The Lancet Campaign to End Preventable Stillbirths

Of the 2.6 million stillbirths every year 98% happen in low and middle-income countries two thirds in fact in Africa and Asia. Shockingly also in high-income countries this is a disproportionate burden. So for example in the States there are more than 20,000 still births every year, more than the number of babies who die […]

Why we need to talk about childbirth in the U.S.

My name is Patrisse Cullors and I am a senior fellow at MomsRising. Phew. So many women across the country, especially Black women, face some of the most horrific circumstances when showing up to the hospital to give birth. Here is my story. I remember everything like it was yesterday. My water broke and it […]

What is a healthy pregnancy?

– Generally, as a research scientist, I think of a healthy pregnancy as one that is 40 weeks long It’s within the range of a normal weight, and it has reasonable Apgar scores, which are a test that they administer to the baby after birth to make sure it’s breathing correctly. For pregnant women, you […]

Sex During Pregnancy

When they ask me “how can I get this baby to be born?” and “I’m ready to get the baby to be born” and my answer is well the same way the baby got in there. My name is Greta Gill I’m a certified nurse midwife. Lovemaking I will I often tell women when they […]

Caffeine in Pregnancy

oops, my daily cup of Joe! Hi this is Monique Schoenhage speaking, I’m a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician here at Tucson Medical Center and this is What Do You Want to Know. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about caffeine in pregnancy. whoops my daily cup of Joe! My favorite thing in the […]

Episiotomy Repair: Animation of the closure procedure

Repair of a Mediolateral Episiotomy: a simplified animation of the closure procedure After episiotomy and delivery, the following structures must be repaired: The vaginal mucosa The separated perineal muscle The skin The vaginal mucosa is closed first, with a continuous row of sutures at the apex of the wound. Next, the muscle layer is brought […]

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Incarcerated & Pregnant | Promoting the Health of Mothers and Babies

At a state prison, a parenting group facilitator asks a room full of new and expecting incarcerated mothers: “What is your biggest fear about being a parent?” And one mother said, “My biggest fear about being a parent is that I am going to be no better to my baby then my mama was to […]

Inducing labor – nipple stimulation

Another natural way to get labor going is to do nipple stimulation. My name is Greta Gill I’m a certified nurse midwife. When you do a massage or roll or use a breast pump on the nipple it will release oxytocin. Oxytocin is the hormone that causes your uterus to contract and you have plenty […]

Caesarean Section: Closing the uterine incision

Once the uterine cavity has been cleaned, the uterus is closed So at this point the stitches placed at a right angle of the uterus and that is tied. The angles of the uterus are very important in closure because that’s the point which if not properly sutured could give rise to bleeding after surgery […]