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Labour outcomes with defibulation at delivery in immigrant Somali and Sudanese women with type III female genital mutilation/cutting

Original article
Rouzi AA, Berg RC, Al-Wassia H, Alamoudi R, Hariri W, Sindi G, Almansouri N, Sahly N
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20326

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.

Medical-ethical recommendations: preimplantation genetic testing PGT

Special article
Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20298

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

Original article
Christoph P, Challande P, Raio L, Surbek D
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20238

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

Review article: Medical guidelines
Betschart C, Albrich WC, Brandner S, Faltin D, Kuhn A, Surbek D, Geissbuehler V
Swiss Med Wkly. 2020;150:w20236

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.

Video analysis for the evaluation of vaginal births

Viewpoint
Hamza A
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14658

Video analysis for the evaluation of vaginal births: a comment

Viewpoint
Pecks U, Alkatout I
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14654

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?

Review article: Biomedical intelligence
Kahlert C, Aebi-Popp K, Bernasconi E, Martinez de Tejada B, Nadal D, Paioni P, Rudin C, Staehelin C, Wagner N, Vernazza P
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14648

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.

Video analysis for the evaluation of vaginal births: a prospective observational study

Original article
Kimmich N, Zimmermann R, Kreft M
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14634

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.

Termination of pregnancy in a border region between Switzerland and Italy (2008–2015)

Original article
Reinholz D, Casati S, Beretta O, Merlani G
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14636

The cantonal health system of Ticino can be used not only by Swiss residents, but also residents abroad, in particular from Italy. For various reasons, many Italian women living close to the Swiss border consult the Swiss healthcare system when they decide to have a voluntary termintion of pregnancy.

Accidental or intentional exposure to potentially toxic medications, natural toxins and chemicals during pregnancy: analysis of data from Tox Info Suisse

Original article
Vogel T, Lüde S, Baumgartner R, Rauber-Lüthy C, Simões-Wüst AP
Swiss Med Wkly. 2018;148:w14620

Pregnant women are daily exposed to potentially harmful agents, such as food products and household chemicals, as well as medications. Affected women and health professionals are still often unsure about how to react.

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