Nation’s Ob-Gyns Take Aim at Preventing Cesareans

http://www.acog.org/About_ACOG/News_Room/News_Releases/2014/Nations_Ob-Gyns_Take_Aim_at_Preventing_Cesareans New Guideline Recommends Allowing Women to Labor Longer to Help Avoid Cesarean February 19, 2014 Washington, DC -- Allowing most women with low-risk pregnancies to spend more time in the first stage of labor may avoid unnecessary cesareans, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). In a jointly-issued …

Length of pregnancy can vary by up to five weeks, scientists discover

The length of a pregnancy naturally varies between different women by as much as five weeks, scientists have discovered for the first time. Although it has always been known that human pregnancies usually last between 37 and 42 weeks, the variation has previously been attributed to imperfect methods of estimating due dates. A woman's due …

Miscarriage Causes, Rates Widely Misunderstood, Study Shows

Miscarriage Causes, Rates Widely Misunderstood, Study Shows Most men and women wrongly believe that miscarriage is highly uncommon, and many do not understand its causes, according to a national survey analyzing perceptions of miscarriage. The widespread lack of understanding may contribute to feelings of isolation and guilt among individuals who have experienced a pregnancy loss, …