Give bicarbonate to pregnant women to ease delivery – new study

Fascinating! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/01/17/give-bicarbonate-pregnant-women-ease-delivery-new-study/ Women struggling in labour should be given bicarbonate of soda to boost their chances of a safe and natural birth, a study suggests. British researchers say the commonly available chemical, given in drink form, rectifies acidity around the womb and could significantly reduce the number of women forced to undergo emergency caesarean sections. (click link …

The surprising factor behind a spike in C-sections

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multimedia-article/csections-delivery-risk-podcast/   Cesarean delivery of a baby—or C-section—is the most commonly performed surgery in the world. Rising C-section rates are a problem all over the world—but it’s particularly notable in the United States. C-sections have skyrocketed in the U.S. since the mid-1970s. In just one generation, this country’s C-section rate has increased 500%. One in …

Your Biggest C-Section Risk May Be Your Hospital

https://www.consumerreports.org/c-section/your-biggest-c-section-risk-may-be-your-hospital/ Consumer Reports finds that your risk of a cesarean section can be more than nine times higher depending on the hospital you choose. The most common major surgery performed in the U.S isn’t to remove an appendix or replace a knee. It’s to deliver babies by cesarean section, or C-section. Roughly one out of …