January is Cervical Health Awareness Month in the USA, and it is important for educators to share fact-based information about what people can do to take care of their cervix in order to have a healthy pregnancy and birth. 13,000 people a year are diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Every 4 ½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That means approximately 120,000 babies are affected by birth defects each year. Childbirth educators can help families prevent and deal with detected birth defects.
Pregnant people experiencing stress and anxiety is at higher risk of obstetrical complications including preterm birth and low birth weight babies. The scientists hypothesized that music therapy would reduce stress during the pregnancy, during the birth, and for the baby. Read this research review!
Dr. Rachel Reed is a Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She is the author of the internationally-respected blog, Midwife Thinking. Dr. Reed has recently published a new book entitled, Why Induction Matters. Tanya Strusberg reviews it here.
The Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women has issued their recommendations to Congress and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. People need to know what medications are safe during pregnancy and lactation.