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Many perinatal and maternal deaths avoidable – report

John Kerr posted in on June 14th, 2012.

A new report reviewing the leading causes of death among mothers and children in New Zealand has highlighted maternal suicide during, or shortly after, pregnancy as a tragedy that needs to be addressed. The annual report of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee (PMMRC) shows suicide continues to be the leading cause of maternal […]

Pain relief in labour – what works?

John Kerr posted in on March 16th, 2012.

A new study has drawn together findings from hundreds of clinical trials to identify the most effective and safest pain relief option available to women during labour.  It finds the strongest evidence for drugs, though some non-drug methods may work and improve women’s satisfaction with their pain relief. Other popular options are not backed by […]

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 […]

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