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    Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum Issues

    This collection features the best content from AFP, as identified by the AFP editors, on labor, delivery, and postpartum issues and related topics, including breastfeeding, cesarean delivery, episiotomy, labor pain management, postpartum hemorrhage, preterm labor and birth, shoulder dystocia, umbilical cord blood storage, and vaginal delivery. New research may affect the interpretation and application of this material. Clinical judgment is advised. Note that AFP content published within the past two years is accessible to AAFP members and paid subscribers only.
    Jul 15, 2022 Membrane Sweeping at Term to Induce Labor [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Feb 15, 2022 Cervical Ripening in the Outpatient Setting [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]   CME
    Feb 15, 2022 Cervical Ripening and Induction of Labor   CME
    Jun 15, 2021 Obstetric Lacerations: Prevention and Repair
    Nov 01, 2020 Mechanical Methods of Induction of Labor [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Aug 01, 2020 Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring   Alg   PtEd
    May 01, 2019 Risks of Elective Labor Induction vs. Expectant Management [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Nov 01, 2018 Effectiveness of Intrapartum Antibiotics for Meconium-Stained Amniotic Fluid [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Jul 01, 2018 Staples vs. Sutures After Cesarean Delivery [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    May 15, 2018 Maternal Obesity and Labor Induction [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Mar 01, 2018 Intercontraction Intervals for Predicting Timing of Labor Evaluation [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Feb 15, 2016 Labor Induction at Term [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Feb 01, 2015 Cesarean Delivery: Counseling Issues and Complication Management
    Sep 15, 2014 Prostaglandins to Induce Labor in Women with Asthma [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
    Jun 01, 2013 Oxytocin Augmentation During Labor with Epidural Analgesia [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Sep 15, 2011 Umbilical Cord Blood: A Guide for Primary Care Physicians   Alg   PtEd
    Nov 01, 2010 Spending Time with Patients in Labor [Curbside Consultation]
    Editorials and Letters
    May 15, 2022 Credentialing Family Physicians Who Provide Maternity Care [Editorials]   FREE
    Jun 01, 2021 Promoting Safety in Community-Based Birth Settings [Editorials]
    Oct 15, 2019 What Family Physicians Can Do to Reduce Maternal Mortality [Editorials]
    Dec 15, 2011 Rationale for a 39-Week Elective Delivery Policy [Editorials]
    Sep 15, 2011 Umbilical Cord Blood: Importance of Supporting Public Banks [Editorials]
    Feb 01, 2008 Postpartum Appendicitis Presenting as RUQ Pain [Letters to the Editor]
    May 15, 2023 Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
    Apr 15, 2023 Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage: Recommendations From FIGO [Practice Guidelines]   CME
    Jun 01, 2021 Oxytocin as First-line Uterotonic Therapy for Postpartum Hemorrhage [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Jul 15, 2020 Shoulder Dystocia: Managing an Obstetric Emergency   Alg
    May 01, 2020 Tranexamic Acid for Postpartum Hemorrhage [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Sep 01, 2018 Case Report: Successful Maternal and Fetal Outcomes After Uterine Rupture [Letters to the Editor]
    Apr 01, 2017 Postpartum Hemorrhage: Prevention and Treatment   Alg   Tool
    Oct 01, 2015 Reducing Obstetric Hemorrhage: Recommendations from the National Partnership for Maternal Safety [Practice Guidelines]
    Normal Delivery
    Aug 15, 2023 Open Glottis During Delivery and Perineal Trauma [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
    Jun 01, 2021 Out-of-Hospital Birth   PtEd
    Apr 01, 2021 Active vs. Expectant Management in the Third Stage of Labor [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Jan 15, 2021 Antepartum Perineal Massage for Intrapartum Lacerations [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Aug 15, 2018 Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Births: National Partnership for Maternal Safety Releases Consensus Bundle [Practice Guidelines]
    Mar 01, 2016 Controlled Cord Traction During the Third Stage of Labor [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Aug 01, 2015 Management of Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery
    Feb 01, 2015 Planning for Labor and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery: Guidelines from the AAFP [Practice Guidelines]
    Mar 01, 2014 Antenatal Perineal Massage to Prevent Birth Trauma [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Oct 15, 2007 Predicting the Likelihood of Successful Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery [Point-of-Care Guides]   POC
    Oct 01, 2002 Caregiver Support for Women During Childbirth: Does the Presence of a Labor-Support Person Affect Maternal-Child Outcomes? [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Mar 01, 1998 Examination of the Placenta
    Management of Labor Pain
    Mar 15, 2021 Pain Management in Labor   PtEd
    Feb 01, 2019 Complementary and Integrative Treatments for Pain Management in Labor [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Nov 01, 2018 Epidural Analgesia and Risk of Cesarean Delivery [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Jul 01, 2018 Effects of Prenatal Yoga on Labor Pain [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Patient Education, Self-Care
    Sep 15, 2023 Depression During and After Pregnancy: When It's More Than the Baby Blues [Information from Your Family Doctor]   FREE
    Jun 01, 2021 Having a Baby Outside of a Hospital: What You Need to Know [Information from Your Family Doctor]
    Mar 15, 2021 Managing Pain in Labor [Information from Your Family Doctor]
    Aug 01, 2020 Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring [Information from Your Family Doctor]
    Aug 01, 2020 Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring   Alg   PtEd
    Sep 15, 2018 Helpful Tips for Breastfeeding [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Sep 15, 2011 Umbilical Cord Blood [Information from Your Family Doctor]   PtEd
    Postpartum Care and Complications
    Sep 15, 2023 Peripartum Depression: Detection and Treatment   CME   PtEd
    Dec 15, 2021 Single-Dose Oral NSAIDs and Acetaminophen for Perineal Pain in the Early Postpartum Period [Cochrane for Clinicians]   CME
    Oct 15, 2019 Postpartum Care: An Approach to the Fourth Trimester
    Oct 01, 2019 Perinatal Depression: AAP Policy Statement on Recognition and Management [Practice Guidelines]
    Aug 15, 2019 Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Postpartum Depression [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Sep 01, 2018 Chewing Gum for Reducing Post-Cesarean Section Ileus [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Jun 01, 2018 NSAIDs for Postpartum Perineal Pain [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    May 01, 2017 Oral NSAIDs for Perineal Pain in the Early Postpartum Period [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Oct 01, 2015 ACOG Releases Recommendations on Screening for Perinatal Depression [Practice Guidelines]
    Jun 01, 2014 Psychosocial and Psychological Interventions for Preventing Postpartum Depression [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Preterm Labor/Preterm Premature Rupture of the Membranes
    Sep 01, 2020 Placental Alpha Macroglobulin-1 (PartoSure) Immunoassay to Assess the Risk of Spontaneous Preterm Birth [Diagnostic Tests]
    Aug 01, 2020 Fetal Fibronectin Testing in Threatened Preterm Labor [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Jul 15, 2020 Screening for Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnant Persons to Prevent Preterm Delivery: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
    Jun 01, 2020 Potential of Fetal Fibronectin Testing to Prevent Preterm Birth [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Mar 15, 2017 Preterm Labor: Prevention and Management
    Apr 01, 2015 Magnesium Sulfate for Prevention of Preterm Birth [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Mar 01, 2007 Are Oral Betamimetics Effective Maintenance Therapies After Threatened Preterm Labor? [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Abnormal Delivery
    Oct 01, 2020 Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Operative Vaginal Delivery [Medicine by the Numbers]
    Jul 01, 2011 Instruments for Assisted Vaginal Delivery [Cochrane for Clinicians]
    Oct 15, 2008 Vacuum-Assisted Vaginal Delivery
    Dec 15, 2022 Medication Safety in Breastfeeding   CME
    Aug 01, 2019 Skin-to-Skin Contact for Improved Duration of Breastfeeding [FPIN's Help Desk Answers]
    Sep 15, 2018 Breastfeeding: Common Questions and Answers   PtEd
    Apr 15, 2017 Primary Care Interventions to Support Breastfeeding: Recommendation Statement [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]
    Apr 15, 2017 Primary Interventions to Support Breastfeeding [Putting Prevention Into Practice]   Tool
    Jul 01, 2016 FDA Implements New Labeling for Medications Used During Pregnancy and Lactation [Editorials]
    May 01, 2015 The Maternal Health Benefits of Breastfeeding [Editorials]
    Jan 01, 2015 AAFP Releases Position Paper on Breastfeeding [Practice Guidelines]

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