Medical Ethics

Pregnant women in New Zealand encouraged to get seasonal flu jab soon

Pregnant women in New Zealand have been urged by health officials to get an early seasonal flu jab in the next few weeks in case there is an early reappearance of swine flu. The H1N1 influenza, which spread to New Zealand after it broke out in Mexico and the US last year, has been included in the...

Physicians Call For Elimination Of Female Genital Mutilation

A call to eliminate female genital mutilation as a gross form of violence against women has come from the World Medical Association (WMA) and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO).

Pregnant smokers 'need encouragement to quit, not scorn'

Pregnant women should receive encouragement to help them quit smoking, rather than be made to feel guilty about their habit, it has been claimed. Janet Fyle, professional policy advisor for the UK's Royal College of Midwives, said the best way to encourage women to give up smoking is to...

US study to examine use of medication when pregnant

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to study the safety of taking various medications during pregnancy. According to the body, around two-thirds of pregnant women have taken at least one prescription drug, yet few clinical trials have assessed the safety of such practices.

'Too many Caesareans being carried out' in developed countries

Too many women in developed countries are having Caesarean section births when they do not need to, it has been claimed. Beverley Beech, chair of the UK Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services, said that for fit and healthy women, the safest place to give birth is at home, but too...

UK store 'to sell cervical cancer jabs'

A UK high street store is offering over-the-counter cervical cancer vaccinations to its customers, it has been reported.

FIGO Position Statement on Professional Standards

Professional standards: Interactions between obstetricians and gynecologists and other health professionals

Twin and multiple birth parents 'being denied information'

Many parents of twins and multiple births are not being given access to essential birth information which would improve their chances of a healthy pregnancy, it has been claimed.