Birth Ambassadors: Doulas and the Re-Emergence of Woman-Supported Birth in America by Christine H. Morton and Elayne G. Clift is a detailed look at childbirth practices that zeroes in on the difficult and sometimes contradictory roles played by members of hospital labor-and-delivery teams.
Increasing support for family policy among lawmakers is encouraging—but what about the commitment of the private sector?
This week, we look at new research about maternal and child health, including reports on prenatal screening tests, the importance of the father’s age, and cesarean sections.
The heartbreaking cases of both Robyn Benson and Marlise Munoz illustrate the need to defer to families and medical professionals, rather than bureaucrats and lawmakers, in making end-of-life decisions for pregnant persons.
Attorneys say the sex of the now-22-week-old fetus inside Marlise Munoz’s body cannot be determined due to “deformed” lower extremities, and it also suffers from hydrocephalus and an as yet undetermined heart problem.
The family of a pregnant Texas woman who is on life support against her wishes say they want to educate the public about an advance directives law that has put them through “pure hell.”
A Texas hospital says it has no choice but to keep a pregnant woman on life support until the fetus she is carrying can be delivered, sometime next year.
Philadelphia’s dire performance can be attributed to the collision of two major factors: widespread, profound poverty and a sharp reduction in the number of hospitals providing maternity care.
A new study shows that the cost of having twins is five times higher than the cost of having one baby; triplets or more can cost as much as $400,000. The researchers suggest this is yet another reason to reduce the number of embryos transferred during in vitro fertilization.
The new definitions endorsed by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists hopefully will be a catalyst for a cultural shift toward allowing labor to begin on its own.