Doctors warn of demand for ‘vaginal seeding’ despite thin evidence

British doctors say more parents are requesting so-called “vaginal seeding”, when a swab from the mother’s vagina is wiped into a newborn’s mouth after caesarean-section birth, despite a lack of evidence for its medical benefits. The practice, also known as microbirthing, involves wiping the swab over the baby’s mouth, eyes, face and skin to bring…

Why you can’t just wipe out mosquitoes to get rid of the Zika virus

On Saturday Colombia’s national health institute confirmed that more than 2 100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the Zika virus, which has been linked to a devastating birth defect that affects a foetus’ brain. The mosquito-borne disease, for which there is no vaccine or treatment, has been quickly spreading across the Americas since May, when…

‘Unnecessarily high’ caesarean section rate is cause for concern

The inability of labour ward staff to interpret medical technology used to monitor the foetal heart beat during child birth, and the lack of skilled midwives who can perform assisted deliveries have led to South Africa’s cesarean section (C-section) rate having doubled since 2000/2001. That’s according to the 2013/2014 District Health Barometer, published by the…