Every week the SHEis.com team scours the internet looking for news articles and videos related to women’s health issues.  We aggregate all that research here, so it is all in one place for you.  We would love to hear from you on any of the content below.

SHE is in the News – Headlines for the Week of 9/24/18:

What states aren’t doing to save new mothers’ lives

What states aren't doing to save new mothers' lives

If you were going to try to stop mothers from dying in childbirth, you might try what most states in America have done: assign a panel of experts to review what’s going wrong and offer ideas to fix it.

But that hasn’t worked.

Death rates among pregnant women and new mothers have gotten worse, even as wealthy countries elsewhere improved. Today, the U.S. is the most dangerous place in the developed world to deliver a baby.

Read the full story at: USA Today (9/20)

Jaelin’s Comments: Ok, ok, I know!  Here she goes again…  But really this is so frustrating!!!!   The medical establishment in this country is failing and women are dying.  The evidence is pretty clear, one of the biggest reasons why our outcomes are so bad is that we do not practice evidence based medicine when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth.  The US medical community treats pregnancy like it is a disease and babies like they are tumors that need to be “cut out”.  Let this fact sink in: A little over 1/3 of all women going into a US hospital to deliver a baby will end up with major surgery (a c-section).  In some US hospitals the rate is 50% to 60%!!!  The World Health Organization believes this number should be more like 10% to 15% (I personally think we could get down to around 5%).   This ever climbing c-section rate is just a symptom of the standardized cascade of mostly unnecessary (again, evidence based…) interventions.  These departures from what should be a very normal, natural process have many complications and often result in trauma (including death) to the mothers and babies. 

This article talks about panels of doctors trying to determine why their states or hospitals are having the terrible result they have.  And the author seems shocked that these doctors are not focused on failures in medical care, but on “other” contributing factors.  Why would you possibly think that the medical establishment would criticize themselves, when they have a golden egg laying goose.   

My favorite quote from the article is: “The numbers are staggering. This is not the developing world. This is the United States of America,” said U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. “We can’t answer basic questions like why. Why are these numbers going up?”  

What do you think, let me know in the comments below?

Overweight in Pregnancy? Here’s How to Keep Excess Pounds at Bay

Overweight in Pregnancy? Here's How to Keep Excess Pounds at Bay

Heather Kinion never spent much time thinking about her weight. But when she got pregnant, that changed.

“My sister had a baby a few years before me and had gained a bunch of weight, and she still hadn’t lost it when I got pregnant,” Kinion said. So the Chicago-area mom-to-be was happy to sign up for a nutritional counseling program her doctor’s office was offering as part of a study.

The study program from Northwestern University is dubbed Momfit. It encourages expectant mothers to eat healthy foods, gain the recommended amount of weight, exercise regularly, and sleep seven to nine hours a night.

Read the full story at: HealthDay News (9/25)


Fish-rich diets in pregnancy may boost babies’ brain development

Fish-rich diets in pregnancy may boost babies' brain development

Women could enhance the development of their unborn child’s eyesight and brain function by regularly eating fatty fish during pregnancy. This is the suggestion from a small-scale study. The research supports previous findings that show how important a prospective mother’s diet and lifestyle choices are for the development of her baby.

Read the full story at: ScienceDaily (9/20)


Fewer American Teens Having Sex, Most Using Birth Control

Fewer American Teens Having Sex, Most Using Birth Control

In a finding that should ease parents’ minds, new research shows that fewer American teens are having sex and most of those who do are using some form of birth control.

But scientists also found that sexual violence has become more common among high school students and condom use has declined.

“Many young people become sexually active during high school,” said study co-author Laura Lindberg, a principal research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, the nonprofit research organization that published the report on Sept. 20.

Read the full story at: HealthDay News (9/21)


High Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome May Favor Screening in Diabetes

High Prevalence of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome May Favor Screening in Diabetes

The high prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in patients with both type 1 diabetes (T1D) or type 2 (T2D) justifies screening in this population, according to a review article published in Diabetes and Metabolism.

Read the full story at: Endocrinology Advisor (9/24)


Why a regular bedtime may benefit your heart and metabolism

Why a regular bedtime may benefit your heart and metabolism

The cardiometabolic health risks linked to sleep deprivation are numerous.

These health risks include weight gain, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, however, is also vital for health.

A study from last year reported that “social jet lag” — that is, the difference in sleep and waking times between the weekend and the weekdays — can also raise the risk of heart disease.

Read the full story at: Medical News Today (9/24)


Breastfeeding better for babies’ weight gain than pumping, new study says

Breastfeeding better for babies' weight gain than pumping, new study says

Research has already shown a link between breastfeeding and lower obesity risk for babies. But a new study finds another association: “Breast is best” for them even compared with giving babies breast milk out of the bottle.

The benefits of direct breastfeeding included slower weight gain and lower BMI scores at 3 months, according to a Canadian study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

Read the full story at: CNN (9/24)


Breastfeeding can boost brain development in premature babies

Breastfeeding can boost brain development in premature babies

Breast milk sure has a lot of health benefits for babies. According to a new research, babies born before their due date show better brain development when fed breast milk rather than formula milk. Premature birth has been linked to an increased possibility of problems with learning and thinking skills in later life, which are thought to be linked to alterations in brain development. Experts say that helping mothers to provide breast milk in the weeks after giving birth could improve long-term outcomes for children born pre-term.

Read the full story at: Hindustan Times (India)/Asian News International (9/22)


HHS Supportive of MAT Prescribing by Nurse Anesthetists, Midwives

HHS Supportive of MAT Prescribing by Nurse Anesthetists, Midwives

Nurse anesthetists and nurse midwives should be permitted to prescribe medication-assisted treatment to patients with opioid use disorder, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) official said.

“Nurse anesthetists can give any drug in the [operating room]; they put you under; and they’re very trained in pain management”… that would seem an obvious category to consider,” Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health and senior advisor for opioid policy at HHS, told MedPage Today Thursday at a reporter briefing on the opioid crisis. “Nurse midwives could be another group you might consider; we do support that being considered by Congress to expand those categories.”

Read the full story at: MedPage Today (free registration) (9/21)


Heroin Use Down, Marijuana Use Up in New SAMHSA Survey

Heroin use in general in the United States is down, but the rate of overall substance use in young adults is higher, and there is greater use of marijuana among pregnant women, according to the latest annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

Read the full story at: Medscape (free registration) (9/18)


Chemotherapy Used to Treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in Women Age 35 or Older Risks Damage to Ovaries, Study Finds

Chemotherapy Used to Treat Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in Women Age 35 or Older Risks Damage to Ovaries, Study Finds

Damage to the ovaries is likely in women with Hodgkin’s lymphoma who are 35 years old or older and given standard chemotherapy, and in those at any age treated with BEACOPP chemotherapy, a secondary analysis of a Phase 3 study shows.

Read the full story at: Lymphoma News Today (9/21)


Why do women still die giving birth?

Why do women still die giving birth?

According to the latest UN global estimates, 303,000 women a year die in childbirth, or as a result of complications arising from pregnancy. This equates to about 830 women dying each day – roughly one every two minutes.

The majority of deaths are from conditions that could have been prevented had women received the right medical care throughout their pregnancies and during birth. Severe bleeding and infections after childbirth are the biggest killers, but high blood pressure, obstructed labour and unsafe abortions all contribute.

Read the full story at: The Guardian (London) (9/24)


Palliative care consultation linked to lower deaths by failed code resuscitation

Palliative care consultation linked to lower deaths by failed code resuscitation

Most pediatric deaths across the United States occur in hospitals, but little is known about how these children die and what role withdrawing/withholding life sustaining technologies plays in those deaths.

Read the full story at: 2 Minute Medicine (9/19)








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.