Midtrimester amniotic fluid from healthy pregnancies has no microorganisms using multiple methods of microbiologic inquiry

There is controversy about whether the amniotic fluid contains bacteria. With the use of sequencing-based methods, recent studies report that the amniotic fluid is colonized by microorganisms. However, background-contaminating DNA might lead to false-positive findings when such a low microbial biomass sample is examined.

Identification of factors associated with delayed treatment of obstetric hypertensive emergencies

Obstetric hypertensive emergency is defined as having systolic blood pressure ≥160 mm Hg or diastolic blood pressure ≥110 mm Hg, confirmed 15 minutes apart. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that acute-onset, severe hypertension be treated with first line-therapy (intravenous labetalol, intravenous hydralazine or oral nifedipine) within 60 minutes to reduce risk…

Evaluation of an external fetal electrocardiogram monitoring system: a randomized controlled trial

The objective of the study was to compare interpretability of 2 intrapartum abdominal fetal heart rate–monitoring strategies. We hypothesized that an external fetal electrocardiography monitoring system, a newer technology using wireless abdominal pads, would generate more interpretable fetal heart rate data compared with standard external Doppler fetal heart rate monitoring (standard external…

Midtrimester amniotic fluid from healthy pregnancies has no microorganisms using multiple methods of microbiologic inquiry

There is controversy about whether the amniotic fluid contains bacteria. With the use of sequencing-based methods, recent studies report that the amniotic fluid is colonized by microorganisms. However, background-contaminating DNA might lead to false-positive findings when such a low microbial biomass sample is examined.

Evaluation of an external fetal electrocardiogram monitoring system: a randomized controlled trial

The objective of the study was to compare interpretability of 2 intrapartum abdominal fetal heart rate–monitoring strategies. We hypothesized that an external fetal electrocardiography monitoring system, a newer technology using wireless abdominal pads, would generate more interpretable fetal heart rate data compared with standard external Doppler fetal heart rate monitoring (standard external…

Metformin use in obese mothers is associated with improved cardiovascular profile in the offspring

Maternal obesity increases the risk for pregnancy complications and adverse neonatal outcome and has been associated with long-lasting adverse effects in the offspring, including increased body fat mass, insulin resistance, and increased risk for premature cardiovascular disease. Lifestyle interventions in pregnancy have produced no or modest effects in the reduction of adverse pregnancy outcomes…