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As the New Year approaches, a plethora of medical articles are coming out with reviews of what has been recommended in the past and perhaps should be changed in the future. One of these was published in the December 1st issue of JAMA. It dealt with the relationship between cesarean delivery rates and maternal and…

As women spend more and more years achieving education, establishing and advancing their careers, and taking time (and often multiple relationships) to find the right partner, they are likely to postpone having children. And if this is not a personal issue, it might be for your daughters. We’ve heard a lot about the issue of…

When a woman delivers at “early term” i.e. between 37 and 38 weeks, most of the time she and her physician are not overly concerned. The baby usually does well and is discharged to go home with the Mom. A new article in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology may diminish this lack of…

Many of my friends and patients have asked me about my opinion of the video that showed a  Planed Parenthood employee discussing reimbursement for recovery of fetal tissue. I tried to explain the fact that the video was misleading and was edited in order to make Planned Parenthood seem as if it was conducting callous…

Over the counter, extremely sensitive pregnancy tests now allow a woman to find out that she is pregnant even before she has missed a period. And if she then gets a “late period”, she realizes it represents a failed early pregnancy. Miscarriage is extremely prevalent, occurring in up to 20% of clinically recognized pregnancies (and…

Although I rarely write articles about pregnancy, I couldn’t pass on a study that appeared in the April issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The authors from McGill University tested Vitamin D levels in a group of pregnant women in Halfax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City (not sunny places).169 of these women…

Five days a week the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ( ACOG) emails its fellows (yes I’m a Fellow) a summary of headlines that can impact our specialty. In Thursday’s section on women’s health and research, they highlighted a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. (There are so many…

Next week after we celebrate Mother’s Day, I will report on the state of the world’s mothers from data that was just released by “Save the Children”. But this week, I thought I would be more uplifting and talk about the advances in freezing eggs which can allow women to become mothers when they otherwise…

Anywhere from 12 to 15% of early pregnancies which have been detected with pregnancy tests are lost. Perhaps more occur in women who simply think their periods were late and didn’t run tests to see if they were pregnant. Miscarriage rates also increase as couples get older. A delay in trying to get pregnant again…

I used to say that home delivery was for pizza. It was a comment that was sort of cute, questionably appropriate, and currently considered “not-with-it” and even offensive. Historically, it was of course the norm. In 1940 (yes, before I was born) 44 % of births in the United States States occurred outside the hospital…

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