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An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
Obstet Gynecol 1997 Sep;90(3):344-346 Fetal laceration injury at cesarean delivery. Smith JF, Hernandez C, Wax JR Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Joseph Hospital, Denver, Colorado, USA.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the incidence of fetal laceration injury in cesarean delivery.
METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted using a computer-based data coding system. All neonatal records were reviewed for infants delivered by cesarean during a 2-year period. Maternal records were reviewed in those cases of documented fetal laceration injury. The Fisher exact test was used when indicated.
RESULTS: There were 904 cesarean deliveries performed during the study period; of these, 896 neonatal records (98.4%) were available for review. Seventeen laceration injuries were recorded (1.9%). The incidence of laceration appeared higher when the indication for cesarean was nonvertex (6.0% versus 1.4%, P = .02). One of 17 (5.9%) maternal records indicated the presence of the laceration of the fetus.
CONCLUSION: Fetal laceration injury at cesarean delivery is not rare,
especially when it is performed for nonvertex presentation. The minority
of obstetric records show documentation of such lacerations, suggesting
that this complication often may not be recognized by obstetricians.
In a first OBV with a client this week I noted a large keloidal scar
on her left hand. She said it was the result of a severe laceration she
suffered at birth from the surgeons knife that performed a section to deliver
her. Interestingly, her brother incurred a severe laceration to the left
side of his face and left eye resulting in blindness in that eye.....same
surgeon, two years later.
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