Health organisations stand together against abuse   
The country’s leading health organisations – between them representing hundreds of thousands of NHS staff – have today (Wednesday) come together to stand against the abuse to which they have been subjected during the pandemic. The group – which includes the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), UNISON, and the NHS Confederation – has also urged the public to stand with them. The last few days have seen an incredible outpouring of support for the RCM and its chief executive Gill Walton, shown by the list of signatories in a letter in today’s Times. This followed abuse and death threats on soci...
Source: UNISON Health care news - August 4, 2021 Category: UK Health Authors: Fatima Ayad Tags: Press release Christina McAnea NHS staff Violence against staff in the NHS Source Type: news

Mauritius: The National Action Plan On Breastfeeding Currently Under Preparation, Says Dr Jagutpal
[Government of Mauritius] The Ministry of Health and Wellness is working on a National Action Plan on Breastfeeding whose objective is to gradually increase the percentage of breastfeeding to 50%. Much progress has already been made and the National Action Plan will be made public shortly. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Harare Residents Celebrate Breastfeeding Week
[The Herald] HARARE residents have joined the world in celebrating breastfeeding week, which which seeks to promote breast feeding across the globe. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Egypt: Egypt Launches Initiative for Early Detection of 19 Genetic Diseases in Newborns, Begins Free Treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy
[Egypt Online] Minister of Health and Population Hala Zayed announced on Tuesday 3/8/2021 the launch of an initiative for the early detection of genetic disorders and hereditary diseases in newly-born infants under the auspices of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Kajiado - Hundreds Miss School Reopening Due to Pregnancy
[Nation] As more than one million Form One students are expected to report back to schools across the country today, hundreds of others in Kajiado County will miss the opportunity due to early pregnancies. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 4, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

ACOG, SMFM Urge All Pregnant Women to Get COVID-19 Vaccine ACOG, SMFM Urge All Pregnant Women to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine strongly recommend that all pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - August 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Nanotech device can detect risk for serious complication during pregnancy
Researchers from UCLA and Cedars-Sinai have developed a new way to detect a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur during pregnancy.The condition, placenta accreta spectrum disorder, occurs when the placenta grows too deeply into the uterine wall and fails to detach from the uterus after childbirth. It can lead to significant blood loss during pregnancy and delivery, requiring blood transfusions and intensive care, and it can result in serious illness and infection and can even be fatal for the mother. The condition occurs in less than 0.5% of pregnancies.Currently, placenta accreta spectrum disorder is diag...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 3, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Nigeria: Save the Children Harps On Exclusive Breastfeeding for Kids
[Vanguard] Kaduna -- As the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, Save the Children International has called for increased support to, and protection of, mothers as well as awareness creation for an optimal exclusive breastfeeding practice in Nigeria." (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Malawi: Covid-19 Pandemic Has Negatively Impacted Exclusive Breastfeeding--Minister Chiponda
[Nyasa Times] The Minister of Health and Population, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, has said the effects of the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic have negatively affected lactating mothers and their infants, as mothers were forced to divert their attention and resources towards addressing the economic effects of the pandemic instead of concentrating on the wellbeing of the little ones. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 3, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

12,000 Square Miles Without Obstetrics? Possible in West Texas 12,000 Square Miles Without Obstetrics? Possible in West Texas
Big Bend Regional Medical Center, the only hospital in a sparsely populated region of West Texas, announced that because of a nursing shortage its labor and delivery unit must close for days at a time.Kaiser Health News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Covid-19 - Jabs for Most Pregnant Women More Than a Month Away
[spotlight] Most pregnant women in South Africa will have to wait at least another month for a potentially life-saving COVID-19 jab. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Leading U.S. Ob-Gyn Groups Urge COVID Vaccines for All Pregnant Women
MONDAY, Aug. 2, 2021 -- All pregnant women should be vaccinated " without delay " against COVID-19, two leading groups of U.S. obstetric specialists recommend. That advice— from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 2, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Liberia: Medical Facility in Doe Community Craves Assistance Amidst Flooding
[LINA] Monrovia -- The Officer-In-Charge at the Tarnue Kerkula Gibson Medical and Laboratory Clinic in Doe Community, Bushrod Island, Madam Ruth L. Johnson, is calling on Liberians, philanthropists as well as national leaders to provide assistance to the institution so as to avoid being evicted by flood. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: Should I Get the Covid-19 Vaccine While Pregnant or Breastfeeding? Experts Explain the Safety, Evidence and Clinical Trials
[The Conversation Africa] Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, public health communications put a special focus on helping high-risk populations, such as seniors, stay safe. Yet, information for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Tanzania: Private Firms Censured Over Maternity Rights
[Daily News] SOME female workers from private firms are avoiding becoming pregnant because they are afraid of losing their jobs, a recent Human Rights and Business Survey 2021 Report launched in Dar es Salaam has revealed. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Africa: World Breastfeeding Week - Statement By UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
[WHO] At the start of this year, governments, donors, civil society and the private sector united to launch the Nutrition for Growth Year of Action. The Year of Action is a historic opportunity to transform the way the world tackles the global commitment to eliminate child malnutrition. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Rising Cases of Teen Pregnancies in Meru Worry Leaders
[Nation] Government officials and children welfare workers in Meru have decried the surge in teenage pregnancies in the county, majority of which are perpetrated by relatives. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 2, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

12,000 Square Miles Without Obstetrics? It's a Possibility in West Texas
Describes concerns in West Texas that rural obstetric unit closures could create a maternal health desert. Discusses the closure of a unit at the Big Bend Regional Medical Center and workforce recruitment and retention issues affecting rural obstetric care. Notes that 10 rural hospitals in Texas stopped delivering babies within the last 5 years, with 65 of 157 rural hospitals offering the service. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 2, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Africa: To Prevent Teenage Pregnancies in Sub Saharan Africa, It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child
[IPS] Dissin -- Honorine Meda is 23. Cycling through her hometown of Dissin, in Burkina Faso's verdant southwest, she smiles, waves and stops to chat with one of the girls she counsels. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - August 1, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Statements By Obstetrics Societies Strongly Advise Covid-19 Vaccinations For Pregnant Women
National obstetrics societies strongly advise pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - July 31, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Nina Shapiro, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Obstetrician groups recommend COVID vaccine during pregnancy
Two obstetricians’ groups are now recommending COVID-19 shots for all pregnant women, citing concerns over rising cases and low vaccination rates (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Vaccination in pregnancy, NHS England (updated 30th July 2021)
Recent internal data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance Service (UKOSS) shows that pregnant women are among week-on-week increases in the numbers of hospital admissions for COVID-19, linked with rising infection rates and the emergence of the Delta variant across England. All healthcare professionals have a responsibility to proactively encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Public Health England reported last week that 51,724 pregnant women in England have received at least one dose of the vaccine. While this is encouraging to see, hundreds of thousands of pregnant women remain unvaccinated. (Source:...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

South Africa: Mothers Need Help and Support If They Are to Breastfeed Their Babies for an Optimal Time
[Daily Maverick] In my research, some mothers expressed the age-old cultural belief that whatever you felt at the time, was transmitted via breast milk to their infants. Mothers felt anger, pain and disappointment and were cognisant that these negative feelings, like their own hunger, could be shared with their young. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 30, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Jabs for Most Pregnant SA Women More Than a Month Away
[Daily Maverick] The majority of pregnant women in South Africa will still have to wait for a Covid-19 jab. Chris Bateman takes a look at what we do and do not know about Covid-19 and its impact on pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant, and when it is safest for such women to get vaccinated. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Path to Paternity - Surviving a Long-Lettered Male Issue
[Ghanaian Times] That Tuesday morning was not the first time KekeliAgbozo (real name withheld) had to take matters of sexual pleasure into his own hands, literally. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Ghana: Adoption - Accepting the Alternative Family System to Break Infertility Stigma
[Ghanaian Times] Being married for a decade without biological children is one of the most painful emotional and psychological experiences any woman or a man could go through. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: Gasabo District Launches Campaign Against Teen Pregnancy
[New Times] Gasabo district this week embarked on a campaign aimed at sensitizing the youth in the district against teen pregnancy. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 29, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

How Do You Pee With MRKH?
Title: How Do You Pee With MRKH?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 7/28/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/28/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General - July 28, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

OB-GYNs Are Disappearing from Wisconsin's Rural Hospitals. A UW Program Trains New Doctors in Small Communities, Hoping They'll Stay.
Highlights a University of Wisconsin-Madison program that places OB-GYN medical school residents at rural hospitals to encourage them to practice in those underserved communities. Describes how the program will help to address the shortage of obstetrics providers in rural areas. UW-Madison hopes to help other universities implement similar programs. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 28, 2021 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Aiico Partners ActionAid to End Infant Homicide in Nigeria
[Leadership] AIICO Insurance Plc has partnered ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) to tackle and put an end to infant homicide in the country. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 27, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

What Causes Eating Disorders in Women?
Title: What Causes Eating Disorders in Women?Category: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 7/27/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/27/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General - July 27, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Gambia: VP Touray Says Govt Remains Committed to Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
[Foroyaa] The Gambia's Vice President, Dr. Isatou Touray, on 11th July 2021 said the promotion of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights remain a national priority for the government, especially given its significance in sustainable development. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 26, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

The relationship between common mental disorders (CMDs), food insecurity and domestic violence in pregnant women during the COVID-19 lockdown in Cape Town, South Africa - Abrahams Z, Boisits S, Schneider M, Prince M, Lund C.
PURPOSE: We aimed to explore the relationship between common mental disorders (CMDs), food insecurity and experiences of domestic violence among pregnant women attending public sector midwife obstetric units and basic antenatal care clinics in Cape Town du... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

South Africa: In-Focus - How to Protect Hospitalised Infants From Dangerous Germs
[spotlight] Every few years it seems we see headlines of infants contracting dangerous infections in hospitals and in some cases dying of these infections. In January last year, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed an outbreak of Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella infections in infants at Tembisa Hospital in Gauteng. In 2018, there was an outbreak at Thelle Mogoerane Regional Hospital in Gauteng and in 2016 at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

In conversation with Andy Cash, winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition
Andy Cash was the winner of the Hysteria 2020 poetry competition with his poem The Poets Meeting published in the Hysteria 7 anthology. Andy writes about love, hope, human insecurities, death, our needs, mental illness and weaknesses, strengths, deep desires to be part of a fellow brethren and the lusts of life in an everyday world. He is anti-post truth and a fighter for freedom of the mind. Each poem he writes is about the truth, real people and real events. Listen to the interview and his reading of The Poets meeting https://lindaph.me/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Andy-Cash.mp3 Key takeaways from this episode: Andy...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Podcast author interview hysteria 2020 hysteria 2021 hysteria 7 poetry Source Type: news

Are Antibiotics Really the Answer for UTIs in Women?
Title: Are Antibiotics Really the Answer for UTIs in Women?Category: Health NewsCreated: 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/23/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General - July 23, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

E-Cigarette Use During Pregnancy Tied to Adverse Birth Outcomes
THURSDAY, July 22, 2021 -- Electronic cigarette use during pregnancy is associated with adverse birth outcomes, according to a study published online in the July issue of Obstetrics& Gynecology. Annette K. Regan, Ph.D., M.P.H., from Texas... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 22, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

The space between thoughts
The role of ‘thought’ in our experience of life and the world around us has been a defining understanding over the last few years for me. But it’s never been in such sharp relief as in the last 17 months. I am bemused by the observation of myself seesawing between different worries, concerns and misunderstandings as I try (along with the rest of humanity) to make sense of how we’ve got to where we are. What I seem to have forgotten along the way is how important the space between thoughts is when I get caught up in the moment to moment distractions called ‘information’. I have found myse...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - July 22, 2021 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Spirituality thought Source Type: news

What Nutrients Does a Woman Need Daily?
Title: What Nutrients Does a Woman Need Daily?Category: Health and LivingCreated: 7/22/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 7/22/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Womens Health General - July 22, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: EFF Urges Zimbabweans Not to Use Contraceptives
[New Zimbabwe] The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Zimbabwe has discouraged Zimbabweans not to use contraceptives, saying the country needs more people to fully harness its abundance as well as underutilised resources. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: How Community Health Workers Are Supporting Covid-19 Positive Expectant Mothers
[New Times] 28-year-old Olive Mujawamariya first felt mildly sick five days ago. The expectant mother of one says that at first, she felt some general body weakness but brushed it off as part of pregnancy fatigue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda: Post-Delivery Family Planning for Teenage Mothers Crucial
[Observer] Betty Namusisi, 23, is a mother of four children living in Namayuba village, Wakiso district. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda: Do You Know Where Your Birth Control Is? Tracking Contraceptives Improves Services and Choice
[UNFPA] Kampala -- When Isirimu Margret got pregnant at 16, her hope to continue her studies vanished. She dropped out of school, married her partner and had their child. So when the chance to obtain family planning counselling arose at her local health facility through a programme supported by UNFPA, she took it and chose an implant that would last for three years. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Women Needing to Abandon Their Babies Don't Have Safe Options - This Must Change
[The Conversation Africa] In South Africa it is against the law to abandon a child - specifically an infant, in such a way that the baby is likely to die. But people are rarely prosecuted for this crime. This is usually because the perpetrator - often the mother - cannot be located. When found, individuals are usually charged with murder. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 21, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Rwanda: How Community Health Workers Are Dealing With Covid-19 Positive Expectant Mothers
[New Times] 28-year-old Olive Mujawamariya first felt mildly sick five days ago. The expectant mother of one says that at first, she felt some general body weakness but brushed it off as part of pregnancy fatigue. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 20, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Expert Urges Collaboration to Tackle Infertility, Other Health Challenges
[Daily Trust] A consultant gynaecologist and fertility specialist, Dr Kenneth Egwuda, has called for more collaboration among players in the health sector to ensure quality service delivery. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 20, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Fears Grow for Pregnant Women
[Zimbabwe Standard] A Matabeleland South youth civic organisation has raised security concerns about women awaiting delivery at maternity centres in Matobo district after criminals stormed a hospital there and raped two pregnant women. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: NGO Rolls Out 2nd Cycle of IVF Grants to 40 Couples
[Daily Trust] A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ibidunni Ighodalo Foundation (IIF), has rolled out the second cycle of Project 40at40 which will gift 40 couples In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) grants in accordance with the wishes of its late founder. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

South Africa: Without Contraception, Limpopo Women's Rights Are Being Violated
[spotlight] Since 2017, after having her last child *Nkhensani (38), a mother of three has been using injectable contraception in the form of Depo-Provera which she received from the Mukhoni Clinic in Collins Chabane District in Limpopo. She decided to take contraceptives after realising that she and her partner could no longer afford to raise more children. But from the beginning of lockdown in 2020, she says she could not access her contraceptive of choice because of stockouts at the clinic. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 16, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: Experts Mull Future of Girls as 100,000 in Four Counties Fall Pregnant
[Nation] More than 100,000 teenagers in four counties fell pregnant last year in the wake of restrictive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, leading to experts saying it is time to implement measures to safeguard the future of girls. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - July 16, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news