A new study recently came out linking hormonal birth control with depression, and people are understandably concerned. Many women feel blindsided, and doctors aren’t sure how to address these fears. However, a careful analysis of the study shows that some of the concerns may be overblown.
She holds back tears as she looks up at me. She’s been pushing for hours with little progress.
“I’m so tired.”
“I know you are, momma.” Her face is red and sweaty from her effort.
I knew she was completely dilated the moment I opened the door to the exam room.
Making headlines this week is the $16 million verdict against Alabama’s Brookwood hospital for false advertising in maternity care. But what is not being discussed is the impact on maternity care.
Episiotomy has been in the news quite a bit lately. There is the woman suing her obstetrician for assault for a “forced episiotomy.” Another woman recently won a $50 million lawsuit against her obstetrician for complications that arose after her second delivery (with another provider) which she claims were caused by the episiotomy performed during her first delivery. ACOG also recently published a Practice Bulletin on the “Prevention and management of obstetric lacerations” that addresses episiotomy use. Wow. That’s quite a lot of debate over one small cut.
It’s that time of year again, mommas. You knew this day would come. You prepared. You shaved your legs, trimmed the, ahem, hedges, and maybe even painted your toenails. You get dressed in the tiniest of gowns and drape a sheet over your lap. Feet in stirrups, slide down.
It’s time for your six week checkup, mommas, and you know what that means. No, not stirrups. SEX. Remember sex? Most women are cleared for intercourse after their six week postpartum visit. But are you ready? Here are five things you may not know about sex after baby.
After all of the talk about preferences, goals, side effects and other concerns, your doctor is likely to recommend the easiest, most effective and safest methods.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) had their Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting last week, and one topic has stirred quite a bit of controversy. The debate centered on whether or not to induce all low risk women at 39 weeks in an effort to reduce neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality.
For many women and couples, side effects are a critical factor in choosing a birth control method. Side effects can be quite varied, from method to method as well as person to person. Not every user will have every possible side effect, but it’s important to understand the possibilities, almost all of which are temporary and will resolve when the method is stopped.