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June 5, 2012
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  Women's Health Update 
  • Across range of ages, breast cancer risk doesn't rise with IVF
    Factoring in all ages in the study, no increased risk of breast cancer was seen with in vitro fertilization, but women who began IVF at age 24 had a higher risk of developing breast cancer than women their age who had other infertility treatments, Australian researchers wrote in the journal Fertility and Sterility. Researchers tracked 21,025 women aged 20 to 44 in Western Australia who were admitted for infertility diagnosis or treatment and found a lower breast cancer risk among those who gave birth to twins or multiples. WebMD (6/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Obstetrics Focus 
  • Ethnic groups differ in BMI threshold for gestational diabetes
    A study in Diabetes Care revealed the prevalence of gestational diabetes at a BMI of 22.0 to 24.9 kg/m² was 9.9% for Asian women and 8.5% for Filipina women, while GDM frequency was greater than 8.0% in Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and black women with a BMI of 28 to 30, 34 to 36 and ≥37 kg/m², respectively. Researchers noted that the age-adjusted frequency of gestational diabetes grew simultaneously with body mass increase in all racial/ethnic groups. News (5/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Breast-feeding goals are missed by most new mothers
    About one-third of 1,792 pregnant women who intended to exclusively breast-feed their babies for some period of time were able to accomplish their goal, CDC researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics. They also found that those who were obese, who smoked or who intended to breast-feed longer than most were more likely to fail in meeting their goal. Yahoo!/Reuters (6/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN Spotlight on Research 
  • JOGNN study: Skin-to-skin bonding can reduce postpartum depression
    Skin-to-skin contact with their babies may be an easy and inexpensive way for new mothers to stave off postpartum depression, suggests a new Canadian study in JOGNN. This may help the 20% to 40% of women who experience symptoms such as confusion, despair, sadness and anxiety following delivery. In the study, 30 test-group mothers provided their full-term infants with approximately five hours of SSC -- holding their infants, dressed only in a diaper, between their bare breasts -- per day during the first week and then at least 2 hours per day for the rest of the month. The 60 control-group mothers provided little or no SSC. Mothers in the SSC group scored lower on standardized depression scales at 1 week and at 1 month than did women in the control group. Additionally, the SSC group had lower salivary cortisol measurements, demonstrating lower physiological stress. SSC may be an appropriate strategy to lessen depressive symptoms and enhance mother-infant bonding, the authors conclude. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Neonatal Health 
  • Preemies face greater risk of psychiatric problems as adults
    Data from more than 1.3 million people born in Sweden showed that premature babies were more likely than full-term babies to be hospitalized for bipolar disorder, depression and psychosis as adults. The study failed to explain the link between premature birth and mental disorders, but experts say a potential cause could be a form of brain injury from an immature nervous system. The findings appear in the Archives of General Psychiatry. CNN/The Chart blog (6/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AWHONN News 
  • Federal government highlights AWHONN's "Go the Full 40" campaign materials
    Earlier this year, the CMS launched its "Strong Start" initiative to reduce the rate of early elective deliveries and the rate of preterm birth. CMS recently partnered with AWHONN, the March of Dimes, and others to develop toolkits for both health care providers and patients. The toolkits contain patient safety checklists and resources for communicating with expectant mothers. To view the toolkits, including the resources developed by AWHONN for its "Go the Full 40" campaign, visit the CMS website. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New Regional Analgesia Guideline Available!
    Nursing Care of the Woman Receiving Regional Analgesia/Anesthesia in Labor: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline, 2nd Edition, is now available from AWHONN and packed with new and updated information including expanded information on monitoring and assessment of patients; new information on emergency management and; detailed rationale supporting AWHONN's position statement on the nurses role in monitoring women receiving regional anesthesia and analgesia in labor. The guideline provides the foundation and key elements needed for development of unit- and service-based policies and procedures, and provides the framework for implementing quality improvement initiatives and measurement. Use of Nursing Care of the Woman Receiving Regional Analgesia/Anesthesia in Labor will help to promote the provision of safe, standardized, evidence-based care that reduces the risk of anesthesia-related complications. Visit to preview the table of contents and order copies of the newly revised Nursing Care of the Woman Receiving Regional Analgesia/Anesthesia in Labor to help ensure that your laboring patients receive the best possible care. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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