Monthly Archives: October 2015

Obese pregnant women who lose weight save money, have healthier newborns, study shows

Severely obese women who maintained or lost weight during pregnancy had healthier babies and lower health care costs, a recent study shows. The work compared 82 severely obese pregnant women with 85 healthy weight women. The obese mothers experienced more medical problems during pregnancy, higher medical costs and longer lengths of hospital stay compared to non-obese women. Twenty-six percent of the obese mothers maintained or lost weight during pregnancy and experienced lower medical costs and gave birth to healthier infants.

Association between breastfeeding, reduced risk of aggressive breast cancer

Breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of developing an aggressive form of breast cancer called hormone-receptor negative, a large international study shows. Hormone-receptor-negative (HRN) breast cancers are more likely to be aggressive and life-threatening. This subtype is more commonly diagnosed in women under age 50.

Ob-gyns Clarify Guidelines for Operative Vaginal Delivery, Note Limitations of Perineal Lacerations as an Obstetric Quality Measure

Washington, DC – As part of an effort to improve obstetric care, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today released two new documents focusing on operative vaginal delivery and the limitations of perineal lacerations as a measure of obstetric care. Among other objectives, these two documents aim to lower the rate of cesarean delivery in the United States.