Prenatal depression increases 51% in 25-year period | Menstrual phase may affect radiation risk | Women should remain vigilant about visiting Zika-endemic areas
July 17, 2018
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Prenatal depression increases 51% in 25-year period
A study in JAMA Network Open showed that the rate of depression among pregnant women ages 19 to 24 increased from 17% in 1990-1992 to 25% in 2012-2016. Lead author Rebecca Pearson attributes the increase to several factors, including financial strain and social media use, as well as a general increase in depression and anxiety among young women.
Newsweek (7/13),  The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (7/13) 
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Menstrual phase may affect radiation risk
Anat Biegon and colleagues are calling for the development of guidelines that take into account hormonal changes related to the menstrual cycle when planning nuclear medicine exams in younger women, according to a letter in Radiology. The relationship is an "underappreciated but avoidable source of vulnerability and risk to female reproductive organs," they write.
AuntMinnie (free registration) (7/13) 
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Obstetrics Focus
Women should remain vigilant about visiting Zika-endemic areas
Researchers noted in a paper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine that the Zika virus remains a significant health concern for women of reproductive age despite a decline in the prevalence of the virus. Providers should discuss infection prevention with such women traveling to Zika-affected countries, the researchers wrote.
Healio (free registration) (7/16) 
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Study: Inadvertent exposure to vaccine does not raise risks
Women who inadvertently received the quadrivalent human papillomavirus vaccine just before or during pregnancy were not at higher risk of spontaneous abortion, researchers reported in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers said the data support the current practice of not routinely conducting pregnancy tests prior to vaccination.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (7/16) 
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AWHONN Journals Spotlight
Threatened preterm labor and dehydration
Are women with threatened preterm labor more dehydrated than women without it? It has been argued that IV hydration, a common therapy used for women with regular, painful contractions, may arrest preterm labor by suppressing anti-diuretic hormone. In an article in JOGNN, authors determine whether women who present to the labor and delivery unit at 23 0/7 to 36 6/7 weeks gestation with painful, regular contractions (defined as TPTL) are more likely to be dehydrated than those who present at the same gestational ages for other reasons. Read the article in JOGNN.
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Provide Perinatal Bereavement Care in Multiple Formats
Help parents understand the grief process and navigate difficult choices they'll need to make after the loss of their baby with InJoy's new Guide to Grief and Healing. This book plus web app also covers postpartum care and offers encouraging video stories from parents who endured perinatal loss. Learn More>>>
Neonatal Health
Va. hospital NICU creates pods for infants with NAS
Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, Va., is building four pods in its NICU for infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. Women and Children's Perinatal Outreach manager Shannon Miles says the neonatal pods will allow mothers to hold and breastfeed their infants and will have lower lights and a quiet environment to aid recovery.
WSET-TV (Lynchburg, Va.) (7/11) 
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Mo. NICU nurses learn neonatal massage techniques
The skin of premature infants is not as strong and developed as a that of a full-term baby, meaning that touch can be unpleasant, said physical therapist Kesia Danner-Bowman. She is Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapist certified and teaches neonatal nurses about touch techniques to relax neonates.
KYTV-TV (Springfield, Mo.) (7/9) 
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Legislative Update: July 17, 2018
A Senate subcommittee held a hearing on paid family leave in which Ivanka Trump was one of the attendees. The House Appropriations Committee moved the Labor-HHS-Education bill. A House committee favorably reported out the Nursing Workforce Reauthorization Act. You have an opportunity to comment on a proposed rule that will affect the Title X Family Planning Program. The government has reunited some young children with their parents. AWHONN takes a stand on breastfeeding. The DEA has new powers to curb opioid abuse. Continue reading this week's update.
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