Namibia: Church Calls for Referendum On Abortion
[New Era] The Alliance of Christian Churches in Namibia (ACCN) has suggested government hold a referendum over the contentious issue of abortion. Reverend Dolly Nengushe, who is the executive chairperson of the ACCN board of trustees, believes the process of a referendum will help gauge the views of all parties involved. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 25, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Uganda: High Teenage Pregnancies, Defilement Cases Worry Ntoroko Leaders
[Monitor] The high numbers of teenage pregnancies and defilement cases have worried local leaders in Ntoroko District and have asked parents to take their parenting responsibilities to curb the vices. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 25, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

What is Refeeding Syndrome?
Discussion Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder with an intense fear of being overweight (i.e. distorted body image), and self-starvation and excessive weight loss. It is more common in women (1.2%) than men (0.2%) but can be seen in both genders. Risk factors include high-intelligence, perfectionism/inflexibility, anxiety, activities where thinner body types are expected (e.g. dancer, diver, gymnast, long-distance runner, volleyball player, etc.) Other eating disorders include bulimia nervosa (i.e. cycles of binge eating and then purging), binge eating disorder (i.e. purging), orthorexia (i.e. obsessions with healthful ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 25, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

South Africa: Community Health Workers Can Help South African Women With Perinatal Depression
[The Conversation Africa] Depression is defined by symptoms such as persistent sadness, low mood, sleep disturbances, low energy, and feelings of hopelessness. The condition is universal and can affect anyone. But certain people are more vulnerable or at risk of experiencing depression. Poverty and trauma are among the risk factors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 24, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

The relationship between physical violence by husband and sleep quality disorders in pregnant women - Arabzadeh M, Ahmadi Doulabi M, Amir Ali Akbari S, Nasiri M.
This study was performed with aim to determine the relationship between physical vi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Despite higher COVID risk, most pregnant Americans remain unvaccinated
Only a third of pregnant Americans are vaccinated for COVID-19, despite being at far higher risk for complications and death.(Image credit: Victoria Hansen/South Carolina Public Radio) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Victoria Hansen Source Type: news

'I. Am. So. Sorry': Talking about my pregnancy losses
The BBC's Tulip Mazumdar has reported on maternal health and the issues women face across the world. Here she reflects on her own experiences of pregnancy and baby loss. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bringing WISDOM to Breast Cancer Care
Dr. Laura Esserman answers the door of her bright yellow Victorian home in San Francisco’s Ashbury neighborhood with a phone at her ear. She’s wrapping up one of several meetings that day with her research team at University of California, San Francisco, where she heads the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center. She motions me in and reseats herself at a makeshift home office desk in her living room, sandwiched between a grand piano and set of enormous windows overlooking her front yard’s flower garden. It’s her remote base of operations when she’s not seeing patients or operating at the hospita...
Source: TIME: Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Unvaccinated pregnant Tennessee woman, 36, die of COVID-19
Amanda Perry, 36, of Dickson County, Tennessee, died of COVID-19 after a month-long battle with the virus that required her to give birth prematurely to her son, Nolan. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

For Girls, the Biggest Danger of Sexual Violence Lurks at Home
Girls' sexual and reproductive rights activist Mía Calderón stands on San Martín Avenue in San Juan de Lurigancho, the most populous municipality of Peru's capital. She complained that the pandemic once again highlighted the fact that sexual violence against girls comes mainly from someone close to home and that the girls are often not believed. CREDIT: Mariela Jara/IPSBy Mariela JaraLIMA, Oct 22 2021 (IPS) “During the pandemic, sexual violence against girls has grown because they have been confined with their abusers. If the home is not a safe place for them, what is then, the streets?” M&...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariela Jara Tags: Civil Society COVID-19 Development & Aid Editors' Choice Gender Gender Violence Headlines Health Human Rights Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Categories Domestic Abuse Domestic Violence Peru Sexual Abuse Sexual Violenc Source Type: news

Depression, Anxiety Could Raise a Pregnant Woman ’ s Odds for C - Section
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - October 22, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Obstetrics, News, Source Type: news

Jamie Lynn Spears Claimed Her Parents Pushed Her To Have An Abortion When She Got Pregnant At 16 Before Putting Her In Hiding And Taking...
“Everyone was certain that termination would be the best course of action ... everyone around me just wanted to make this ‘issue’ disappear.” (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Podcast: Disabled and pregnant? Good luck finding a doctor
Disabled people give birth at same rate as nondisabled ones — so why does medicine treat them as anomalies? (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 22, 2021 Category: Science Source Type: news

Most radiologists willing to perform PET/CT in pregnant women
Should PET/CT be used in pregnant women with suspected cancer? Experts recommen...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Mammography, DBT safe for accidental exam during pregnancy Low-income areas have less access to obstetric ultrasound Prenatal detection of heart defects low in Hispanic women, poor areas High-resolution MRI illuminates fetal white-matter tracts X-ray, CT reveal mummified ancient Egyptian was pregnant (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 22, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

U.S. CDC Advisory Committee Unanimously Recommends Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine as a Booster for All Eligible Individuals Who Receive Authorized COVID-19 Vaccines
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 21, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (the Company) today announced that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), has recommended its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for all eligible individuals who receive an authorized COVID-19 vaccine. “Today’s recommendation supports the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as a booster for eligible individuals in the U.S. regardless of which vaccine they initially receive,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientif...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pregnant? Breastfeeding? Better Drug Information Is Coming
The Food and Drug Administration is helping women and their health care providers to learn more about the effects of medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding. (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - October 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

For Stronger HIV Services in South Sudan, This Team Looks to the Data
By Alfred Okiria, Project director, South Sudan ; Katherine Seaton, Communications writer/editor, IntraHealth International A nurse draws blood to test for HIV and begins counseling a client at the Saint Bakhita Health Centre in Yei, South Sudan. Photo by Trevor Snapp for IntraHealth International.October 21, 2021What does it take to keep HIV services available despite limited resources, political unrest and violence, and a pandemic?For Alfred Okiria, IntraHealth International’s project director for theStrengthening National Capacity for Integrated HIV/AIDS Health Data Collection, Use, and Dissemination in Supp...
Source: IntraHealth International - October 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: HIV & AIDS Digital Health Measurement Analytics Source Type: news

Bipolar disorder in the postpartum period: the impact of a prenatal mood episode on maternal improvement at postpartum discharge after joint inpatient hospitalization - Lasica PA, Glangeaud-Freudenthal NMC, Falissard B, Sutter-Dallay AL, Gressier F.
Bipolar disorder (BD) is linked to a high risk of relapse in the year postpartum. The aim of this study was to search for an association of a mood episode during pregnancy with a lack of maternal improvement after a post-partum episode requiring joint hosp... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Tanzania: Sigh of Relief As Maternal Services Set for Expansion in Rukwa
[Daily News] PREGNANT women may breathe a sigh of relief following ongoing efforts to construct and repair 34 health facilities to improve health services, including the Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) in Rukwa region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 21, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Everly Health continues buying spree with acquisition of women's health startup Natalist
Everly Health continues its acquisitive 2021 with the purchase of Natalist, a women's health startup that offers conception and pregnancy essentials for a community of thousands. The acquisition marks the all-too-rare combination of two female-lead companies at a time when equity is center stage on Austin's startup scene. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Thompson Source Type: news

Everly Health continues buying spree with acquisition of women's health startup Natalist
Everly Health Inc. has acquired women's health startup Natalist in a landmark deal involving a pair of female founders and CEOs. Charleston, South Carolina-based Natalist, which offers conception and pregnancy essentials in thousands of retail locations, has been acquired in a multimillion-dollar, all-cash deal announced Oct. 21. The acquisition price was not disclosed. It's the third acquisition of 2021 for Everly Health , which in March acquired national clinician network PWNHealth and self-collected… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 21, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Paul Thompson Source Type: news

Why Is Good Medical Advice for Pregnant Women So Hard to Find?
A recent warning about the pain reliever acetaminophen is a reminder that health risks in pregnancy remain maddeningly, dangerously understudied. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Kim Tingley Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Women and Girls Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Research Clinical Trials Tylenol (Drug) Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Authorized for Emergency Use by U.S. FDA
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 20, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 18 and older at least two months following primary vaccination with single-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; and for eligible individuals who received a different authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. The Johnson & Johnson booster shot will be the same formulation and dosage as the primary shot. The EUA follows a unanimous recomme...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 20, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Latest News Source Type: news

Sex of Fetus Affects Immune Response to COVID-19 During Pregnancy
Male placentas produce more proinflammatory molecules than female placentas, while people carrying male fetuses produce fewer antibodies in response to infection, a study finds. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - October 20, 2021 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Pregnant women with severe vomiting condition like Kate Middleton 'consider abortions and suicide'
A survey of more than 5,000 women in the UK with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), the largest of its kind, found 5 per cent terminate their pregnancy because of the illness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Severe pregnancy illness: 'I won't have another baby'
Laura Anderson shares her experience of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) during her pregnancy two years ago. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Women Regret Not Getting the Vaccine COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Women Regret Not Getting the Vaccine
Kyndal Nipper, who hails from outside Columbus, Georgia, had only a brief bout with COVID-19 but a more tragic outcome.Associated Press (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - October 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Updated MS Guidelines Advocate Earlier, More Aggressive Treatment Updated MS Guidelines Advocate Earlier, More Aggressive Treatment
Updated European guidelines also include a recommendation for siponimod in progressive MS and more detailed information on drug use in pregnancy.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - October 19, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Supplement warning: Three pills that could worsen heart issues, depression and cancer risk
SUPPLEMENTS such as vitamin B12, that can help prevent anaemia, and folic acid, which can reduce birth defects when taken by pregnant women are great additions to a diet. However, some supplements might be risky. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: Experts Lament High Rate of Unsafe Abortions in Nigeria
[Vanguard] With over half a million women in Nigeria suffer from complications from abortions annually; medical experts have lamented preventable deaths from abortions in Nigeria and other medium countries. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Kenya: No More Births in the Dark as Clinics Get Solar Power
[Nation] When Jacinta Malemba, a clinical officer in charge of Ndilidau Dispensary in Taita Taveta County was executing her duties sometime last year, the night sky had almost no illumination. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 19, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Family Planning Remains Massive Challenge
[Namibian] REDUCING the vast unmet need for family planning remains a massive challenge in Namibia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 18, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Using Tocilizumab or Sarilumab for hospitalised patients with COVID-19 who are pregnant, SPS
This page signposts to current guidance on this off-label use of the two medicines from the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and UKTIS. Healthcare professionals are encouraged to contact UKTIS should they be considered for use. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Edmonton mother who contracted COVID-19 while pregnant thankful she got the shot
Cheryl Franko, who was pregnant with her first child, was initially worried about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine and whether it could potentially harm her baby. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Edmonton Source Type: news

Covid-19 treatments and vaccines must be evaluated in pregnancy, BMJ
Editorial calls for urgent shift in policy and investment to ensure inclusion becomes the norm for pregnancy in medicine and vaccine development plans, unless otherwise justified, noting this will help counter vaccine hesitancy and improve confidence in the use of new treatments. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Binge drinking among adults, by select characteristics and state - United States, 2018 - Bohm MK, Liu Y, Esser MB, Mesnick JB, Lu H, Pan Y, Greenlund KJ.
Excessive alcohol use* is associated with disease, injury, and poor pregnancy outcomes and is responsible for approximately 95,000 deaths in the United States each year (1). Binge drinking (five or more drinks on at least one occasion for men or four or mo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Violence and newborn health: estimates for Colombia - Rodr íguez L.
This paper examines the relationship between maternal exposure to violence during pregnancy and newborn birthweight. The identification strategy exploits variation in the timing of exposure and in the geographic location of expectant mothers across Colombi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Maternal medicine networks
This service specification covers the provision of maternal medicine networks, which provide pre-pregnancy, antenatal and postnatal care for women who have significant medical problems that pre-date or arise in pregnancy or the puerperium. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 18, 2021 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pregnant women at risk from NHS workers ’ mixed messages over safety of jab
Expectant mothers tell helpline that midwives are advising them against vaccines despite threat posed by virus•Coronavirus – latest updates•See all our coronavirus coveragePregnant women are being advised by some health professionals not to have the Covid vaccine despitean edict from the NHS that they should encourage them to get the jab. One in six of the most critically ill Covid patients requiring life-saving care are unvaccinated pregnant women,figures released last week show.Yet messages sent to the Vaccines and Pregnancy helpline, launched on 20 August to help pregnant women navigate information about...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Summers Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Pregnancy Coronavirus UK news NHS Society Health Science Source Type: news

Is a Cambridge president right in warning her students against putting off pregnancy?
When Eve Simmons was a 14-year-old at school, everyone in her year was handed a robotic doll for a three-day experiment in caring for a baby, which she abandoned after only three hours. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Unanimously Recommended for Emergency Use Authorization by U.S. FDA Advisory Committee
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., October 15, 2021 – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) (the Company) today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) unanimously voted 19-0 to recommend Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for adults aged 18 and older at least two months following initial vaccination with the single-shot vaccine. The vote was based on findings from two Company clinical trials, including the Phase 3 ENSEMBLE 2 study, which evaluated a booster dose of the Johnson &...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

COVID-19 pandemic increased pregnant women's risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure
A new study from Boston University found rates of gestational diabetes rose by 12% from 88 cases per 1,000 deliveries in 2019 compared to 98.9 per 1,000 delivereis in 2020 (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk for pregnancy complications higher during COVID-19 pandemic, study finds
A pregnant person's risk for complications, such as gestational diabetes, gestational high blood pressure, poor fetal growth and preeclampsia, increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, a study shows. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Babies born to mothers with diabetes at higher risk for psychiatric disorders, study finds
Children born to mothers with diabetes during pregnancy are at higher risk for mental health disorders as they grow into adulthood, a study published Thursday by JAMA Network Open found. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Janssen Showcases Commitment to Advancing Scientific Innovation in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) at CHEST 2021 Annual Meeting
TITUSVILLE, N.J. – October 14, 2021 – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today 11* abstracts highlighting data from its pulmonary hypertension (PH) portfolio will be presented at CHEST 2021, the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, held virtually October 17-20.Data presentations from eight abstracts will provide additional evidence supporting the role of objective multiparameter risk assessment approaches in helping to optimize treatment and care for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), as well as the impact of earlier and comprehensive therapy with ...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - October 14, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

Namibia: Kavango West Concerned Over High Teenage Pregnancy Rate
[New Era] The Kavango West directorate of education has called for an increase in psychosocial support for the counselling needs at schools where teenage pregnancies continue to keep learners away from class. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 14, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Nigeria: Maternal Mental Health - a Reflection On World Mental Health Day 2021
[Nigeria Health Watch] A woman's body undergoes many changes through pregnancy, birth and postpartum that affect her in several ways. Until recently there was limited discussion around the psychological effects of pregnancy and childbirth on the mental health of women. According to the World Health Organisation, one in three to one in five women in developing countries, and about one in ten in developed countries, face significant mental health challenges during pregnancy and after childbirth. High rates of mental health challen (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 14, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Homicide Remains a Top Cause of Maternal Mortality Homicide Remains a Top Cause of Maternal Mortality
The prevalence of homicide was 16% higher in pregnant women or postpartum women than nonpregnant or nonpostpartum women in the United States.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Covid-19 Vaccines Are Safe, Expectant Women Say
[Nation] Expectant women who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are urging their colleagues to disregard the misinformation about the jabs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 14, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Namibia: Sex for Money Fuels Kavango West Teen Pregnancies
[Namibian] The Directorate of Education in Kavango West says sex in exchange for money and a negative attitude towards the use of condoms by young boys are some of the contributing factors to pupil pregnancy at schools in the region. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - October 14, 2021 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news