Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy’

Elective C-Sections: A Woman’s Choice Versus Safety?

Monday, June 14th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

Sometimes, a C-section is medically necessary. But what if it’s not and you want one anyway?

Some women schedule C-sections so they can have their baby on a certain date. Others do it because of fear for themselves or their child, says ob-gyn Annette Perez-Delboy in this week’s feature article. And those aren’t the only reasons. But are they good ones?

Some doctors say yes, a woman has the right to choose. Others disagree. They argue that elective C-sections—surgeries—are riskier for the mother and baby, so why have the option?

We asked two doctors to debate this issue. Here’s what they had to say. What do you think? You can weigh in below or at the bottom of the article itself.

Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

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Debate on Abortion. Does when life begins really matter?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Our second most popular Web site article is our abortion debate, “When Does Life Begin?” I doubt if this will be a big issue in the new Obama administration, but it will continue in the hearts and minds of many.


Consumers Union suggests major FDA overhaul. Cites mercury, BPA, more.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Consumers Union is upset with the FDA, calling for an overhaul of the agency.

Consumers Union, which publishes the popular Consumer Reports magazine, describes itself as “an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.” I have always found them to be just that.


Flu shot during pregnancy vaccinates newborn babies, too, says NEJM study

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Vaccinating an expectant mom also vaccinates the baby–for the first six months of its life outside the womb–according to a new study in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

Influenza causes more serious consequences in pregnant women and newborns than in the general public.  It can also lead to birth defects.  So what were the bottom-line findings of the study?


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