Human placental lactogen

Clinical investigation on the use of acupuncture for treatment of placental retention

Chauhan P, Gasser FJ, Chauhan AM. American Journal of Acupuncture 1998; 26(1): 19-25.

Research Summaries for Normal Birth

In this column, the author presents summaries of four research studies that further support the benefits of normal birth. The topics of the studies address cord clamping of term infants, the asso...

Long-Term Effects of Cesarean Sections: Ectopic Pregnancies and Placental Problems

By Elina Hemminki and Jouni Meriläinen

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Volume 174, Number 5, 1996

The authors of this study point out that the large number of cesarean sections performed in many countries has caused worries because of financial costs, immediate maternal morbidity, and questionable benefits to babies. However, few studies exist about the long-term effects of cesarean section. Some studies have suggested lowered fertility, more sterilizations, increased risk of placenta previa, and worse infant outcomes in subsequent pregnancies.

Miscarriage alert

midlife motherhood

Doctors who wait until a woman has three miscarriages before seriously investigating the problem may be doing their patients a disservice, says Jonathan Scher, MD, an OB/GYN and the author of the newly revised Preventing Miscarriages: The Good News. There are conditions -- such as a lack of progesterone, which interferes with the buildup of the uterine lining -- that can be treated to produce a successful pregnancy. He recommends that women who've had two miscarriages or, in some cases, even just one, do the following:

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