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November 13, 2012
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Miscarriages are associated with risk of heart problems
    Women who experienced one or more miscarriages had a greater likelihood of suffering a heart attack, stroke, atherosclerosis and renovascular hypertension than those who had no miscarriages, a Danish study found. The findings, based on data from more than 1 million women, were presented at the American Heart Association meeting. HealthDay News (11/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • Study: Sleep apnea and obesity linked to adverse birth outcomes
    While obese women are more likely to suffer adverse birth outcomes, those who also have a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea -- which has been linked with obesity -- are at increased risk, suggests a new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Researchers evaluated 175 obese women using in-home sleep monitors and found that 15.4% had OSA, which is characterized by a blocked upper airway that causes breathing to stop and start repeatedly during sleep, reducing oxygen flow to the body. They found that women with OSA had higher rates of cesarean delivery (65.4% versus 32.8%), preeclampsia (42.3% versus 16.9%) and NICU admission (46.1% versus 17.8%), compared with obese women without OSA. Both groups delivered babies with similar rates of gestational age at delivery, birth weights and respiratory morbidity. The authors conclude that reducing OSA complications should begin with treating obesity before pregnancy. Additionally, better methods are needed, they say, to screen and treat OSA during pregnancy. Read the abstract. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Labor and delivery nurses are recognized for walking research
    A four-year research project by labor and delivery nurses at Saint Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., found walking does not help speed up a woman's labor, compared with resting. The nurses found that walking during an hourlong evaluation in a labor and delivery unit was not associated with faster delivery compared with women who rested. The study looked at women at 37 weeks gestation and less than 4 centimeters dilation. The study was published in the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing and has been named the 2012 MCN Research Paper of the Year. The Kansas City Nursing News (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Infant acetaminophen use linked with childhood asthma risk
    Children who received more acetaminophen as babies had a greater likelihood of suffering asthmalike symptoms in preschool than those who were less likely to be treated with the drug, a Danish study shows. Although the findings, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, demonstrated an association between use of the drug and later asthma risk, it did not demonstrate a causal relationship. Reuters (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mich. hospitals report gains in care quality measures
    Michigan hospitals reported NICU admissions were reduced by more than 43% over two years, according to a quality report by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. The medical centers also lowered rates of elective early births, worked to prevent hospital-associated infections and reduced the number of patients who left emergency departments without being seen. Crain's Detroit Business (free registration) (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Sign the "Wait for Labor to Start on Its Own" Pledge
    During World Prematurity Awareness month, AWHONN is encouraging members, healthcare providers, pregnant women and their friends and families to learn the importance of spontaneous labor. Through the "Wait for Labor to Start on Its Own" pledge on AWHONN's Facebook page, we're building a community of support around women whose pregnancies are healthy and well to wait for spontaneous labor. The pledge is part of AWHONN's "Don't Rush Me ... Go the Full 40" weeks of pregnancy campaign that gives the reasons and benefits why it's best for moms and babies to have a term pregnancy. We're asking everyone -- including grandparents, aunts and uncles -- to sign in through their Facebook account, sign the pledge and share it widely. Learn more about the pledge and Full 40 campaign at LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Thank you, President's Circle Industry Members
    AWHONN gratefully recognizes the generosity of our President's Circle AWHONN Industry Members. These organizations share our passion and commitment to the health of women and newborns. Their continued support makes all of our work possible. Thank you again! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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