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Patient-Specific 3D Virtual Birth Simulator Helps Doctors & Midwives Prepare for Complicated Births

The progression of 3D technology is laboring towards taking the guesswork out of childbirth. Standard tools such as ultrasound have been given a …

Older mothers placing more strain on midwives

Older, more overweight mothers are placing an increased strain on midwives who believe they are already conducting close to 130,000 deliveries a year for which they do not have sufficient resources, the Royal College of Midwives has said.<p>Births in England peaked at almost 700,000 in 2012, the …

Midwives and nurses are as good as docs -- and sometimes better, WHO finds

Health news<p>Midwives, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other non-doctors do as good a job as MDs in the care they deliver — and patients often like them better, a World Health Organization team reported on Thursday.<p>These non-physicians are especially effective in delivering babies, …

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Reintegrating Sexuality and Birth Means a New Style of Education

That Sexuality and Birth are interconnected is indisputable; however, our existing social conversation has divorced itself so completely from this …

It's good for women to suffer the pain of a natural birth, says medical chief

More women should endure the agony of labour because pain-relieving drugs, including epidural injections, carry serious medical risks, diminish childbirth as a rite of passage and undermine the mother's bond with her child.<p>These claims from Dr Denis Walsh, one of the country's most influential …

Science & Sensibility : Blog Home

Recent Articles<p>As we round the corner into August, World Breastfeeding Week is on the horizon early in the month. Additionally, it is Black …

Pregnancy

Our most read today - brain scans of porn addicts: what's wrong with this picture? Scan images show that watching online 'adult' sites can alter our grey matter, which may lead to a change in sexual tastes: http://gu.com/p/3j4dg/tw Don McPhee for the Guardian

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More Proof That Midwives Should Be a Viable Option for Pregnant Women

There’s a new study from the Cochrane Collection about midwife-led care for pregnant women in the United Kingdom. Researchers looked at 13 different …

Midwife-led care linked to fewer premature births

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women cared for by midwives throughout pregnancy tended to have less-complicated births and were less likely to go into labor early than women getting standard medical care, according to a new review of more than a dozen studies.<p>Pregnancy care that was led or entirely …

Money May Be Motivating Doctors To Do More C-Sections

Obstetricians perform more cesarean sections when there are financial incentives to do so, according to a new study that explores links between economic incentives and medical decision-making during childbirth.<p>About 1 in 3 babies born today is delivered via C-section, compared to 1 in 5 babies …

Midwifery Benefits? Improved Outcomes For Moms Who See Midwives, Review Finds

More than 90 percent of births in the U.S. are supervised by doctors, but a growing minority of women rely on midwives to provide their primary care. A new review, published by The Cochrane Library on Tuesday, lends support to that model, finding that consistent midwife care throughout pregnancy is …

Spin out lessons from Independent Midwives UK

Next year Independent Midwives UK (IMUK) hopes to start delivering youngsters who could become known as the first 'big society' babies in the UK.<p>The business plan seems sound; a social enterprise employing and run by top-level midwives delivering gold standard one-to-one care. That brings very low …

Independent midwives: why we can't afford to lose them

In February 2009 I gave birth to my second child at home. I had no idea as I feasted on post-partum pancakes (not made of placenta) and wondered whether to fully carry out my birth plan ("martini after the birth"), that I was in the presence of an endangered species. Or that were I to do the same …

Smoking is so uncool

I have officially become one of Those People. Yes, I’ve begun talking to strangers in the street. At airports. Shopping centres. Cafes. Usually, it’s …

Independent midwives – and home births – are under threat

I was accused on national radio last week of risking my son's life by giving birth at home. I had been talking on the BBC's Woman's Hour about the threat to independent midwives, who work outside the NHS and offer a natural approach to birth. A change of UK law in October will ban any healthcare …

Insomniacs' brains lose focus, scans suggest

<b>Brain scans of people who say they have insomnia have shown differences in brain function compared with people who get a full night's sleep.</b><p>Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, said the poor sleepers struggled to focus part of their brain in memory tests.<p>Other experts said that …

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5 Superfoods To Taste This September

September is the month we hold onto the last of what summer can offer and get excited for the freshness of fall. The superfoods below will help you savor refreshing warm-weather flavors <i>and</i> look forward to the comforting tastes of autumn. Scroll through for creative ideas to prepare these in-season …

Drinking Alcohol During Early Adulthood Raises Women's Breast Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Teens and young adult women may really want to lay off the alcohol: A new study shows a link between drinking in young adulthood and increased risk of breast cancer.<p>Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that the more alcohol a woman drinks between her …

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.<p>Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." …

Breastfeeding for six months can delay breast cancer onset by a decade

Breastfeeding is so protective against breast cancer that it can delay the onset of the disease by 10 years – but only among women who do so for over six months and do not smoke, new research has found.<p>The authors of a Spanish study of 504 female breast cancer patients aged 19 to 91, published in …