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Jaelin Stickels, CNM, WHNP-BC, APRN

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Cot death risk halved with just 2 months of breast-feeding

A large study of more than 9,000 infants from different countries and cultures has found that breast-feeding for just 2 months may halve the risk of sudden infant death syndrome, or cot death.  In a paper that was recently published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers report how they analyzed data pooled from eight major international studies on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) that also had data on breast-feeding

Medical News Today (11/1)



Hepatitis C rates spike in Wis., report says

A study in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed the rate of pregnant women in Wisconsin with hepatitis C virus infection rose by 93% between 2011 and 2015, suggesting a higher likelihood of HCV transmission to infants. Researchers said the increasing prevalence of hepatitis C infection among women of child-bearing age in the Midwest and elsewhere in the US shows a need for clinicians to increase diagnostics and surveillance.

Healio (free registration)/HCVnext (10/26)



Study: Pesticides on fruits, vegetables tied to fertility issues

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine found women who ate at least 2.3 daily servings of fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues while undergoing fertility treatments had an 18% lower likelihood of pregnancy and a 26% reduced chance of a live birth, compared with women who ate less than one serving daily. Eating fruits and vegetables with high pesticide residues was linked to the probability of losing a pregnancy, while intake of fruits and vegetables with low pesticide levels was associated with increased odds of pregnancy and giving birth.

CNN (10/30)



Practice bulletin covers trial of labor after cesarean

A practice bulletin in Obstetrics & Gynecology sets out recommendations for a trial of labor after cesarean delivery. The authors said research suggests most women with one previous cesarean delivery with a low-transverse incision are good candidates for a trial of labor. ACNM applauds ACOG’s progress. There is more work to be done, but this is a critical step in addressing the lack of access to VBAC. Read the ACNM Position Statement: Vaginal Birth After Cesarean.

Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (10/26)



AAP calls for donation of cord blood after birth   

A leading group of U.S. pediatricians is encouraging parents to donate to public cord blood banks after the birth of their children.

The past decade has seen an increase in the use of umbilical cord blood for stem cell transplants that can save children with fatal or debilitating diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement.

HealthDay News (10/30)


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Study links infertility in women to increased mortality risk

A University of Pennsylvania study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s annual congress found women who were infertile were at a 45% greater risk of dying from breast cancer and a 10% increased risk of premature death, compared with fertile women. The findings were based on over 78,000 women who were followed by the researchers for 13 years.

The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (10/30)



Study ties being underweight to early menopause

A study in Human Reproduction found women who experienced being underweight in early or mid-adulthood were at a 30% higher risk of experiencing menopause before the age of 45. The findings were based on data for 78,759 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study II.

Medical News Today (10/26),  New Scientist (free content) (10/26)


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CDC panel updates pediatric vaccination schedules

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued an updated pediatric immunization schedule recommending that children should receive their first rotavirus vaccine dose by age 14 weeks and 6 days and their final dose by age 8 months and 0 days, while healthy babies weighing more than 2,000 grams whose mothers are hepatitis B surface antigen negative should receive the hepatitis B vaccine within the first day of life. The updated vaccination schedule also removes the MenHibrix vaccine and includes several formatting changes for easier clinician interpretation.

Healio (free registration) (10/26)


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Maternity ward closings create problems in Washington, D.C.

The closure of two labor and delivery units at hospitals in Washington, D.C., along with additional obstetric changes at a third facility, have created a “maternity care desert” on the city’s east side, according to the D.C. chapter of the American College of Nurse-Midwives. The changes affect areas serving many low-income women, who already had problems with access to care, and Caitlin Givens, CNM, said it is “a huge maternal health crisis.”

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/28)



Midwives push for better reproductive health care for black women

Midwives including Afua Hassan of Houston are raising awareness about the need for research into the maternal health of African-American women and advocating for increased access to reproductive care. US women overall have a higher mortality rate than in other countries, and the rate is even higher among black women.

Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (10/26),  Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)


Preemie awareness month

November is Prematurity Awareness Month

Premature birth and its complications are the leading cause of death of babies in the US and worldwide. Help spread awareness of the causes and prevention of prematurity with new resources and mark Nov. 17 as World Prematurity Day. Read more.


Maternal Mortality

Join the CDC for its November Grand Rounds on maternal mortality

On Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1 p.m. EST, the CDC will present its November Public Health Grand Rounds session, “Meeting the Challenges of Measuring and Preventing Maternal Mortality in the United States.” Come in person or watch live on Facebook and elsewhere. Read more.



About the Author

Jaelin Stickels

Jaelin married her high school sweetheart (Ted) in 1984 and is the proud mother of 3 grown children (2 boys & a girl). She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, a Master’s Degree from Georgetown and holds several other professional certifications related to health and wellness; currently, she is working on her Doctorate degree. Jaelin works as a Midwife and Nurse Practitioner with her business partner Andie Wyrick at Holistic Heritage Homebirth in the Woodlands Texas.