May is International Doula Month. A doula is a professional who provides emotional, physical and informational support to families during the childbearing year.
ACOG released new recommendations for postpartum contact in a Committee Opinion "Optimizing Postpartum Care" that recognizes more frequent and comprehensive services during the postpartum period can help to identify problems, offer treatment and refer to other professionals.
The World Health Organization just released updated guidelines "WHO recommendations: Intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience" and it is an important 212-page tome. It is full of evidence-based information that can certainly improve maternal-infant care.
Author and evidence-based maternity care expert Henci Goer, a frequent Science & Sensibility contributor, examines the abstract of the ARRIVE Trial (the only published material from the study available at this time) and shares with S&S readers her careful examination of the study's conclusions.
One of my favorite ways to stay in the loop is to sign up for the newsletters of organizations that I want to stay connected with and who I feel are the shakers and the movers in the field of maternal-infant health. Here are nine you need to sign up for now.