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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654602/a-morphometric-study-of-the-newborn-ear-and-an-analysis-of-factors-related-to-congenital-auricular-deformities
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Hui Zhao, Limin Ma, Xiangdong Qi, Jianzeng Qin, Baoming Yin, Mei Zhong, Yanjun He, Chenghong Wang
BACKGROUND: The incidence of neonatal ear deformities varies widely in the literature, and the incidence of those that correct spontaneously is largely unknown. To address these questions, the authors analyzed the auricles of 1500 newborns from the Pearl River Delta within the first 7 days of life and again at 30 days of age. METHODS: Using a combination of direct measurement and digital image measurement, the authors measured physiognomic ear length, physiognomic ear breadth, morphologic ear length, vertical distance between head and ear, and auriculocephalic angle of the newborns...
July 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653359/ultrasound-assessment-of-gastric-content-in-the-immediate-postpartum-period-a-prospective-observational-descriptive-study
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F Vial, N Hime, J Feugeas, N Thilly, P Guerci, H Bouaziz
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents in pregnant women undergoing general anesthesia or sedation/analgesia in the peripartum period is a feared complication in obstetric anesthesia. We assessed the changes in antral cross-sectional area (CSA) with ultrasonography in laboring women and in the immediate postpartum period. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In an observational study in a university-affiliated maternity, gastric ultrasonography examinations were performed in non-consecutive laboring women, after epidural analgesia insertion and after childbirth...
June 26, 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651841/survey-of-nulliparous-parturients-attitudes-regarding-timing-of-epidural-analgesia-initiation
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Ghislaine C Echevarria, Gilbert J Grant, Yousun Chung, Jerome Lax
STUDY OBJECTIVE: At our hospital, although >90% of nulliparous parturients eventually choose epidural analgesia for labor, many delay its initiation, experiencing considerable pain in the interim. This survey probed parturients' views about the timing of initiation of epidural labor analgesia. DESIGN: Single-center, nonrandomized quantitative survey. SETTING: Labor and delivery suite in a large tertiary academic medical center. PATIENTS: Two hundred laboring nulliparous women admitted to the labor and delivery suite...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649565/increasing-regional-anesthesia-use-in-a-serbian-teaching-hospital-through-an-international-collaboration
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REVIEW
Curtis L Baysinger, Borislava Pujic, Ivan Velickovic, Medge D Owen, Joanna Serafin, Matthew S Shotwell, Ferne Braveman
Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) report low rates of regional anesthesia (RA) use for cesarean delivery (CD), despite its association with lower maternal major morbidity and mortality. Also, the prevalence of neuraxial analgesia for labor (NAL) is often low in LMICs. We report on the results of a collaboration in clinical education over a multi-year period between Kybele Inc., an international non-profit organization, and Klinicki Centar Vojvodine (CCV), a teaching hospital in Novi Sad, Serbia, to increase RA use for CD and NAL at CCV...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649463/outcomes-of-admissions-for-preterm-labor
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Michael W Kuzniewicz, Libby Black, Eileen M Walsh, Sherian X Li, Mara Greenberg
Objective  This study aims to quantitate the incidence of preterm labor (PTL) admissions and determine the frequency and predictors of preterm delivery (PTD) during these admissions. Study Design  Retrospective cohort of singleton pregnancies within Kaiser Permanente Northern California, 2001 to 2011. PTL admissions were defined as inpatient encounters > 24 hours with an International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision code for PTL. Results  Total study population was 365,897 with PTL admission rate 11%...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645121/effect-of-obesity-on-gestational-and-perinatal-outcomes
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Sônia Regina Cabral Madi, Rosa Maria Rahmi Garcia, Vandrea Carla de Souza, Renato Luís Rombaldi, Breno Fauth de Araújo, José Mauro Madi
Purpose To assess the impact of pre-pregnancy obesity (body mass index [BMI] ≥ 30 kg/m(2)) on the gestational and perinatal outcomes. Methods Retrospective cohort study of 731 pregnant women with a BMI ≥ 30 kg/m(2) at the first prenatal care visit, comparing them with 3,161 women with a BMI between 18.5 kg/m(2) and 24.9 kg/m(2). Maternal and neonatal variables were assessed. Statistical analyses reporting the demographic features of the pregnant women (obese and normal) were performed with descriptive statistics followed by two-sided independent Student's t tests for the continuous variables, and the chi-squared (χ(2)) test, or Fisher's exact test, for the categorical variables...
June 23, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635536/women-s-experiences-with-vaginal-examinations-during-labor-in-the-netherlands
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Hannah W de Klerk, Elise Boere, Rik H van Lunsen, Jannet J H Bakker
INTRODUCTION: Vaginal digital examination (VE) is a routine medical procedure during labor to assess the start and progression of labor. This study explores women's experiences with VE's during labor in the Netherlands. METHODS: An exploratory anonymous online survey was distributed among Dutch women who underwent a trial of labor and gave birth to a living term child in the previous six months. Unadjusted odds ratios are calculated to establish associations between women's characteristics and reporting a negative experience with VE's...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633864/perinatal-group-b-streptococcal-infections-virulence-factors-immunity-and-prevention-strategies
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REVIEW
Jay Vornhagen, Kristina M Adams Waldorf, Lakshmi Rajagopal
Group B streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae is a β-hemolytic, Gram-positive bacterium that is a leading cause of neonatal infections. GBS commonly colonizes the lower gastrointestinal and genital tracts and, during pregnancy, neonates are at risk of infection. Although intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis during labor and delivery has decreased the incidence of early-onset neonatal infection, these measures do not prevent ascending infection that can occur earlier in pregnancy leading to preterm births, stillbirths, or late-onset neonatal infections...
June 17, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630744/maternal-predictors-of-neonatal-outcomes-after-emergency-cesarean-section-a-retrospective-study-in-three-rural-district-hospitals-in-rwanda
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Naome Nyirahabimana, Christine Minani Ufashingabire, Yihan Lin, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Robert Riviello, Jackline Odhiambo, Joel Mubiligi, Martin Macharia, Stephen Rulisa, Illuminee Uwicyeza, Patient Ngamije, Fulgence Nkikabahizi, Theoneste Nkurunziza
BACKGROUND: In sub-Saharan Africa, neonatal mortality post-cesarean delivery is higher than the global average. In this region, most emergency cesarean sections are performed at district hospitals. This study assesses maternal predictors for poor neonatal outcomes post-emergency cesarean delivery in three rural district hospitals in Rwanda. METHODS: This retrospective study includes a random sample of 441 neonates from Butaro, Kirehe and Rwinkwavu District Hospitals, born between 01 January and 31 December 2015...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629332/an-exploratory-study-of-men-s-companionship-perceptions-and-experiences-during-pregnancy-and-delivery-in-uganda
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H Lwanga, L Atuyambe, H Sempewo, A Lumala, R N B Byaruhanga
BACKGROUND: Globally, low involvement of men in maternal health care services remains a problem to health care providers and policy makers. Men's support is essential for making women's world better. There are increasing debates among policymakers and researchers on the role of men in maternal health programs, which is a challenge in patriarchal societies like Uganda. The aim of the study was to assess companionship during delivery; men's perception and experiences during pregnancy and delivery...
June 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629273/the-association-between-maternal-race-and-adverse-outcomes-in-twin-pregnancies-with-similar-healthcare-access
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Marti D Soffer, Mariam Naqvi, Stephanie Melka, Aren Gottlieb, Julie Romero, Nathan S Fox
OBJECTIVE: To compare twin pregnancy outcomes between white and nonwhite women with similar access to healthcare. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all twin pregnancies delivered by a single maternal-fetal medicine practice from 2005-2016. All patients had private health insurance and equal access to physician care. Outcomes were compared between white and nonwhite women using logistic regression to adjust for differences at baseline. RESULTS: Of the 858 women included, 730 (85...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629247/obstetric-practice-patterns-in-pregnancies-complicated-by-fetal-trisomy-13-or-18
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Sarah K Dotters-Katz, Marcela C Smid, Cora Mcelwain, Jeffrey A Kuller, Jay Schulkin
PURPOSE: Describe practice patterns among obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) when caring for women with pregnancy complicated by fetal trisomy 13(T13) or 18(T18), and compare these between maternal-fetal-medicine (MFM) and non-MFM providers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted an electronic survey using the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists database. Using simple statistics, we describe demographics and practice patterns among respondents, and compare those of MFM practitioners with non-MFM providers...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629245/obstetric-risk-factors-for-poor-neonatal-adaptation-at-birth
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Francesca Crovetto, Monica Fumagalli, Agnese De Carli, Giulia Maria Baffero, Silvia Nozza, Francesca Dessimone, Patrizia Vergani, Luigi Fedele, Fabio Mosca, Barbara Acaia
PURPOSE: To identify obstetric risk factors of delivering a neonate with poor neonatal adaptation at birth. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Nested-case control study. Poor neonatal adaptation was defined for presence of at least: umbilical cord artery pH < 7.10, base deficit ≥ 12 mmol/L, Apgar score at 1' ≤ 5. Controls were selected from the same population and matched with cases. The association between clinical parameters and poor neonatal adaptation was analyzed by logistic regression...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629237/improved-pregnancy-outcome-following-earlier-splenectomy-in-women-with-immune-thrombocytopenia-a-5-year-observational-study
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Mohamed Rezk, Alaa Masood, Ragab Dawood, Mahmoud Emara, Hanan El-Sayed
OBJECTIVE: to assess prospectively the maternal and fetal outcome in women with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) who undergone earlier splenectomy compared to women on medical therapy. METHODS: a 5-year observational study included pregnant women in the first trimester previously diagnosed with primary ITP with 74 patients underwent splenectomy before pregnancy and 86 patients on medical therapy. Patients were followed throughout pregnancy and labor to record their obstetric outcome...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625444/nitrous-oxide-for-labor-analgesia-utilization-and-predictors-of-conversion-to-neuraxial-analgesia
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Caitlin D Sutton, Alexander J Butwick, Edward T Riley, Brendan Carvalho
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We examined the characteristics of women who choose nitrous oxide for labor analgesia and identified factors that predict conversion from nitrous oxide to labor neuraxial analgesia. DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study. SETTING: Labor and Delivery Ward. PATIENTS: 146 pregnant women who used nitrous oxide for analgesia during labor and delivery between September 2014 and September 2015. INTERVENTIONS: Chart review only...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624988/mifepristone-vs-balloon-catheter-for-labor-induction-in-previous-cesarean-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chanderdeep Sharma, Anjali Soni, Amit Gupta, Ashok Verma, Suresh Verma
OBJECTIVE: To compare oral mifepristone (400 mg) with trans-cervical balloon catheter for induction of labor (IOL) in post date women with previous one cesarean section (CS). METHODS: In this randomized trial, post date pregnant women (gestation 40 weeks 5 days), with previous one low segment CS (no previous vaginal delivery) were induced either with oral mifepristone (400 mg) or balloon catheter [Foley's catheter (16 Fr); bulb filled with 30 ml normal saline]...
June 17, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622143/epidural-analgesia-at-trial-of-labor-after-cesarean-tolac-a-significant-adjunct-to-successful-vaginal-birth-after-cesarean-vbac
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Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky, Maayan Bas-Lando, Lior Drukker, Fred Haouzi, Rivka Farkash, Arnon Samueloff, Alexander Ioscovich
INTRODUCTION: Epidural analgesia has been considered a risk factor for labor dystocia at trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) and uterine rupture. We evaluated the association between exposure to epidural during TOLAC and mode of delivery and maternal-neonatal outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A single center retrospective study of women that consented to TOLAC within a strict protocol between 2006 and 2013. Epidural "users" were compared to "non-users". Primary outcome was the mode of delivery: repeat in-labor cesarean or vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620569/the-optimal-pain-management-approach-for-a-laboring-patient-a-review-of-current-literature
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REVIEW
Albert Kelly, Quang Tran
There is a general agreement that a patient in labor should be given the option to have an epidural block for pain management. Despite this consensus, there are differences in practice patterns as to when to initiate an epidural and how to minimize its impact on the duration and outcome of a patient's labor. A review of the literature suggests epidural analgesia does prolong stages one and two of labor, but not significantly. Cesarean delivery rates are not affected by the early initiation of epidural analgesia...
May 10, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618098/pre-labor-fetal-cardiac-function-and-its-relationship-with-intrapartum-fetal-compromise-and-neonatal-status-at-term
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Amal A Alsolai, Larissa N Bligh, Ristan M Greer, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively investigate the relationship between fetal cardiac function and Doppler parameters with intrapartum fetal compromise (IFC) in term appropriately grown fetuses prior to labour. Secondary outcomes were to correlate prenatal cardiac function with neonatal acid base status, intrapartum fetal heart rate abnormalities adverse neonatal outcomes. METHODS: This was a blinded, prospective, observational, cohort study, at the Mater Mother's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia...
June 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613021/combined-value-of-placental-alpha-microglobulin-1-detection-and-cervical-length-via-transvaginal-ultrasound-in-the-diagnosis-of-preterm-labor-in-symptomatic-patients
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Vyacheslav Bolotskikh, Vera Borisova
AIM: We aimed to evaluate the combined value of placental alpha microglobulin-1 (PAMG-1) and cervical length (CL) via transvaginal ultrasound for assessing risk of imminent spontaneous preterm delivery in patients presenting with threatened preterm labor (PTL). METHODS: Clinical exam, PAMG-1 test, cardiotocography, and CL measurement via transvaginal ultrasound were performed on all patients meeting inclusion criteria. Ninety-nine patients at 22(+0) -36(+6) gestational weeks with the symptoms of PTL were included...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
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