maternal health

10/21/2016 This Week's Must Read Women's Health Articles

Last week's Top 5 list got lots of love from Twitter (thank you all!), so here is the next installment. I hope you enjoy this week's selection of popular articles. Topics include severe maternal morbidity, urogynecology surgeries, laboring down, male infertility, and delayed effects of Zika. The laboring down article is especially interesting and potentially practice-changing.

Tdap vaccine best given at 28-32 weeks pregnant

In the first months of life, newborns rely on their mothers’ immune systems to protect them from infections like pertussis. Pertussis infection, known as whooping cough, has become more common in infants who are too young to be vaccinated and thus protected against the illness. For these infants, their best defense is the Tdap vaccine given during the third trimester of pregnancy. Given the rising incidence of pertussis in newborns, OBGYNs have become interested to know exactly when during pregnancy is the best time to give the Tdap vaccine.