Obstetrics

Reflecting on why surgical swabs are being left behind and exploring how this could be prevented

In medical literature, retained surgical swabs are referred to as ‘gossypiboma’ (Williams et al, 1978; Zbar et al, 1998; Kiernan et al, 2008). The etymology for gossypiboma appears to derive from...

Temporal trend of early pregnancy high body mass index in Australian women: risk factors and outcomes

High body mass index (BMI) is currently the world's most common health problem. From 1980–2015, the prevalence of higher than normal BMI has doubled worldwide and has increased continuously in most...

People with learning disabilities accessing maternity services

Public Health England has estimated that 1 087 100 people in England, including 930 400 adults, have a degree of learning difficulty (Public Health England Learning Disabilities Observatory, 2015)...

Introducing a preterm surveillance clinic to manage high-risk women

Preterm birth, or birth before 37 weeks gestation, is known to cause short and long term problems Preterm babies are more at risk of developmental problems and disorders; a risk known to lessen with...

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