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Beatriz Paulina Ayala Quintanilla, Wendy E Pollock, Susan J McDonald, Angela J Taft
INTRODUCTION: Preventing and reducing violence against women (VAW) and maternal mortality are Sustainable Development Goals. Worldwide, the maternal mortality ratio has fallen about 44% in the last 25 years, and for one maternal death there are many women affected by severe acute maternal morbidity (SAMM) requiring management in the intensive care unit (ICU). These women represent the most critically ill obstetric patients of the maternal morbidity spectrum and should be studied to complement the review of maternal mortality...
March 14, 2018: BMJ Open
Efrain Riveros-Perez, Amy C Hermesch, Linda A Barbour, Joy L Hawkins
Aplastic anemia is a hematologic condition occasionally presenting during pregnancy. This pathological process is associated with significant maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Obstetric and anesthetic management is challenging, and treatment requires a coordinated effort by an interdisciplinary team, in order to provide safe care to these patients. In this review, we describe the current state of the literature as it applies to the complexity of aplastic anemia in pregnancy, focusing on pathophysiologic aspects of the disease in pregnancy, as well as relevant obstetric and anesthetic considerations necessary to treat this challenging problem...
2018: International Journal of Women's Health
Yenupini Joyce Adams, Barbara Smith
OBJECTIVE: To identify factors that affect the use of postpartum care services in developing countries. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, CINAHL, Global Health, EMBASE, and grey literature were searched for relevant articles in 2015 and 2016 with no publication date limit imposed. STUDY SELECTION: Thirteen studies met inclusion criteria and were assessed for quality with the use of a checklist developed by Fowkes and Fulton (1991) and a checklist developed by the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (2017)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
Abigail R Koch, Pamela T Roesch, Caitlin E Garland, Stacie E Geller
CONTEXT: Severe maternal morbidity (SMM) rates in the United States more than doubled between 1998 and 2010. Advanced maternal age and chronic comorbidities do not completely explain the increase in SMM or how to effectively address it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have called for facility-level multidisciplinary review of SMM for potential preventability and have issued implementation guidelines. IMPLEMENTATION: Within Illinois, SMM was identified as any intensive or critical care unit admission and/or 4 or more units of packed red blood cells transfused at any time from conception through 42 days postpartum...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: JPHMP
Sarah B Cairo, Malachi Fisher, Brian Clemency, Charlotte Cipparone, Evelyn Quist, Kathryn D Bass
PURPOSE: Patient triage to the appropriate destination is critical to prehospital trauma care. Triage decisions are challenging in a region without collocated pediatric and adult trauma centers. METHODS: A regional survey was administered to emergency medical response units identifying variability and confusion regarding factors influencing patient disposition. A course was developed to guide the triage of pediatric and pregnant trauma patients. Pre- and posttests were administered to address course principles, including decision making and triage...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Brooke L Griffin, Rebecca H Stone, Shareen Y El-Ibiary, Sarah Westberg, Kayce Shealy, Alicia Forinash, Abigail Yancey, Kathleen Vest, Lamis R Karaoui, Sally Rafie, Cheryl Horlen, Nicole Lodise, Nicole Cieri-Hutcherson, Sarah McBane, Anahit Simonyan
OBJECTIVE: To provide guidance for clinicians on risk assessment of medication use during pregnancy and lactation. DATA SOURCES: Authors completed PubMed searches to identify articles focused on the use of medications in pregnancy, including fetal development, drug transfer across the placenta, trimester exposure, chronic conditions in pregnancy, medications in lactation, and lactation and chronic disease. STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION: Articles were reviewed to provide overall guidance to medication selection during pregnancy...
March 1, 2018: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
Surya Bali, Venkatashiva B Reddy
The National Health Mission tracks the proportion of women delivered by skilled birth attendants (SBAs). We assessed SBAs competence in Madhya Pradesh, India, using structured evaluation tools. It is a cross-sectional study conducted from 2014 to 2015. We evaluated 335 trained SBAs using multistage stratified random sampling. Of total, 335 skilled births attendant selected 41.8% were auxiliary nurse midwife, 47.8% were staff nurse, and 10.4% were lady health visitors. Grouping all provider and knowledge test versions, SBAs were correct on 75...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Public Health
Tom Kovitwanichkanont, Tim Driscoll
Isotretinoin has revolutionized the treatment of severe acne vulgaris, a condition which if left untreated may result in significant socio-psychological implications for those affected. Timely access to isotretinoin therapy is important to avoid the risks of potential physical and emotional scarring. However, due to its high risks of teratogenicity, isotretinoin must be used with care in females of childbearing potential. Since isotretinoin's introduction, numerous risk management programs have been implemented across the world in an attempt to prevent isotretinoin use in pregnancy...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
Zewdie Birhanu, Gina M Chapleau, Stephanie E Ortolano, Girma Mamo, Stephanie L Martin, Katherine L Dickin
After decades of global response to iron-deficiency anemia, lessons learned from antenatal iron-folic acid (IFA) supplementation can inform new micronutrient supplementation efforts. The World Health Organization recommends calcium supplementation for the prevention of preeclampsia; however, little is documented on how to design programs to integrate calcium into the standard of care. Twenty interviews with pregnant women and 22 interviews with health providers and volunteers in two districts in Ethiopia were conducted to examine how barriers and facilitators to antenatal care, IFA supplementation, and initial reactions to calcium supplements and regimen might influence adherence and inform future programs...
February 2018: Maternal & Child Nutrition
Etty Daniel-Spiegel, Micha Mandel, Simcha Yagel
BACKGROUND: Sonographic estimated fetal weight is performed by measuring the fetal organs' biometry and introducing the data into a formula. The calculated value is then compared with reference charts and serves as a critical component in pregnancy follow-up. Ideally the charts should be appropriate to the specific population. OBJECTIVES: To display and validate sonographic based Israeli-matched, intrauterine fetal weight curves. METHODS: The international Hadlock and Souka formulas, were chosen and assessed using over 70,000 ultrasound examinations from Israel...
February 2018: Harefuah
Ivete F R Caldas, Marilice F Garotti, Victor K M Shiramizu, Antonio Pereira
Humans are born completely dependent on adult care for survival. To get the necessary support, newborns rely on socio-communicative abilities which have both innate and learned components. Maternal responsiveness (MR), as a critical aspect of mother-infant interaction, is a robust predictor of the acquisition of socio-communicative abilities. However, maternal responsiveness (MR) is influenced by parity, since mothers rely on a limited capacity of cognitive control for efficient attachment with their offspring...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Blake H Priddy, Bradley A Otto, Ricardo L Carrau, Daniel M Prevedello
BACKGROUND: Neoplasms rarely present during pregnancy. However, increase in plasma volume, hormone release induced growth, and tumor hypervascularity, can cause rapid symptoms. These range from not requiring intervention to necessitating emergent operations. OBJECTIVE: We describe an algorithm for the management of symptomatic neoplasm in the obstetric population, and provide recommendations regarding surgical indications and timing. METHODS: Patients who presented to a skull base clinic from 2010-2016 at large tertiary care hospital were reviewed to identify patients who presented with a skull base tumor during pregnancy...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Ben Cohlen, Aartjan Bijkerk, Sheryl Van der Poel, Willem Ombelet
BACKGROUND: IUI with or without ovarian stimulation (OS) has become a first-line treatment option for many infertile couples, worldwide. The appropriate treatment modality for couples and their clinical management through IUI or IUI/OS cycles must consider maternal and perinatal outcomes, most notably the clinical complication of higher-order multiple pregnancies associated with IUI-OS. With a current global emphasis to continue to decrease maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity, the World Health Organization (WHO) had established a multi-year project to review the evidence for the establishment of normative guidance for the implementation of IUI as a treatment to address fertility problems, and to consider its cost-effectiveness for lower resource settings...
February 14, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
Laura A Schieve, Stuart K Shapira
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent developmental disorder. Studies indicate that while ASD etiology has a genetic component, the risk is polygenic, with gene-environment interactions being likely. The prenatal period is a critical exposure window for nongenetic risk factors. Previous studies have found positive associations between congenital malformations (all types) and ASD; a few also found specific associations between genitourinary system malformations and ASD; and one study found an association between hypospadias and ASD...
February 14, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Catherine S Todd, Tracy C Anderman, Sarah Long, Landon Myer, Linda-Gail Bekker, Greg E Petro, Heidi E Jones
BACKGROUND: Women living with HIV (WLHIV) experience high rates of unmet contraceptive need and unintended pregnancy. Contraceptive method-specific continuation rates and associated factors are critical for guiding providers tasked with both reproductive health (RH) and HIV care. We conducted this systematic review to determine whether contraceptive continuation rates differ between WLHIV and uninfected women and, for WLHIV, whether differences are impacted by method type, antiretroviral therapy (ART) use, or other factors...
February 9, 2018: Contraception
Jill A McDonald, Katherine Selchau, Bridget Acquah-Baidoo
Maternal Zika virus infection (ZIKV) has serious health consequences for unborn offspring. Knowledge about prevention is critical to reducing risk, yet what women in the high-risk US-Mexico border region know about protecting themselves and their babies from ZIKV is mostly unknown. This study aimed to assess knowledge of ZIKV among pregnant and inter-conception women and to identify sources of information that might address knowledge gaps. Clients in five federally-funded, border region Healthy Start programs (N = 326) were interviewed in late 2016 about their knowledge of ZIKV prevention methods and whether they believed themselves or their babies to be at risk...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Community Health
Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, Leonard Ogbonna Ajah, Vitus Okwuchukwu Obi, Uche Anthony Umeh, Joseph Tochukwu Enebe, Kingsley Chukwu Obioha
Background and Aims: Although pregnancy and labor are considered physiological processes, the potential for catastrophic complications is constant and may develop rapidly. There is growing evidence that admission of high-risk patients into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is associated with a reduction in maternal mortality. This study was aimed at reviewing all obstetric patients admitted into the ICU. Materials and Methods: This was a retrospective study of all obstetric patients who were admitted into the ICU between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2013...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Howieda Fouly, Fayza Ahmed Abdou, Ahmed M Abbas, Ayat Masoud Omar
Maternal deaths remain high, numbers at the facility level are relatively low. AIM: To evaluate effect of management guidelines on occurrence of maternal near miss in Women's Health Hospital. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study. SETTING: ICU of Women's Health Hospital's at Assiut Main University Hospital and Al-fayoum University Hospital. SUBJECTS: Convenient sample of 93 maternal near-miss cases including (Pregnancy or postpartum complications)...
February 2018: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
Simge Zeyneloğlu, Sezer Kısa
AIM: Researchers used descriptive study design to examine the traditional practices of women in relation to maternal and newborn care in the postpartum period. METHODS: 523 postpartum women included who were between 15 and 49years of age, had at least one child, and had no medical complications that affect the mother-infant health. A questionnaire was used to collect data. Comparisons were made between the responses about the women's knowledge of traditional practices and other variables...
February 2018: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
Sandra Small, Caroline Porr, Michelle Swab, Cynthia Murray
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this review was to identify and synthesize the best available evidence to address two questions: i) what is the experience of smoking during pregnancy for Indigenous women? and ii) what are the smoking cessation needs of Indigenous women who smoke during pregnancy? INTRODUCTION: Smoking during pregnancy not only affects pregnant women's general health but also causes such serious problems as pre-term delivery, low birth weight, and sudden infant death...
February 2018: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
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