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Study finds more adverse outcomes for midwife-led pregnancies – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 28th, 2016.

New research from the University of Otago has found an excess of adverse outcomes for midwife-led compared to medically-led deliveries. The five-year study, published in PLOS Medicine, found mothers with medical-led care had lower odds of some adverse outcomes for their children, including oxygen deprivation, neonatal encephalopathy and a low Apgar score. New Zealand College […]

Change of heart over baby baskets – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on August 4th, 2016.

The Health Minister has reassessed his stance on safe-sleep pods for babies following a New Zealand Herald investigation and advocacy from scientists. NZ Herald investigative reporter Olivia Carville found the Ministry of Health had restricted the reach of flax-woven wahakura, or their plastic counterparts pepi-pods, despite evidence showing they reduce the risk of Sudden Unexpected […]

Sperm banking for young men – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 26th, 2015.

A bioethicist’s call for young men to freeze their sperm for future use has received a chilly reception from independent experts. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Dr Kevin Smith, from Abertay University in Dundee, suggested state-sponsored sperm-banking as way of avoiding the complications of older fatherhood. Younger men could freeze their healthier sperm […]

Sleep & stillbirth study draws media attention

John Kerr posted in on June 16th, 2011.

The publication of a New Zealand study examining the link between sleep habits and stillbirth in pregnancy has received strong international media interest. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found that the risk of stillbirth for women who slept on their left side was 1.96 per 1000 compared with 3.93 per 1000 for […]

Stillbirth – New Zealand’s quiet epidemic

John Kerr posted in on April 14th, 2011.

Today the Lancet published its comprehensive article series on stillbirth, drawing attention to the understated global prevalence of the phenomenon. One baby out of every 130 who reach the midpoint of pregnancy in New Zealand and Australia will be stillborn. Unexplained stillbirth is ten times more common that cot death (SIDS), and yet the issue […]

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