Pregnancy and influenza – new data shows death rate of 25% for those who get critically ill

Influenza has reached pandemic  proportions and the spike in flu activity is much earlier than expected this season. Widespread influenza is being reported in 43 states. Therefore it is timely to review the article in January’s Obstetrics and Gynecology concerning  severe influenza infection and pregnancy. Epidemiologists from the Department of Public Health in California pulled the data …

Bode Miller’s wife accuses his ex of self-inseminating with a used condom

I awoke this morning to several direct messages asking if this was possible. The story is that Morgan Beck, (who I now know is Bode Miller’s wife), accused his ex, Sara McKenna, of  fishing a used condom out of the trash and inseminating herself. In Beck’s words: “Girls do crazy things for money . . . including taking …

The Glucola isn’t toxic but the FoodBabe’s advice is

Up until now I’ve merely glanced at the FoodBabe’s unscientific mumbo jumbo and chemically implausible claims about a variety of “toxins” in foods, but now I hear she has her sights sets on the Glucola. For those of your who don’t know the Glucola is the common name used for the sugary drink that doctors …

9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee. For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to …

More VBACs will take communication, compromise, better training, and tort reform

The NY Times has reported on a woman who wanted to deliver vaginally and claims she was forced to have a repeat c-section (her third c-section) against her will. I can’t comment on the veracity of her claims, however a forced c-section is never, ever acceptable. It doesn’t mater if the fetus has an agonal rhythm …

Rocking delivery dogma: induction of labor doesn’t increase c-section rate

There is a widely held belief that induction of labor increases the risk of c-section.  This is something that has been widely promoted by many OB/GYNs, nurses, midwives, doulas, and patients alike. I can not tell you how many times I have heard, “Don’t let them induce you.” I think that so many health care …

A water birth isn’t natural it’s an intervention

The joint statement on laboring in water and delivering in water (the latter also known as immersion births) from the American Academy Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is making the rounds. I’ve linked to the full statement above, but in essence it says that some women find laboring in water …

Who is keeping a pregnant woman on life support against her wishes? The hospital or Texas?

Brain death is death. This is one of the definitions of death. Even in Texas. Because brain death is death a do not resuscitate (DNR) order or invalidating a DNR are both meaningless, because you don’t do procedures on dead bodies. This is why taking someone off a ventilator who is brain dead is not …

Can Georgia law force a woman to have a c-section for a non viable, premature fetus?

The new crop of laws in the Unites States using the premise of “fetal pain” to restrict abortion can only be described as unscience (an Orwellian theme that sadly fits). The latest is the new Georgia abortion law HB 954, which the OB/GYN Society of Georgia states is “murky” and difficult to interpret. HB 954 …

Irish Catholic Bishops reveal ignorance in statement on death of Savita Halappanavar

The Irish Catholic Bishops have seen fit to clarify the church’s view on gynecology given Savita Halappanavar’s death from sepsis at 17 weeks in her pregnancy and the concern that evacuating her uterus was delayed because the fetus still had a heart beat. The full statement is here, but this is the excerpt I find …