Category: Research Updates

Five things we learned in Winter 2013…

Just in case you missed some of these as we slowed down for the holidays, I am offering a quick trip through five papers from towards the end of 2013 whose contents, for one reason or another, might be worthy…

Induction, augmentation and autism…

A study published in Obstetrical and Gynecological Survey this week which analysed birth and educational records has shown that children born to mothers who were induced, augmented or both had increased odds of having autism (Gregory et al 2014).  As…

Cochrane VBAC review updated…

The Cochrane review on VBAC was updated a couple of days ago, although there was no change to the conclusions (below).  The reviewers conclude that, while both planned cesarean section and planned VBAC for women with a prior caesarean birth…

The importance of BO…

I once found a template in a certain version of a popular word processing programme that offered a checklist of things you might want to pack and take to the hospital when you went in to have your baby.  I…

Yay for the M@NGO Trial…

…because it demonstrates that caseload midwifery care can lower caesarean section rates …because it demonstrates this in women of ALL risk (not just low risk) …and because we have never been in more need of knowledge about things that might…

Rethinking the obesity risk

Research published yesterday in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology shows that obese women who have previously had at least one baby are less likely to experience obstetric complications during labour and birth than has been thought.  …

Anti-D choices remain limited

A recent paper published in Obstetrics and Gynecology (whose abstract is featured below) has analysed the cost effectiveness of noninvasive RhD typing with cell-free fetal DNA and concluded that this does not offer any significant cost benefit. In other words,…

Pregnancy length varies even more than we thought…

Research published in Human Reproduction this week has added further insight around so-called post-term pregnancy by showing that variability around pregnancy length is even greater than has previously been thought.   The findings also add weight to the idea that, on…