Maternity

Maternal hemorrhage in 2020: Is your team ready?

Readiness, recognition, response, and reporting. Takeaways: Implementing a standardized safety bundle can reduce the likelihood of patient harm from hemorrhage. Working as a team...

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: Rethinking the term “morning sickness”

“Morning sickness” is a symptom of pregnancy suffered by many women, but the accuracy of the term has been called into question by many...

Preterm delivery identified as a risk factor of ischemic heart disease

Preterm delivery, defined as any birth occurring at less than 37 weeks, occurs in about 9.6 births in the U.S. annually. A study published...

Enhancing the obstetrical patient’s experience during COVID-19

In a busy New York City hospital obstetrical unit, I felt I was standing at the shoreline awaiting the COVID-19 tidal wave to come...

The silent benefits of COVID-19 through the eyes of an OB nurse

COVID-19 has brought a halt to our normal routines. Vulnerable people are encouraged to stay home. Essential workers are required to report to work...

First genetic test for Fragile X Syndrome

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved marketing for the very first genetic test to help diagnose Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). FXS is...

New study reveals insight into prevalence of mental health conditions in young mothers

A study recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the prevalence of mental illness in young mothers (younger than 21). The researchers...

Study highlights increases in amount of out-of-pocket spending for maternity care

A recent study published in Health Affairs highlights how much the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses for maternity care have increased over time. The study examined the...

Caring for infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome

Standardized care and compassion are key to successful treatment. Takeaways Evidence-based standardized protocols are needed to provide the best treatment for the mother-infant dyad and...

Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from...