's birth. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - July 4, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jocelyn Wiener Source Type: news

ACOG: New Guidance to Prevent Vaginal Tearing During Delivery
(MedPage Today) -- Continues to discourage routine episiotomy (Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine)
Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine - June 24, 2016 Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

Women’s Health Takes Center Stage at UN Population Awards   
By Aruna DuttUNITED NATIONS, Jun 24 2016 (IPS)Social Scientist, Carmen Barroso and Polish Organisation, Childbirth in Dignity received the United Nations Population Awards here Thursday for their outstanding work in population, improving individuals’ health and welfare, and specifically for their decades-long leadership in women’s rights.“I dedicate this award to anonymous health providers everywhere, who day in and day out help women to exercise their rights and preserve their health,” said Barroso on accepting the award.Barroso has been actively involved in reproductive health and population issue...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Aruna Dutt Tags: Aid Civil Society Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs Women in Politics Women's Health sexual and reproductive health Source Type: news

ACOG: New Recommendations on Obstetric LacerationsACOG: New Recommendations on Obstetric Lacerations
ACOG issues new recommendations for the prevention and treatment of obstetric lacerations; the group continues to discourage routine episiotomy. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Obstetricians Group Continues to Recommend Restrictive Use of Episiotomy (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH, and William E. Chavey, MD, MS The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists again says there is not enough evidence to recommend routine use of episiotomy during … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - June 23, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Cochrane Making a Difference: Midwifery
The Cochrane Making a Difference series focuses on stories of how Cochrane evidence has made an impact on real-world health decision making and outcomes. This story focuses on the improved outcomes that women experience in pregnancy and delivery when they are cared for by a midwife that they know.A Cochrane Review on continuity of midwife care was first published in 2004, and most recently updated in 2016. As more trials have been added to the Cochrane Review, uncertainties in the original findings have been reduced. The current evidence demonstrates that women who have received continuity of care from a midwife they know,...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - June 2, 2016 Category: Information Technology Authors: nowens at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Episiotomies: What Your Mom Never Told You
Will you need an episiotomy, and how long will it take to recover? WebMD explains what your mom didn’t tell you about episiotomies. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - March 25, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Episiotomy No Longer a Routine Part of Labor and Delivery
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I am 32 weeks pregnant with my first baby. At my last appointment, my doctor mentioned that an episiotomy is sometimes needed, but I really don’t want one. What circumstances would make it necessary, and is it reasonable for me to ask that it not be done no matter the situation? ANSWER: [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 5, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Episiotomy: When it's needed, when it's not
(Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed)
Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - July 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

10 Tips For a Speedier Recovery After Delivery
Congratulations on your upcoming bundle (or bundles) of joy! No matter if this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, delivery day is always exciting and a bit nerve wrecking. As a mom of twins, and a mom who had a vaginal delivery with twins (yup!) I can tell you that I wish I had more information on the after birth procedure. Many new moms focus on what to do before your first push and during, but not as much info is other there for the after part. When I was writing What To Do When You're Having Two the topic came up time and time again and I hope that these 10 tips help make your baby's birthday even better for you. 1...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'Consent in childbirth is a joke': How British women are silenced in the delivery room
The case of an American woman, who was unwillingly cut by doctors during birth, has shocked many. But this problem isn't confined to the US, says Milli Hill. British women find it just as hard to get their voices heard (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - May 1, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: episiotomy health pregnancy baby mumsnet vagina consent birth childbirth pregnant midwife labour doctor Source Type: news

Episiotomies Are Becoming Less And Less Common, New Numbers Show
There was a time when episiotomy -- a surgical incision made in a woman's perineum -- was a routine part of childbirth in the United States, believed to help prevent the vaginal tears that can occur as babies emerge. But with the procedure leading to complications, including infection and even potential incontinence, doctors began stepping back from it in the 1990s. And promising new figures released this week suggest that rates have continued to fall after several major healthcare organizations in the mid 2000s spoke out against its routine use. In a short research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Episiotomies on The Decline for U.S. Births
But almost 12 percent of deliveries still involve the surgical procedure, study finds Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Childbirth (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 13, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Episiotomy Rate Continues Steady Decline
(MedPage Today) -- White women still more likely to have procedure. (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - January 13, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Mediolateral Episiotomy Reduces Obstetrical InjuryMediolateral Episiotomy Reduces Obstetrical Injury
The controversial approach during operative vaginal delivery significantly reduces the risk for injury, according to a large Dutch database study. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

New technique to prevent anal sphincter lesions due to episiotomy during child delivery
(Politecnico di Torino) An inexpensive disposable intra-anal probe carrying 16 circumferential electrodes identifies and displays, on a laptop or tablet, the innervation zones of the anal sphincter so that episiotomy, if deemed necessary at the moment of child delivery, can be avoided -- if too risky -- or properly planned, thereby reducing the likelihood of partial sphincter denervation and future incontinence. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 18, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Sex After Childbirth - Most Mothers Wait At Least 6 Weeks, Some Considerably Longer
Most first-time mothers wait until after 6 weeks postpartum to resume vaginal sex following childbirth and women who have an operative vaginal birth, caesarean section, perineal tear or episiotomy appear to wait longer, suggests a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The study, conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia, used data from the Maternal Health Study, a large prospective pregnancy cohort in which data were collected from self-administered questionnaires in early pregnancy and at 3, 6 and 12 months postpartum... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 28, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Sexual Health / STDs Source Type: news

Most first-time mothers wait until after 6 weeks before resuming sex following childbirth
(Wiley) Most first-time mothers wait until after six weeks postpartum to resume vaginal sex following childbirth and women who have an operative vaginal birth, caesarean section, perineal tear or episiotomy appear to wait longer, suggests a new study published today in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 26, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news