World Health Organization Offers Recommendations To Prevent Childbirth Deaths
Meanwhile, is laughing gas making a comeback for use during labor?
The New York Times:
While Pregnant, Women Should Get Health Care 8 Times, W.H.O. Says
Women should see a doctor, nurse or trained midwife at least eight times during each pregnancy, with five of those visits in the last trimester, the World Health Organization said Monday as it issued 49 recommendations to prevent deaths in childbirth. Previously, the agency had advised women to visit clinics four times per pregnancy. It also acknowledges the important role of local midwives in poor countries where mothers must travel long distances to see doctors or nurses. (McNeil, 11/7)
Kaiser Health News:
Laughing Gas For Labor Pain? It’s Poised For A Comeback
Since the mid-1800s, laughing gas been used for pain relief, but it’s usually associated with a visit to the dentist. In the early 20th century, women used it to ease the pain of labor, but its use declined in favor of more potent analgesia. Now, a small band of midwives is helping to revive its use in the U.S. (Espeland Gourlay, 11/8)