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A Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

A Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties don’t have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries.

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Why heart disease is often missed in women: The myth of the ‘widowmaker’

Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for women throughout the world. Approximately seven times more women will die from heart disease than breast cancer. Even in women with breast cancer, dying from heart disease is a leading cause of death.

February 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

As marijuana laws relax, doctors say pregnant women shouldn’t partake

The number of women in the United States who use marijuana during pregnancy has been difficult to gauge, partly because some women are reluctant to tell their doctors; at least 24 states consider substance use during pregnancy a form of child abuse, so divulging such information can have serious consequences. Still, a number of studies nationally suggest there’s been a sharp jump in pot use among pregnant women. Younger mothers, especially, were reported using marijuana during pregnancy.

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

UW study explains how fetal infections could lead to adult heart disease

Inflammation due to infection inside the pregnant womb can alter the activity of genes essential for normal fetal heart formation. 

January 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

Washingtion infant mortality rate below U.S. rate but rates vary between groups and from county to county

The overall infant mortality rate in the US–the number of children who die during the first year of life for every 1,000 live births–was 5.90 in 2015. Washington’s rate was significantly lower, 4.8, giving the state the 8th lowest infant mortality rate in the nation.

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

A poor neighborhood in Chicago looks to Cuba to fight infant mortality

Cuba, a poor country, may seem an unlikely role model for American health care but its infant mortality rate, at 4.3 per 1,000, is lower than the United States’ 5.7 per 1,000 and much better than the rate of 14.5 per 1000 rate seen in the Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, comparable to war-torn Syria.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Severe complications for women during childbirth are skyrocketing — and could often be prevented

Severe complications for women during childbirth are skyrocketing — and could often be prevented

The rate of life-threatening complications for new mothers in the U.S. has more than doubled in two decades due to preexisting conditions, medical errors and unequal access to care.

December 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

The invisible infertile: how cultural beliefs can shape statistics

An estimated 15% of couples worldwide are infertile. But measuring infertility across populations is not easy, especially when some social groups are under the radar of survey data sources.

December 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

New maternal mortality strategy relies on ‘medical homes’

The medical homes provide the most advanced obstetrical care, but they also seek to alleviate nonmedical circumstances that could put mother and child in jeopardy, such as addiction, domestic abuse and a lack of secure housing and healthy food.

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

How Obamacare changed the love lives of young adults

The ACA provision that allows children to stay on their parents’ health plan until age 26 has led young adults to delay decisions to start a family. Health insurance eligibility also seems to have influenced choices women made about contraception, leading to a decrease in abortions as well as birth rates.

November 23, 2017 | By | Reply More