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 …

It’s science: Pregnancy can be contagious among friends

https://www.mother.ly/news/its-science-pregnancy-can-be-contagious-among-friends If it baby announcements seem to come all at once from a close group of friends, research shows there may be a reason: Pregnancy can be contagious. “A friend's childbearing positively influences an individual's risk of becoming a parent,” concluded the authors of a 2014 study published in the journal American Sociological Association. For …

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 …