Friday, February 22nd, 2013
In an apparent attempt to raise awareness and start conversations about what really happens during a Cesarean section, Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas took the unusual step of live-tweeting during an actual C-section procedure. More from CBS Houston:
The team began tweeting live at about 7 a.m. after promoting the online procedure for days. They even developed a Twitter “hashtag” of “#MHbaby” to gain followers and promote discussion about the procedure on Twitter.
During Wednesday’s procedure, the hospital gained hundreds of followers; it’s not clear how many people watched the surgery.
Memorial Hermann Hospital is no stranger to using Twitter as a vehicle to broadcast their medical procedures. The hospital live tweeted a brain surgery last year and said that they gained 7,000 followers and more than 230,000 people viewed that procedure.
Image: Doctor on mobile device, via Shutterstock
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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
Twins need not be born by Cesarean section as a matter of routine, a new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found. The New York Times reports:
Researchers randomly assigned 2,800 mothers carrying healthy twins to either a planned C-section or a planned vaginal delivery. There was no difference in outcome between the two groups. There were serious medical problems, like bone fracture or abnormal levels of consciousness, in 36 babies delivered by C-section and 35 delivered vaginally. Twenty-one babies delivered by C-section died, as did 17 delivered vaginally.
Mothers fared equally well in each group, with serious health problems in 7.3 percent of the C-section mothers and in 8.5 percent of the vaginal delivery group.
Image: Twin babies, via Shutterstock
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2012
Television personality Tori Spelling, who gave birth to her fourth child in late August, has been hospitalized for emergency surgery, PEOPLE.com is reporting:
“Tori underwent emergency surgery over the weekend due to complications from her c-section,” her rep tells PEOPLE. “She remains in the hospital and is resting comfortably.”
The delivery of son Finn Davey on Aug. 30 was Spelling’s fourth caesarean section – and her second within a year. (Daughter Hattie arrived last October.)
Image: Tori Spelling, via Brad Camembert / Shutterstock.com
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Friday, November 18th, 2011
A federal report released this week showed a decline in birth rates among U.S. women. Younger women–teenagers and women in their early ’20s–showed the greatest decline, a 9 percent drop among teens alone since 2009.
Experts hypothesize that the drop in birth rates is related to the economic downturn, which has left many families concerned with their ability to provide financially for their futures. Young women are especially vulnerable to feeling they cannot afford to have a child or add to their families.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt now that it was the recession. It could not be anything else,” Carl Haub, a demographer with the Population Reference Bureau, a Washington, D.C.-based research organization, told The Associated Press.
The report contained other findings, including:
- The cesarean section rate declined slightly since 2009, coming in at 32.8 percent of all 2010 births. This follows more than a decade of steady increases in c-section rates.
- The total fertility rate for U.S. women also declined, with the average number of children a woman is expected to have dipping from 2.1 to 1.9.
- Hispanic women’s total fertility rate had a sharper decline, dipping from nearly 3 to 2.4.
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Thursday, September 1st, 2011
Pregnant moms: If you undergo a C-section, your doctor may now ask you to wear inflatable boots during surgery to protect against dangerous blood clots.
New guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that the boots be used routinely during C-sections, The Associated Press reports. Compression boots are already a regular part of other operations, such as hip replacements.
They may reduce the risk of a deep vein thrombosis or DVT, a potentially deadly clot that usually forms in the leg or groin and can travel to the lungs. Pregnant women are particularly susceptible. From the AP:
A woman’s risk of a DVT jumps during pregnancy and the six weeks afterward. That’s partly because of slower blood flow from the weight gain, and because mom is less active in the last trimester and during those first few weeks of recovery from childbirth.
It’s also because pregnancy temporarily changes blood to make it clot more easily.
“This is a consequence of nature’s protecting women against the bleeding challenges of childbirth,” explains Dr. Andra James of Duke University, who co-authored the new guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Add a C-section and, like any major surgery, it further increases that risk.
James said symptoms of DVT include pain and swelling in just one leg, redness and warmth in one part of the leg, and chest pain, which may signal that the clot reached a lung.
Doctors may need to watch some women closely for DVT throughout pregnancy, the AP reports.
Women who’ve had a DVT earlier in life, or whose close relatives had one – or who have certain inherited clotting disorders – may need anti-clotting medicines throughout the pregnancy, say the recommendations, published in the September issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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