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Taking an Active Role in Your Recovery

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | November 12, 2014 | Alexandra Rosas

I was once someone who never felt that I'd be normal again. But recovery is made up of small steps that lead us to a successful life – these steps toward wellness matter, because being active versus passive about your recovery greatly increases the likelihood of a positive outcome...

Timing of Epidural Is Up to the Mother

HBNS STORY | October 9, 2014

When a woman is in labor, the appropriate time to give an epidural during childbirth is when she asks for it, suggests a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Pressure from Providers Leads Some Women to Have C-Sections, Inductions

HBNS STORY | September 23, 2014

Pregnant women who felt pressured to have a labor induction or cesarean section by their obstetrical care providers were significantly more likely to have these procedures, even if there was no medical need for them, suggests a new study in Health Services Research.

Many New Parents Unaware of Safety Guidelines

HBNS STORY | April 8, 2014

A new parent’s health literacy can affect their ability to follow recommendations to protect infants from injury, finds a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Advice for People New to Health Insurance (Part 5): Do You Need a Yearly Checkup?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | December 30, 2013 | Be a Prepared Patient

In part five of our series, we look at the yearly check-up and offer resources for people who are trying to decide which preventive care services are right for them...

Latest Health Behavior News

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | August 30, 2013 | Health Behavior News Service

This week in health news: For teens, fighting is bad for the brain | Skeptical elderly turn to home remedies | Bedwetting treatments offer help | Green light for eating and drinking during labor

Restricting Food and Fluids During Labor is Unwarranted

HBNS STORY | August 22, 2013

Despite the longstanding, widespread practice of restricting women’s food and fluid intake during labor, a large-scale analysis in The Cochrane Library finds it unwarranted and supports women eating and drinking as they please.

Do Antioxidants Improve a Woman’s Chances of Conceiving?

HBNS STORY | August 6, 2013

There is no high quality evidence that antioxidant supplements help to increase a woman’s chances of having a baby, according to the results of a new Cochrane review.

Later Cord Clamping After Birth Increases Iron Levels in Babies

HBNS STORY | July 11, 2013

Delaying clamping of the umbilical cord after birth benefits newborn babies, according to a systematic review published in The Cochrane Library.

‘How’ Trumps ‘What’ in Patient Experience Success

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | June 4, 2013 | Jason Wolf

Since my last blog post where I stressed the need for our continued commitment to push the patient experience movement forward I have had a positive, life-changing experience. Early on Friday, April 19, as we were wrapping up Patient Experience Conference 2013, my wife called to let me know she was having contractions. "Nothing imminent," she calmly told me.

Are Patient Navigators Necessary? Or Just Nice?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | May 22, 2013 | Jessie Gruman

I know that each time I have received a cancer-related diagnosis, I felt like I had been drop-kicked into a foreign country: I didn't know the language, I didn't understand the culture, I didn't have a map and I desperately wanted to find my way home.

Birthing Centers Provide Equal or Better Deliveries

HBNS STORY | April 18, 2013

Low-income women who chose to deliver their baby at a birthing center under the care of a certified nurse-midwife had the same or better birthing experience as women under traditional care with a hospital-based obstetrician, according to a new study in Health Services Research.

Handling Treatment Side Effects

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Sometimes treatment can produce troubling side effects. Here’s how to recognize them and what to do if you have them.

Participate in Your Treatment

PREPARED PATIENT RESOURCE | Participate in Your Treatment

Better health is more likely when we agree on a plan of action with our doctor and follow it.

Keeping Mom and Baby Together After Delivery Beneficial

HBNS STORY | September 13, 2012

“Rooming in,” keeping mother and her newborn in the same room 24/7 to encourage breastfeeding, does support the practice, at least in the short term, finds a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Being Overweight Years Before Pregnancy Linked to Bigger Babies

HBNS STORY | June 26, 2012

Women who become overweight or obese during the transition from adolescence to adulthood are significantly more likely to give birth to babies with excessive birth weights, according to a new study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Cervical Stitch Has Risks, Decreases Pre-term Births for Few Women

HBNS STORY | April 18, 2012

A new evidence review from The Cochrane Library finds that cerclage, a procedure intended to provide support to the cervix during pregnancy, provides no clinically significant difference in the number of fetal deaths or newborn complications compared to women who don’t receive the treatment.

Popular Fetal Monitoring Method Leads To More C-Sections

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2012

A new research review suggests that the use of one popular method of fetal monitoring does not improve maternal and fetal outcomes and makes women more likely to have cesarean sections.

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Baby?

PREPARED PATIENT BLOG | January 24, 2012 | Kenny Lin

My wife and I are expecting our third child, and our new insurance plan requires us to pay 20% coinsurance for all non-preventive care. Given the rapid rate of health care inflation, we thought it prudent to find out how much it would cost this time around. So, we asked for an estimate of the charges. It seemed like a reasonable enough request'

Pre-Existing Hypertension Linked to Depression in Pregnant Women

HBNS STORY | November 10, 2011

Women with a history of high blood pressure before getting pregnant have a higher risk of depression than women who develop pregnancy-related hypertension, according to a new study.

Excluding Hypertension, Review Finds Calcium Supplements Have No Benefit During Pregnancy

HBNS STORY | October 5, 2011

Most physicians instruct pregnant women to increase their calcium intake, but a new evidence review of potential benefits of calcium supplementation for mom and baby found none, except for the treatment of pregnancy-related hypertension.

Drug Speeds Up Slow Labor but Doesn’t Prevent C-Sections

HBNS STORY | July 14, 2011

A new review says that oxytocin, a medication often used to quicken slow-paced labor in its early stages, doesn’t decrease a woman’s risk of having a complicated birth involving forceps or a cesarean section.

Inner-City Health Centers Could Do More to Boost Breastfeeding

HBNS STORY | May 6, 2011

Health centers and birth hospitals serving largely minority populations could do more to promote and encourage recommended breastfeeding, according to a new study of Philadelphia safety-net health clinics.

Rising Rates of Tubal Pregnancies Cause Concern

HBNS STORY | April 5, 2011

Ectopic – or tubal – pregnancies can be dangerous for mothers, leading to rupture of the fallopian tube and possible hemorrhage, and they appear to be on the rise, according to a new study.

Minority Women Might Have Higher Depression Risk During Pregnancy

HBNS STORY | March 22, 2011

A new study finds that African-American and Asian/Pacific Islander women have double the risk that others do of becoming depressed before giving birth.

Pacifiers Don’t Interfere With Established Breastfeeding, Review Finds

HBNS STORY | March 15, 2011

A new review finds no association between pacifier use and early cessation of nursing.

Instruments Can Assist Birth, But With Risks to Mother, Child

HBNS STORY | November 9, 2010

Forceps might be a better instrument than a vacuum cup for assisting a successful birth, but new mothers might experience more trauma and complications after a forceps delivery, according to a new review of studies.

Alternative Birthing Rooms Safe for Mom, Baby

HBNS STORY | September 7, 2010

Low-Cost Program Encourages Latina Moms to Seek Postpartum Care

HBNS STORY | August 19, 2010

Synthetic Sutures Might Be Less Painful for Stitches Following Birth

HBNS STORY | June 15, 2010

Quitting Smoking Before Pregnancy Could Save Babies’ Lives

HBNS STORY | June 8, 2010

Acetaminophen Alone Works Well for Postpartum Pain

HBNS STORY | March 16, 2010

Fed When Hungry, Premature Babies Go Home Sooner

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010

Routine Antibiotic Use Reduces Mothers’ Infection Risk From C-Section

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2010