The Pros and Cons of a Midwife Birth

One hundred years ago, most children were born at home. Now, an overwhelming majority of childbirths in America take place in a hospital. Yet, this trend is coming full-circle, as an increasing number of women are opting for a more natural birthing experience, either at home or in a birthing center, under the supervision of […]

New Data on Twins and Multiple Births

Hospitals provide data on births to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and one thing they keep track of is the number of twins and other multiple births born every year.  It takes some time to tabulate the information, but the data for 2014 indicate that the percentage of twin births is higher […]

Nutrition During Pregnancy

A Healthy Diet during Pregnancy A baby’s successful development—from single cell to full term, depends in part on proper nutrition. In general, a mother who eats a healthy diet will serve her baby well, and a healthy diet before pregnancy is, in most respects, the same type of diet that should be adhered to after […]

3D Printing for Pregnancy

3D printing is the current technology darling. Becoming more and more cost effective, it can be used to make toys, and now, it even has medical applications. This technology is currently being used to make: Tissues with blood vessels Inexpensive prosthetic parts Medicine Custom-made organ sensors Medical models (including models of cancerous tumors) Heart valves […]

Recent Data on Vaginal Births After Cesarean (VBAC)

A topic that comes up regularly is whether (and when) it is safe to have a vaginal birth after cesarean, known in medical parlance as a VBAC. This means that a woman has a cesarean section for one pregnancy, and in a subsequent pregnancy delivers vaginally after a period of labor. According to the Mayo […]

Amniocentesis: Risks and Benefits

Amniocentesis (also called an amniotic fluid test or AFT) is a prenatal test which can provide a wealth of information about the developing baby. Medical providers can determine the baby’s gender, test for genetic abnormalities, and detect fetal infections. It is typically done between 14 and 16 weeks, when indicated. It can also predict fetal […]

High-Risk Pregnancies

Doctors who manage high-risk pregnancies, called maternal-fetal specialists or perinatologists, have specialized training in handling the common and uncommon problems that accompany many pregnancies. Sometimes they are called in to deal with existing problems; other times they manage pregnancies from the beginning because an expectant mother may have an especially high risk of developing complications. […]