A new study was just released: Virtual Reality Analgesia in Labor: The VRAIL Pilot Study—A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial Suggesting Benefit of Immersive Virtual Reality Analgesia in Unmedicated Laboring Women that examined the impact of virtual reality on reducing pain in labor.
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!
A research review examining that babies of color in the NICU have less access to both their own parent's breast/chestmilk but also less access to donor milk.
"Effect of Immediate vs Delayed Pushing on Rates of Spontaneous Vaginal Delivery Among Nulliparous Women Receiving Neuraxial Analgesia: A Randomized Clinical Trial" - a deeper dive to see if its conclusions hold up to closer scrutiny.
There is a new Cochrane Review that was published earlier this week "Omega-3 fatty acid addition during pregnancy" that determined that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births.