Zika vs DEET

Zika vs DEET

Avoiding mosquito bites offers the best protection against Zika virus. Use DEET. But, you should know that this insect repellant is absorbed through the skin. DEET crosses the placenta. This compound will get into the babies bloodstream. But, DEET has never been shown...
What You Can Do to Avoid a Cesarean

What You Can Do to Avoid a Cesarean

Cesarean births dates back to the sixteenth century. Its use, then and now, has saved the lives of countless babies and mothers. But now, one in three babies are delivered via cesarean-section. What one hospital is doing to reduce the number of cesareans was printed...
A Happy Doctor Saves Lives

A Happy Doctor Saves Lives

A happy doctor will practice better medicine.  TheBMJ published a study this month, which highlights the problem or poor staffing on weekends. This can lead to worse outcomes for mothers and babies who deliver on the weekends. This did not surprise me at all. In part,...

PreTerm Labor

On January 6, 2011, happily pregnant, I went to get an ultrasound. I left the office in tears, having been told that my cervix was shorter and more open than it should be and that I was in danger of delivering early, which at 20 weeks and 2 days, meant certain death...