Examining the Link Between Postpartum Depression and Pitocin

Does Pitocin cause postpartum depression? If you believe headlines like these (“Pitocin Use May Increase Risk of Postpartum Depression”), you might think so. But a closer look at the study reveals the headlines are not always what they seem.

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Delayed Cord Clamping- Worth the Wait?

I’ve always been slow about cutting the cord, to give the baby time to transition. And now, I actually have a guideline.

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You are NOT a failure

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.

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Breech of Confidence: Vaginal Breech Delivery in the 21st Century

I knew she was completely dilated the moment I opened the door to the exam room.

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Making the Cut- Episiotomy in Modern Obstetrics

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.

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Sex After Baby

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.

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Rescue This: Thoughts on the 39 Week Debate

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.

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#twinning- So You’re Having Twins?

I am not one of those women who loves being pregnant. In fact, I do not terribly enjoy being pregnant at all. I have always wondered how some women are blessed with “the glow,” and others, like myself, get acne and “cankles”.

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A Tale of Two Births: Part Two

I did everything right: I carefully selected a hospital with good, evidence-based TOLAC policies, I found a nurse-midwife practice with patient, yet thorough providers, I ate reasonably well, and I exercised regularly. At 39 weeks and 4 days, I started to go into labor.

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A Tale of Two Births: Part One

As an obstetrician-gynecologist, I often joke with my colleagues about the “OB birth juju”, meaning that we, as OB/Gyns, tend to have weird stuff happen to us with our own births. The joke often seems like a truth.

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