Pregnant women today are mindful about the importance of prenatal care and prevention, particularly with respect to nutrition. However, with a steady barrage of new information, some of it seemingly contradictory, even the most conscientious mother-to-be may struggle to determine the best choices for her baby.
This Fast Facts outlines current scientific research and clarifies potentially confusing information.
California hospitals want to protect patients by avoiding tubing misconnections. State law asks that they do so by using connectors that are specific to intravenous, enteral feeding or epidural lines, rather than connectors that are multi-purpose.
One such design is known as ENFit. It does stop tubing misconnections, which could otherwise cause medication, nutrition or other fluids to be delivered to the wrong place in an infant’s body. But some hospitals and health care providers have concerns about the ENFit design.
For hundreds of thousands of women, the excitement of having a new baby is marred by overwhelming feelings of anxiety and helplessness caused by postpartum depression. The condition robs new parents of happiness during what they rightly expect to be a joyous time.
Sadly, many women experiencing postpartum depression will not receive a medical diagnosis or treatment. Often new moms or their health care providers don’t know the signs of postpartum depression—or don’t recognize them. And most hospitals do not yet have screening policies in place.
In some cases, when new moms know something isn’t right, they feel embarrassed, ashamed or too overwhelmed by the responsibilities of new motherhood to take time to get or ask for help. This is not healthy for them or their babies, which is why it’s important to know the facts about postpartum depression.
Protecting newborn babies—especially those born prematurely— should be a top priority in any healthcare system. But public policy and insurance standards don’t always provide for proper prevention against some of the greatest threats to preemies.
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is far from the common cold. It can lead to hospitalization, lifelong health complications or even death for infants and young children. In fact, it is the leading cause of hospitalization in children younger than one.