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Center for Disease Control Calls for More Research About the Safety of Using Antidepressant Medications During Pregnancy

February 2nd, 2016

In the CDC’s most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the agency calls for greater research on antidepressant drug use during pregnancy. The CDC’s research in the past has indicated that there may be a link between the use of SSRI antidepressant medications during pregnancy and an increased risk of serious birth defects in children.

The CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) is working to improve the health of mothers and their children with their new Treating for Two initiative. Treating for Two aims to work with pregnant women to identify safer treatment options.

Read more about the CDC’s Treating for Two initiative here.

Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis is a serious complication during labor that may result in serious, irreversible injuries to the mother and child at birth.  Affecting approximately 10% of pregnancies, this condition is also known as intra-amniotic infection (IAI).  Chorioamnionitis is characterized by inflammation and infection of the fetal membranes (amnion and chorion) due to a bacterial infection. This intrauterine infection typically occurs when bacteria ascends from the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. This condition is…

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Incompetent Cervix

An incompetent cervix, also called a cervical insufficiency, is a potentially serious condition of pregnancy that occurs when weak cervical tissue causes or contributes to premature birth or the loss of an otherwise healthy pregnancy. This type of condition has been described by experts as a “diagnostic dilemma”. Because an incompetent cervix can often be difficult to diagnose, physicians should be constantly on the alert for this condition. If there is any suspicion of this…

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Vacuum Extraction And Subgaleal Hematoma

Approximately 5% (1 in 20) of all deliveries in the United States are operative vaginal deliveries. An operative vaginal delivery refers to a physician’s use of either forceps or a vacuum device when a woman’s labor has stalled. Over time, the rate of operative vaginal delivery has been steadily decreasing. However, the number of vacuum-assisted deliveries has been increasing. It is vital that vacuum extraction is done correctly by a trained medical professional. The vacuum-assisted…

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Vacuum-Assisted Delivery And Birth Injury

Sometimes, during the labor and delivery process, the baby needs a little help getting through the birth canal. Approximately 1 out of 20 vaginal deliveries in the United States result in some form of assistance being required. Prolonged labor can be dangerous to the baby as well as extremely painful and exhausting to the mother. Two common forms of assisted delivery, used by medical providers to when labor is stalled, are vacuum extraction and forceps…

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