Labor, Delivery, Postpartum

Mar 1, 2016 Issue
Controlled Cord Traction During the Third Stage of Labor [Medicine by the Numbers]

The overall risk-to-benefit ratio of controlled cord traction is unclear. Find out more.

Feb 15, 2016 Issue
Labor Induction at Term [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]

Oral misoprostol (Cytotec), vaginal and intracervical prostaglandins, and mechanical methods are effective for induction of labor at term. The use of intravenous oxytocin (Pitocin) increases the risk of failure to achieve vaginal delivery at 24 hours and the risk of cesarean delivery compared with p...

Oct 1, 2015 Issue
ACOG Releases Recommendations on Screening for Perinatal Depression [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released recommendations on screening women for perinatal depression, with the purpose of increasing awareness of depression and lessening the effects it has on pregnant and post-partum women and their families.

Oct 1, 2015 Issue
Reducing Obstetric Hemorrhage: Recommendations from the National Partnership for Maternal Safety [Practice Guidelines]

A consensus bundle, with recommendations for reducing and managing obstetric hemorrhage and improving overall maternal care, has been published by the National Partnership for Maternal Safety.

Aug 1, 2015 Issue
Management of Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery [Article]

Most births in the United States are normal spontaneous vaginal deliveries, and most women who have had a previous cesarean delivery are candidates for a trial of labor. Learn how to help improve birth outcomes in each stage of labor.

Feb 1, 2015 Issue
Planning for Labor and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Guidelines from the AAFP [Practice Guidelines]

This guideline from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which provides information on health outcomes associated with labor after cesarean delivery/vaginal birth after cesarean delivery (LAC/VBAC), replaces the 2005 guideline on trial of labor after cesarean delivery. Its purpose is to...

Feb 1, 2015 Issue
Cesarean Delivery: Counseling Issues and Complication Management [Article]

Learn about common indications; postoperative care recommendations; and early postoperative complications, which are typically infectious.

Nov 15, 2014 Issue
Self-Administered GBS Testing in Pregnant Women [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

There is no difference in the sensitivity of swabs for detecting GBS when collected by patients vs. physicians; therefore, either method can be used. Patients do not express a consistent preference for self-collection of samples vs. collection by a physician.

Sep 15, 2014 Issue
Prostaglandins to Induce Labor in Women with Asthma [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]

There is little evidence evaluating whether prostaglandins used to induce labor increase the risk of bronchospasm in patients with asthma. The use of dinoprostone to induce labor is not associated with asthma exacerbations or reduced oxygen saturation in patients with active asthma or a history of asthma.

Jun 1, 2014 Issue
Psychosocial and Psychological Interventions for Preventing Postpartum Depression [Cochrane for Clinicians]

A range of prevention strategies can reduce the risk of postpartum depression, but more study is needed to determine which interventions are most effective.

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