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Use of valproate in pregnancy and in women of childbearing age between 2014 and 2018 in Switzerland: a retrospective analysis of Swiss healthcare claims data
As in most other European countries, the use of valproate in women of childbearing age in this study was higher than what the authors estimated to be indicated. This study demonstrates the value of electronic claims databases in the evaluation of drug exposure during pregnancy.
The trend of reducing direct maternal mortality as well as lethality after caesarean section continues. Haemorrhage is still the leading cause of direct maternal mortality. Indirect maternal mortality is increasing and specifically suicides need special attention.
Labour outcomes with defibulation at delivery in immigrant Somali and Sudanese women with type III female genital mutilation/cutting
Defibulation at delivery is an effective minor surgical procedure that should be in the armamentarium of the healthcare providers managing women with type III female genital mutilation/cutting.
The recommendations of the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) are designed to draw attention, from an ethical perspective, to important aspects of the PGT counselling and decision-making situation, and to promote ethical awareness in the performance of PGT. In addition, they discuss how, for example, surplus information should be managed.
High prevalence of severe vitamin D deficiency during the first trimester in pregnant women in Switzerland and its potential contributions to adverse outcomes in the pregnancy
The current recommendations of vitamin D supplementation of 600 IU in pregnant women are insufficient, and novel strategies seem mandatory, potentially leading to improved maternal health and benefits to children’s long-term health in Switzerland and worldwide.
Guideline of the Swiss Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (SSGO) on acute and recurrent urinary tract infections in women, including pregnancy
This guideline from the Swiss Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics provides quick answers for every day clinical questions concerning urinary tract infections, especially for obstetricians and gynaecologists.
The great strength of video technology lies in providing information about medical knowledge and practice. For the benefit of the patient, new technical achievements should be implemented in concepts of continuing medical education.
Is breastfeeding an equipoise option in effectively treated HIV-infected mothers in a high-income setting?
Low rates of mother-to-child transmission of HIV via breast milk whilst mothers are on cART in low-resource settings question whether a recommendation to abstain from breastfeeding in high-income countries is still justified.
The aim of video documentation during labour is to provide an observational tool for obstetric care by midwives and obstetricians, with the opportunity for evaluation and education afterwards.