Reduced mortality rates in UK for 2013 – 2016 - 4th MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report
The 4th MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance report for births in 2016 has been released. The report highlights a reduction in mortality rates from 2013 to 2016 with 300 fewer baby deaths, 200 fewer still births and 100 fewer neonatal deaths. improvements in survival rates for twins was particularly significant. The report did highlight wide regional variation in neonatal mortality rates in England. Full report is available here.
Balance of long-term benefits and risks of caesarean delivery explained
The National Institute of Health research has published details of research into the benefits and risks of caesarean section. The findings suggest caesarean section birth reduced urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, but adversely impacted on women’s future fertility, pregnancy complications and long-term child health, including asthma and obesity. UK NICE guidelines recommend that healthcare professionals should discuss the risks and benefits of both caesarean and vaginal birth with women. This study can provided a overview of some of those risks and benefits. Full details available here.
How the cervix thins and dilates during labour – Video
This video from a childbirth educator uses a balloon and ping pong ball to help demonstrate how the cervix thins and dilates during labour.