Prolonged second-stage labor may carry risks June 12, 2014By Miranda HesterAccording to a new retrospective study in Obstetrics & Gynecology, second-stage labor that lasts more than 2 hours may increase the risk of complications. Amniotic fluid volume: When and how to take actionThe correct response to oligohydramnios and polyhydramnios hinges on timing, severity, and comorbidity. SMFM Consult--Delayed Umbilical Cord ClampingThe latest data on optimal timing of umbilical cord clamping, risks for maternal morbidity, and situations in which risks outweigh potential benefits. Point-Counterpoint: Placental examinationFour experts discuss the guidelines from the College of American Pathologists regarding placental examination. 4 ways to lower your risk of an obstetric malpractice suitKnow your limitations, document, train, and communicate, says this MFM specialist who has served as an expert witness. Surrogacy in India: Boom or bane? February 01, 2014By Susan C. OlmsteadGestational surrogacy in India is on the rise. How will this help or harm American couples and Indian surrogates? Defending an obstetric case the second time around January 01, 2014By Andrew I Kaplan EsqA child's disabilities are found to be unrelated to the events that occurred at her birth. Clinician to Clinician: Bringing operative vaginal delivery into the 21st centuryThe use of forceps and the vacuum extractor shouldn't be allowed to become a lost art. SMFM Consult--Prior non-lower segment uterine scarFrom the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, a clear plan for when to schedule cesarean delivery in women with uterine scars from surgery or prior CD. ACOG task force on hypertension in pregnancy--A step forward in managementIn his final editorial of 2013, Dr. Lockwood comments on the recommendations of the ACOG Task Force on Hypertension in Pregnancy.