labor and delivery

ACOG Guidelines at a Glance: External Cephalic Version
ACOG Guidelines at a Glance: External Cephalic VersionExpert commentary on Practice Bulletin No. 161: External Cephalic Version
Can low-dose estrogen bring vasomotor symptom relief?A study examines the efficacy of lower-than-conventional doses of estrogen in relieving vasomotor symptoms. Plus: What are the latest ACOG recommendations on water births?
Aggressive price growth pushes healthcare spending upRise in use of outpatient care and professional services contributed to quicker growth in spending for the privately insured over previous years.
Don’t fear the patient with a birth planOn L&D units throughout the country, more and more women are being admitted with birth plans. Birth plans have become an increasingly common part of women’s prenatal preparation.
Is the 39-week rule good or bad? (VIDEO)For Contemporary OB/GYN, Dr Bobby Lazzara looks at the question of whether reducing term births before 39 weeks' gestation leads to a significant increase in the rate of stillbirths and how it may impact practice.
Oral prostaglandin safer than vaginal for induction?A study in Sweden looked at safety and effectiveness.
Morbidly obese gravidas: Labor or not?Prior to the 1980s, because labor after a previous cesarean delivery was believed to be dangerous, many obstetricians recommended repeat cesareans for all subsequent births to women with a previous such delivery. Since then, TOLAC has been advocated as a reasonable alternative for women with a previous cesarean delivery via a low transverse uterine incision.
Fewer elective early term deliveries, more stillbirths?In the past decade, the rate of preterm delivery in the United States has declined 11% from its peak of 12.8% in 2006.
CDC urges Zika virus precautions in L&D settingThe CDC offers new guidance on Zika virus and the labor and delivery unit. Plus: How are out-of-hospital trends moving? Also, a look at whether or not planned cesareans mean poorer outcomes for children.
Why a longer labor could cut cesarean delivery ratesA new study wonders if allowing a longer labor could help reduce rates of cesarean delivery. Plus: Does placing a cervical pessary prevent preterm birth? Also, a look at why teenaged LARC users aren't using condoms for STI prevention.