With nearly 4 million births a year (CDC) and recommended monthly OB/GYN check-ups, OB/GYNs in the United States expect to annually receive over 36 million visits regarding pregnancy alone. Below are articles pertaining to research findings and developments in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.

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Prolonged Second Stage of Labor

SYNOPSIS: Recently a randomized clinical trial has demonstrated that a greater threshold for second stage labor time in nulliparous patients can lead to a significant decrease in the need for and rate of cesarean sections.

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Water Birth Death

Despite a lack of thorough statistics, home water births seem to be not only increasingly prevalent in both the US and the UK, but also gaining traction in Australia and Europe.

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Zika Virus Update — What Should Patients Know?

A Harvard Opinion Research Program report from a survey series conducted testing public response to health emergencies in the United States shows that around four in 10 adults in households with someone considering pregnancy or already pregnant are unaware that the Zika virus is transmitted sexually.

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Zika Virus Effects on the Fetus

SYNOPSIS: The Zika virus’s indolence in South American, Central American and Caribbean countries has not prevented concern from flourishing regarding its association with microcephaly and neurological impairment, especially as the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil loom large.

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