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Grand Multiparity

The term grand multiparity is used in reference to women who have previously given birth several times. Some consider a pregnant patient to be a grand multipara if she has already given birth four or more times, and a great grand multipara if she has already given birth nine or more times. These numbers include…

Maternal Mortality in the United States

The likelihood of a woman dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes in the United States is higher than that of a woman in any other developed nation. Currently, the rate of maternal mortality (estimated at 26 out of 100,000 live births[1]) is almost six times what it is in Scandinavia (2). It is higher even…

This Preeclampsia Awareness Month, Learn the Risks!

Mark your calendars, because it’s Preeclampsia Awareness Month! This event seeks to educate the public about this potentially life-threatening condition and disseminate information regarding when pregnant women should talk to their doctors about the health risks that can accompany it. Preeclampsia Affects a Sizeable Portion of Pregnancies Preeclampsia (high blood pressure that appears during pregnancy,…

May is American Stroke Awareness Month!

This May, educate yourself about strokes, especially those that can happen to mothers and /or infants around the time of pregnancy, birth and delivery. What is a Stroke? A stroke is a brain injury where blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted. When this happens, brain cells begin to die.  There are…

Potential Preeclampsia Biomarkers Found | Birth Injury Research

The Importance of Biomarkers in Preeclampsia New research in the Journal of Perinatology has demonstrated that it is possible to identify specific biomarkers for preeclampsia, a dangerous condition that can progress quickly into several risky health conditions that pose great health risks for mother and fetus, including:        Eclampsia        Placental abruption         HELLP Syndrome         Neonatal asphyxia and…