In Burundi, sexual health education helps youth protect themselves, their futures
BUJUMBURA, Burundi –“During my youth, I had to abort four times,” said Cecile Nshimirimana*, a student in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. The procedures were illegal – in Burundi, abortion is permitted only to save a woman’s life.“I was afraid for my life when [on one occasion] it was dark and the doctor had only two candles to light [the room],” she recalled. She had not learned how to protect herself from an unintended pregnancy – something that is considered taboo in her conservative community. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Trump administration hammers California over defunct crisis pregnancy center law before March for Life rally
A state law requiring pregnancy centers to provide women with abortion information was struck down by the Supreme Court in June, making the first action by the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division largely symbolic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

In symbolic move, HHS finds California law violated federal conscience protections
A California state law requiring pregnancy centers to provide women with abortion information was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, making the first action by the Department of Health and Human Services' new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division largely symbolic. (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - January 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Carolyn Y. Johnson Source Type: news

Oversleeping during pregnancy may be risk factor for stillbirth
Sleeping for more than nine hours per night, without disturbance, during pregnancy may be associated with late stillbirth, according to US researchers. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - January 18, 2019 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Exposure to chemicals during pregnancy is not associated with an increase in blood pressure
(Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal)) New study analyses the health impact of exposure to 21 non-persistent chemicals among pregnant women (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Placentas adapt when mothers have poor diets or low oxygen during pregnancy
(St John's College, University of Cambridge) Cambridge researchers have discovered the placenta regulates how much oxygen and nutrients it transports to babies during challenging pregnancies in the first study of its kind. The placenta is one of the least understood human organs and it is notoriously difficult to study. This new research focused on analysing the placental mitochondria and it is hoped the new findings could lead to tests to determine whether a mother's placenta is functioning properly. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Long periods of undisturbed sleep during pregnancy may be associated with stillbirth
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) Sleeping more than nine hours per night during pregnancy may be associated with late stillbirth, a new Michigan Medicine-led international study suggests. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Opioid Use in Pregnancy Linked to Birth Defects?
Researchers recently found that counties that had higher rates of opioid prescribing had nearly two times more babies born with their intestines outside of their bodies, a condition known as gastroschisis, compared with counties with low opioid prescribing rates. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Birth Control Skin Patch? Doctors Say It Could Be In The Future
BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers are designing a new birth control option for women that would not require a visit to the doctor. To prevent pregnancy, many women have to remember to take a pill every day or have to visit the clinic every few months for an injection or have an IUD or other implant placed by a doctor. (WBZ-TV) Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a long-acting contraceptive skin patch that would be a lot more convenient. It contains microneedles that release hormones into the body for more than a month. A woman could apply it to an arm or leg for a matter of seconds and then remove it because the micr...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Boston News Health Healthwatch Syndicated Local Birth Control Option Dr. Mallika Marshall Source Type: news

Autism begins during pregnancy, may be caused by mercury in dental amalgam and Thimerosal in flu shots, warns science paper
(Natural News) The scientific community has been raising safety concerns about mercury-based products for years, but the use of this toxic chemical persists despite their dire warnings. What’s more alarming is that this hazardous compound is deliberately injected into the human body by way of vaccination. Thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative added to flu vaccine vials, has... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Focusing on usability can limit medical device recalls: Here ’ s how
By Stephanie Van Ness and Rex Palmer of Boston UX Building great software has always been challenging. Building software that safeguards patients while flawlessly controlling sensitive embedded and connected medical devices — from room-sized proton radiation systems to portable automatic external defibrillators (AED) — magnifies the challenge. It should be no surprise that design issues cause many device recalls. So how do you mitigate potential problems when designing a medical device user interface (UI)? Begin with a strong focus on usability. The importance of usability According to ...
Source: Mass Device - January 17, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog Boston UX Source Type: news

Fatimata Sy on Partnering to Expand Access to Contraceptives
By Ruchika Tulshyan, Contributor, The OptimistJanuary 17, 2019Fatimata Sy  talks to The Optimist about her work, the future of family planning, and her own audacious personal goal.When it launched in 2011, theOuagadougou Partnership set an audacious goal for 2020: Increase the number of women using modern contraceptives by at least 2.2 million in nine francophone West African countries.Historically, not many women in the region used contraceptives because of socio-cultural factors and infrastructure challenges. But members of the Partnership were determined to prove that with the right approach, family pla...
Source: IntraHealth International - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: cbishopp Tags: Ouagadougou Partnership Coordination Unit Family Planning & Reproductive Health Source Type: news

Barriers and stigma experienced by gay fathers and their children - Perrin EC, Hurley SM, Mattern K, Flavin L, Pinderhughes EE.
BACKGROUND: Gay men have become fathers in the context of a heterosexual relationship, by adoption, by donating sperm to 1 or 2 lesbian women and subsequently sharing parenting responsibilities, and/or by engaging the services of a surrogate pregnancy carr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Opioid Use in Pregnancy Tied to Severe Birth Defects
THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2019 -- More American infants are being born with their intestines outside of their bodies, and the disturbing trend might be linked to the opioid crisis, health officials reported Thursday. The condition, called gastroschisis, is... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 17, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples
Life in limbo: Fertility clinics, couples struggle with what to do with leftover embryos from pregnancy attempts (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Malawi: Minister Advises Families to Use Contraceptive Methods
[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -Minister of Information and Communications Technology, Henry Mussa has urged families and young people in the country to use contraceptives methods as a way of controlling the country's population. (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - January 17, 2019 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Life in limbo: Leftover embryos vex clinics, couples
Life in limbo: Fertility clinics, couples struggle with what to do with leftover embryos from pregnancy attempts (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Armed forces wives at greater risk of perinatal depression
Pregnant women whose partners are away on military deployment might need specialised support Related items fromOnMedica New dads are no longer to suffer in silence Perinatal mental health services will provide support for fathers Most of UK doesn ’t provide vital perinatal mental healthcare Treatment of vomiting/nausea in pregnancy may be costing NHS £60 million a year Multi-disciplinary care needed to manage obesity in pregnancy, says RCOG (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 17, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mother, 25, claims cutting sugar from her tea led to a miracle pregnancy
Chloe Hodson, of West Midlands, was told she needed to lose weight to have treatment. She lost 1st 7lbs (9.5kg) as PCOS threatened her chances of becoming a mother. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Huge Disparities in C-Sections Highlights Inequalities in Healthcare
[The Conversation Africa] When pregnancy or childbirth go wrong, access to Caesarean section - usually known as C-section - can be the difference between life and death for both the woman and her baby. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 16, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

AGA releases guide to care for women with IBD throughout family planning
(American Gastroenterological Association) The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) announced 'Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) in Pregnancy Clinical Care Pathway - A Report from the American Gastroenterological Association IBD Parenthood Project Working Group' published online today ahead of print. The new pathway creates a standardized work flow among health care providers (HCPs) who treat women with IBD throughout all stages of family planning. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 16, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Pregnancy | Medscape Pregnancy | Medscape
There are many key medical issues related to pregnancy, from preconception to postpartum. This News& Perspectives provides the most current information related to fertility/infertility, pregnancy termination, prenatal care, labor, delivery, and more. (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Resource Center Source Type: news

Societal attitude and behaviours towards women with disabilities in rural Nepal: pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood - Devkota HR, Kett M, Groce N.
This study reviews the attitudes and behaviours in rural Nepalese society towards women with disabilities, their pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood. Society often perceives people with disabilities as different from the norm, and women with d... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

OCD and Emetophobia
The fear of vomiting, or emetophobia, affects people of all ages. It is often seen in childhood and if left untreated, can become debilitating. It is also known to develop during adulthood, perhaps after an associated experience such as a severe stomach illness or episode of vomiting. The consequences of vomit phobia can be extreme, leading to such things as school refusal, social isolation, and job loss. Emetophobia can also take away any joy in life, hindering travel and leisure activities, romantic relationships, and even pregnancy (afraid of morning sickness). To be clear, emetophobia is not just being afraid of throwi...
Source: Psych Central - January 15, 2019 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder emetophobia Nausea Ocd Vomiting Source Type: news

Pregnant woman hallucinated doctors were trying to kill her after she had a stroke
Bridget Chiovari, 28, of Arizona, became delusional and unable to walk after doctors told her to just 'sleep her symptoms off'. She was later diagnosed with a brain  haemorrhage. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Delayed Contraception Leads to Early Unwanted Pregnancy
TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 -- Delayed contraceptive initiation is associated with unwanted pregnancy within three months of sexual debut, according to a study published online Jan. 15 in Pediatrics. Mara E. Murray Horwitz, M.D., M.P.H., from the Harvard... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 15, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Blog: UNISON will always stand with those facing the brunt of this government ’ s brutality
The ongoing chaos over Brexit has – understandably – dominated news headlines for months. Yet as a result, massive failings by this government which affect the lives of millions aren’t getting the attention or the criticism they deserve. I’ve written before about the government’s disastrous handling of Universal Credit which has caused pain, suffering and untold misery.  I’ve been clear – Universal Credit needs to be halted and the problems fixed before more people suffer and lose out. Last Friday, the High Court ruled that in some cases the way the government w...
Source: UNISON Health care news - January 15, 2019 Category: UK Health Authors: Dave Prentis Tags: General secretary's blog News Universal credit Source Type: news

Using Sports Psychology for Childbirth
I wanted to face childbirth with an athlete ’ s strength, confidence and determination. So I turned to sports psychology for advice. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: SERENA SOLOMON Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Exercise Psychology and Psychologists Athletics and Sports New York City Marathon Source Type: news

Pregnancy: Weight gain difficult to influence through lifestyle counseling
(Technical University of Munich (TUM)) If a pregnant woman gains excessive weight, it can pose a problem for both the mother and child. As a solution, regular counseling appointments have been proposed. Based on results with 2286 women, a team of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in cooperation with the Competence Center for Nutrition (KErn) has now shown that although counseling appointments as part of routine prenatal care can encourage a healthier lifestyle, it does not reduce weight gain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Screen Pregnant Women for HBV at First Prenatal Visit
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft recommendation statement and draft evidence review on Jan. 8 that discussed screening pregnant women for hepatitis B virus infection. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 14, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Exposure to high caffeine levels in the womb can increase a child's risk of excess weight, researchers find
(Natural News) Most mothers would do anything to make sure that their children get to enjoy healthy lives once they’re born. According to a recent study published in BMJ Open, one of the ways mothers can ensure their child’s health is by reducing their caffeine intake during pregnancy. This is because moderate to high caffeine levels in the body increase... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

AHA: Why Do IVF Pregnancies With Frozen Embryos Raise Preeclampsia Risk?
MONDAY, Jan. 14, 2019 (American Heart Association) -- For women who use in vitro fertilization to get pregnant, particularly those who find success with frozen embryo transfers, recent studies have found they have an increased risk of preeclampsia,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 14, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Relationship between demographic factors and violence during pregnancy in Iran: a meta-analysis study - Bahmani T, Sayehmiri K, Daliri S, Karimi A.
Objective: Domestic violence is the most common form of violence against women and a major health problem worldwide. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between demographic factors and domestic violence during pregnancy through met... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Isn't pregnancy supposed to be a joyful time? A cross-sectional study on the types of domestic violence women experience during pregnancy in Malawi - Chasweka R, Chimwaza A, Maluwa A.
This study aimed at identifying types of abuse women experience duri... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Recent Canadian efforts to develop population-level pregnancy intervention studies to mitigate effects of natural disasters and other tragedies - Olson DM, Br émault-Phillips S, King S, Metz GAS, Montesanti S, Olson JK, Hyde A, Pike A, Hoover T, Linder R, Joggerst B, Watts R.
The preconception, pregnancy and immediate postpartum and newborn periods are times for mothers and their offspring when they are especially vulnerable to major stressors - those that are sudden and unexpected and those that are chronic. Their adverse effe... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

A follow-up study on the continuity and spillover effects of intimate partner violence during pregnancy on postnatal child abuse - Kita S, Chan KL, Tobe H, Hayashi M, Umeshita K, Matsunaga M, Uehara N, Kamibeppu K.
This study identifies the continuity and spillover effects of IPV during pregnancy on IPV and child abuse and neglect (CAN) at 1... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Personal Health: A Device That Gives Parents of Stillborn Babies Time to Say Goodbye
The CuddleCot helps preserve the body of a deceased newborn for days, allowing parents to hold them and take pictures. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JANE E. BRODY Tags: Babies and Infants Stillbirth Infant Mortality Hospitals Parenting Pregnancy and Childbirth Depression (Mental) Source Type: news

Cara De La Hoyde reveals incredible before and after pictures of non-surgical lift
Exclusive: Cara De La Hoyde has revealed the impressive results of a non-surgical lift, which has transformed the jawline she says was left 'bloated' by pregnancy, ahead of her wedding this year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Shedding Light on Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America
The post Shedding Light on Forced Child Pregnancy and Motherhood in Latin America appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health)
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mariela Jara Tags: Development & Aid Featured Gender Gender Violence Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Latin America & the Caribbean Population Poverty & SDGs Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

What Are Potential Complications of Large for Gestational Birthweight?
Discussion Infant size at birth is determined mainly by genetics, but also pregnancy and environmental factors. Large for gestational age (LGA) is defined as a mean weight> 2 standard deviations above the weight for gestational age or above the 90th percentile on growth charts (or ~4000 g on WHO growth charts). Macrosomia is a term used for a term infant who is> 4000g. Risk factors for LGA infants includes: Male infant Maternal Genetic disposition Hispanic ethnicity Diabetic Multiparity or grand parity Obesity History of previous LGA infant Prenatal ultrasound is very helpful for antenatal management. First tri...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 14, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

'Eating for two' during pregnancy will make you fat in middle age:
A study by the University of California San Diego, provides clues to why some women, including Pippa Matthews have stayed slim despite having families. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

911 audio shows shock, panic after comatose woman gave birth
Dramatic 911 audio shows panicking staff members at a long-term care facility scrambled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state amid their shock to learn she was pregnant (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Up to a Year After Pregnancy, Race Disparities in Stress, Recovery Persist Up to a Year After Pregnancy, Race Disparities in Stress, Recovery Persist
A year after giving birth, African-American mothers may have more signs of physical and mental stress that can raise the risk of chronic disease, compared with white or Latina women, a small U.S. study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

911 audio shows shock, panic after comatose woman gave birth
Dramatic 911 audio shows panicking staff members at a long-term care facility scrambled to save a baby born to an Arizona woman in a vegetative state amid their shock to learn she was pregnant (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Latest: 911 call reveals staff's shock over pregnancy
Audio from a 911 call reveals workers on duty at a private care facility on the day an Arizona woman in a vegetative state gave birth were in complete shock about her pregnancy as they tried to save the newborn's life (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Impact of intention and feeling toward being pregnant on postpartum depression: the Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS) - Baba S, Kimura T, Ikehara S, Honjo K, Eshak ES, Sato T, Iso H, Kawamoto T, Saito H, Kishi R, Yaegashi N, Hashimoto K, Mori C, Ito S, Yamagata Z, Inadera H, Kamijima M, Nakayama T, Iso H, Shima M, Hirooka Y, Suganuma N, Kusuhara K, Katoh T.
Pregnancy intention is reported to be associated with the risk of postpartum depression (PPD), but the impact of feelings toward being pregnant on PPD is unknown. We aimed to examine whether feelings toward being pregnant are associated with PPD at 1 month... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

From a $300 breast massager to a pregnancy band: The future of parenting revealed at CES
The Las Vegas CES show's growing 'family tech' sector encompasses products that range from artificially intelligent toys and baby monitors to internet-connected breast pumps. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Assistant manager carried a baby who was was destined to die so her organs could be donated  
Krysta Davis, 23, and her partner  Derek Lovett, 26, of Cleveland, Tennessee, were told 18 weeks into her pregnancy that the baby was suffering from the severe birth defect anencephaly. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Adverse Birth Outcomes Up for Women With H1N1 Flu in ICU
FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 -- Pregnant women with 2009 H1N1 influenza admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) have an increased risk for adverse birth outcomes, according to a study published online Jan. 9 in Birth Defects Research. Kim Newsome, M.P.H.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 11, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Mom-to-Be's Flu Can Harm Her Unborn Baby
FRIDAY, Jan. 11, 2019 -- Pregnant women who get a flu shot protect not only themselves, but also their developing baby, health officials report. When a mom-to-be gets the flu, she can be so sick she needs to be admitted to a hospital's intensive... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 11, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news