How to Productively Manage the use of the Fetal Pillow
PREPARING & USE:
For more information on the Fetal, Use, Guidelines visit: https://www.safeob.com/fetalpillow.html
The U.S. Finally has better Maternal Mortality data. Black Mothers still fare the worse.
For the first time, the United States has standardized maternal mortality data from all 50 states — a first step toward identifying ways to reduce pregnancy-related deaths across the country, experts say.
Researchers found that of the 658 women who died of maternal causes in 2018, black women fared the worst, dying 2½ times more often than white women (37.1 vs 14.7 deaths per 100,000 live births), while Hispanic women had the lowest rate of maternal mortality, 11.8 deaths per 100,000 live births.
"I don't think it's as important to focus on the exact numbers. What's important is that black women have a much higher maternal mortality rate than white women." Precise data could lead to new policies that would reduce preventable deaths and eliminate the racial disparity in maternal mortality.
To read more on this news story: www.nbcnews.com/health/womens-health/u-s-finally-has-better-maternal-mortality-data-black-mothers-n1125896
Maternal Deaths in Australia.
From 2008 to 2017, there were 248 women reported to have died during pregnancy or within 42 days of the end of pregnancy and a maternal mortality rate of 6.7 deaths per 100,000 women giving birth. Most common causes are heart disease and non-obstetric haemorrhage.
These deaths are reviewed in this report along with contextual information for maternal deaths in Australia since 2008. www.aihw.gov.au/reports/mothers-babies/maternal-deaths-in-australia/contents/maternal-deaths-in-australia
This Week In Maternity... 2020 the year of the 'Nurse and Midwife'- Midwifery-led programs increasing in United States and Worldwide.
2020 NEWS & EVENTS
The World Health Organization has declared 2020 the "year of the nurse and midwife."
At the University of Tennessee Medical Center, it's a program that is growing fast. Their small team of 5 is in high demand and more women are seeking midwifery-led care as they understand its benefits.
Benefits of Midwifery-Led Care:
You can learn more about University of Tennessee Medical Center Midwife Program: www.wbir.com/article/news/health/more-mothers-choosing-midwives-to-deliver-at-ut-medical-center/51-d415e236-d210-41ec-b7df-03a5227f15f1?fbclid=IwAR04WKklt9enXpnXtaAouH5WwxYTWcVczgzGA26McyC9jjlEZFfgfF57gtQ
Researchers from King’s College London, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Warwick and the National University of Ireland Galway analyzed data from 13 studies involving a total of 16,242 women. When midwives were the main providers of care during pregnancy, women were less likely to give birth prematurely or lose their babies before 24 weeks of gestation. Women were reported to be happier with the care they received, had fewer epidurals, fewer assisted births, and fewer episiotomies – or surgical incisions to reduce the risk of a tear. Finally, in midwife-led settings, women were no more likely to have caesarean births, but they tended to be in labour for about half an hour longer on average.
Read more: www.who.int/workforcealliance/media/news/2013/midwifecochrane/en/
World Health Organisation (WHO) 2020 'Year of the Nurse and Midwife' - www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/01/01/default-calendar/2020---year-of-the-nurse-and-the-midwife
“There is a unique opportunity to honour the nursing contribution to the health of our world in 2020”
“This exciting proposal of the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020 will go a long way to raising the profile of nursing and highlighting the importance of the need for more well-educated nurses, of investing in recruitment and retention strategies and of removing the barriers to the development of advanced nursing roles that are proving highly effective at expanding healthcare coverage,” Annette Kennedy, President of International's Council of Nurses (ICN).
This Week in Maternity... Maternal Morbidity & Mortality rates in US and Shoulder Dystocia explained
Rural-Urban differences in severe Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the US, 2007-2015
In the United States, severe maternal morbidity and mortality is climbing—a reality that is especially challenging for rural communities, which face declining access to obstetric services.
This study found that severe maternal morbidity and mortality increased among both rural and urban residents in the study period, from 109 per 10,000 childbirth hospitalizations in 2007 to 152 per 10,000 in 2015.
Rural residents had a 9 percent greater probability of severe maternal morbidity and mortality, compared with urban residents. Attention to the challenges (both clinical and social factors) faced by rural patients and health care facilities is crucial to the success of efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality in rural areas.
Read more: www.healthaffairs.org/doi/abs/10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00805
Labour Room Emergencies - Shoulder Dystocia
Shoulder dystocia, an obstetrician’s nightmare, represents an important cause for increase in morbidity of the mother and fetus. it is documented as the most common litigated cause in obstetrics since shoulder dystocia is associated with permanent birth-related neonatal injuries and maternal complications in majority of the cases
Periodic “skill drills” should be there for all the birth attendants for increasing awareness and training about shoulder dystocia.
Read more on Shoulder Dystocia: link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-4953-8_35
Read more of this book on 'Labour Room Emergencies', including, Induction, Fetal Surveillance, Instrumental delivery, Caesarean delivery, ruptured uterus, postpartum sepsis, and much more...
Is the Birth Injury Early Notification Scheme achieving its aim?
NHS Resolution launched the Early Notification Scheme, a national programme for the early reporting of infants born with a potential severe brain injury, on 1 April 2017... but is it achieving its aim?
Its stated aim is to:-“Support the stated government priorities to halve the rate of stillbirth, neonatal death and brain injury and improve the safety of maternity care while also responding to the needs to families where clinical negligence is identified including through early admissions of liability where appropriate. The scheme also aims to improve the experience for NHS staff by speeding up the legal process and rapidly sharing learning from avoidable harm.”
The report confirms that the scheme has already reduced the time taken from incident to investigation in some cases involving brain injuries at birth and has led to swift admissions of liability. However, there is still improvements to be made including:
ARTICLE & RESEARCH
Cord Clamping Timing Not Tied to Maternal Blood Loss in C-Section (But more research needed on cord milking in preterm infants, related study finds.)
Delayed Cord Clamping is a big discussion amongst parents these days leading to their birth... So let's learn a little more from a recent study...
There have been many studies regarding the health benefits of 'delayed cord clamping' for infants but limited data on maternal outcomes. This research measures the change in blood loss, hemoglobin levels, and intraventricular hemorrhage.
In Conclusion: Among women undergoing scheduled cesarean delivery of term singleton pregnancies, delayed umbilical cord clamping, compared with immediate cord clamping, resulted in no significant difference in the change in maternal hemoglobin level at postoperative day 1
Read more and view the results: www.medpagetoday.com/obgyn/pregnancy/83465
Full study: 'Effect of delayed verse immediate umbilical cord clamping on maternal blood loss in term cesarean delivery' jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2755613
Further Research: 'Association on umbilical cord milking verse umbilical cord clamping with death or severe intraventricular hemorrhage among pre-term infants. jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2755614
This Week in Maternity... Vaginal Delivery after Cesarean Section (VBAC) or a planned (elective) cesarean?
Planned mode of delivery after a previous cesarean section and short-term maternal and perinatal outcomes: A Population-based record linkage cohort study in Scotland.
NHS response to study: www.nhs.uk/news/pregnancy-and-child/planned-caesareans-safer-women-past-history-caesarean-sections/
This Week In Maternity... U.S Maternal Mortality rate increasing and its cause and Tips for getting through emotional and physical pain after a c-section
Maternal Mortality in the United States...
The U.S. maternal mortality rate has significantly increased from 7.2 deaths per 100,000 live births in 1987 to 16.7 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2016, and the data indicate that more than half of these deaths are preventable.
Unnecessary cesarean sections, limited receipt of proper prenatal and postnatal care, and racial or ethnic disparities are likely contributing to soaring mortality rates.
State maternal mortality review committees are increasingly considered necessary for collecting standardized data on pregnancy-related deaths and providing recommendations and strategies for effective interventions targeting quality and performance improvements.
Read more: www.americanactionforum.org/insight/maternal-mortality-in-the-united-states/#ixzz64Ml2jVrT
Tips for getting through Emotional and Physical Pain after a C-section (A Personal Story)
1. Remind yourself that Pain is temporary
2. Take it really easy the first few days- week to prevent any damage to the incision.
3. It is OK to have HELP during your recovery
4. Pay close attention to your feelings. De-brief your birth and talk to someone (like your midwife).
5. Don't allow a C-section to prevent you from enjoying your time as a mother and with your baby.
For more details: www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/tips-getting-emotional-physical-pain-181315199.html
The Fetal Pillow has undergone many Evidence based studies to show its effectiveness when handling a deeply impacted Fetal head at second stage Caesarean section. Studies have been performed worldwide and have shown the following results when using the Fetal Pillow:
- An improvement in Apgar score
- Decrease in Uterine extensions
- Lower mean intra-operative blood loss
- A decrease need for NICU or ICU
- A shorter duration of postpartum hospital admission
- Safe, effective and easy to use.
To view all evidence and studies on Fetal Pillow visit www.safeob.com/evidence.html
Further studies from the United States will be released in 2020. Keep posted.
This week in Maternity... Australia's popular Rural Medicine Event & Maintaining Maternity care in the U.S.A is vital to Rural Hospital stability
Rural Medicine Australia- Gold Coast Events, 24-26 October, 2019.
Rural Medicine Australia (RMA) is the peak national event for rural and remote doctors of Australia. Hosted by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA), RMA attracts a diverse and collaborative community of junior doctors, students, educators, academics, and medical practitioners who are passionate about generalist medicine in rural and remote communities. The event includes guest speakers presenting talks about Rural Maternity and a Rural Emergency Obstetrics Training (REOT) Workshop.
The event includes innovative and informative presentations, interactive workshops and social events, along with a heap of exhibitors... this is the biggest rural networking event of the year!
For more about the Event: rma.acrrm.org.au/about-rma
Rural Health policy Institute- Maintaining Maternity Care is vital to Rural Hospital Stability
Since 2011, 134 rural hospitals have dropped obstetric services and 18 rural hospitals offering obstetrics have closed. That means that in the past eight years, 152 rural communities across USA have lost access to maternity care.
"There are a variety of financial pressures from Medicare and Medicaid exerting downward pressure on rural hospital markets," said Howard. And unfortunately, policies associated with both of those public systems "disproportionally affect rural hospitals," she added.
Read on to learn how the institute are finding solutions to assist Rural Maternity units and creating financial stability: https://www.aafp.org/news/practice-professional-issues/20190213nrhamaternity.html