Welcome to the Obstetrics Resource Centre, with free access to the latest research in the field.
All content is independently selected by the Editors, Professor James O. Drife from Leeds, UK, and Professor Jim Thornton from Nottingham.
The Obstetrics Resource Centre provides you with original articles, reviews, selected must-reads, lectures and a congress planner.
Controversy surrounds Stockholm’s new private maternity hospitalAn independent maternity hospital, BB Sophia, delivering 4,000 births a year, has just opened (April 2014) in Stockholm. The second such maternity hospital in the city, it receives funding per ...
New EJOG&RB editor-in chief and speciality editor for materno-fetal MedicineProfessor Janesh Gupta (University of Birmingham) has taken over as Editor-in-Chief for the European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Medicine from Professor Jim Drife. ...
Bendectin returns as DiclegisThe claim by William McBride and others in the 1970s that the antiemetic Bendectin (doxylamine 10 mg/pyridoxine 10mg) was teratogenic has been finally laid to rest with the FDA approval of ...
Selected EJOG papers
Labetalol in pregnancy and adverse infant outcome Labetalol, introduced into medicine in the 1970s, is now widely used to treat hypertension in pregnancy. Beta-blockers have been associated with low birth weight infants but it is always difficult to distinguish the effects of treatment from those of the underlying disease. This retrospective study of 300 women who received labetalol and 923 who received methyldopa found an increased rate of hospitalization in the infants of the labetalol group. This type of study has limitations and only a randomised trial can prove or disprove the association. Association between labetalol use for hypertension in pregnancy and adverse infant outcomes By Ri-hua Xie, Yanfang Guo, Daniel Krewski, Donald Mattison, Mark C. Walker, Kara Nerenberg and Shi Wu Wen
Risks of second-stage caesarean section Instrumental delivery is a basic skill which has been eroded in recent years. In some countries mid-cavity deliveries have been virtually abandoned by obstetricians and trainees, who prefer caesarean section (CS) as a “safer” option. This review, however, confirms that second-stage CS is associated with more risk to mother and baby than first-stage CS. The authors call for a direct comparison with forceps and vacuum. Meanwhile there is an urgent need for better training in forceps delivery, as recently described in EJOG (2013; 170:333-40 and 341-7). First versus second stage C/S maternal and neonatal morbidity: a systematic review and meta-analysis By Vasileios Pergialiotis, Dimitrios G. Vlachos, Alexandros Rodolakis, Dimitrios Haidopoulos, Nikolaos Thomakos and Georgios D. Vlachos
Maternal position and fetal blood flow Aortocaval compression may occur in late pregnancy and can have adverse effects on mother and baby. It may also be a way of assessing fetal wellbeing. In this study of 23 women with low risk pregnancies, Doppler blood flow measurements were performed on the fetal middle cerebral and umbilical arteries with the women in the lateral decubitus position and then in the supine position. The change in maternal position elicited a fetal “brain sparing” effect, which the authors suggest could be the basis of a novel approach to fetal assessment. The effect of maternal supine position on umbilical and cerebral blood flow indices By Nizar Khatib, Zeev Weiner, Ron Beloosesky, Dana Vitner and Israel Thaler
About the Editors
23 April - 26 April
Annual Conference Middle East Society and International Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy, Dubai
24 April - 26 April
XII Annual Meeting of the Mediterranean Society for Reproductive Medicine (MSRM) & the World Congress on Building Consensus out of Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility (COGI), Barcelona, Spain
26 April - 30 April
62nd ACOG Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Chicago, USA