Study on Water Births

Hospitals have given women the option to sit in a tub or jacuzzi as part of their labor and delivery. Water birth advocates believe this method can alleviate labor pain, while others suggest it can lead to a low Apgar score (an assessment of how a baby is doing at birth). Now, a recent study published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health confirms there is no evidence to suggest water births lead to any increased harm to newborns ...

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Zika Effects on Babies

Angela Rocha, a pediatrician in northeastern Brazil, measures the head of a child born with microcephaly, a tragic neurological complication linked to Zika, the mosquito-borne virus sparking a health scare across the Americas.

Outside the room, seven mothers cradling infants with abnormally small heads line up for hours for tests. More than 1,000 cases of microcephaly have been reported in just a few months in Pernambuco state, the epicenter of the Zika outbreak.

“We were taken by surprise,” says Rocha, a veteran ...

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RAND Study Finds OH Laws Leading to Health Care Savings

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A RAND Health study released today found that removing restrictive scope-of-practice (SOP) laws among Ohio’s Advance Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) could lead to increased access to health care and approximately 70,000 fewer emergency department (ED) visits in the state, resulting in potential savings for Ohioans due to the high cost of ED visits.

The study, commissioned by the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (OAAPN), assessed the impact of removing restrictive SOP ...

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Survey Examines Midwifery Care

American College of Nurse-Midwives Says Insurers, Policy Makers Have Significant Opportunity to Increase Access to High-Value Maternity, Newborn Care

Silver Spring, MD— A new survey by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) of health insurers offering coverage through the health insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) found that many plans are not fully utilizing the high value care offered by certified nurse-midwives (CNMs) and certified midwives (CMs). The results also indicate that policymakers need to do more to ...

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Midwives Matter. Here’s Why.

Midwives matter now more than ever. This is the compelling bottom line of two major new publications released in recent months: The Lancet’s June 2014 Series on Midwifery and State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 (SoWMy), coordinated by the United Nations Population Fund, the International Confederation of Midwives, and the World Health Organization.

The Lancet Series has received some attention, including on this blog, but the less visible SoWMy is no less groundbreaking. Over 200+ pages, SoWMy lays out compelling data ...

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