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Can hepatitis C be transmitted to a foetus?

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Medical News Today,  Medically reviewed by Carolyn Kay M.D. & Written by Zia Sherrell MPH, May 13, 2021 The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can transmit to a fetus during pregnancy, but the risk of this happening is low. And if the transmission occurs, the baby’s immune system may clear the virus on its own. If the baby’s immune system does not clear the virus, there are safe and effective treatments...

Ending the “silent suffering” of women with third and fourth degree perineal tears after childbirth

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Croakey Professional Services,  April 21, 2021 Third and fourth degree perineal tears are an uncommon but potentially devastating complication of vaginal childbirth. While not all such tears can be prevented, many can. When they do occur, early identification, surgical repair, and support are all key to recovery. With the release this month of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in...

Estimates of female genital mutilation/cutting: comparison between a nationwide survey in midwifery practices and extrapolation-model

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Kawous, R., van den Muijsenbergh, M.E.T.C., Geraci, D. et al.  Estimates of female genital mutilation/cutting in the Netherlands: a comparison between a nationwide survey in midwifery practices and extrapolation-model.  BMC Public Health 20, 1033 (2020). Background Owing to migration, female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) has become a growing concern in host countries in which FGM/C is not...

Baby born with “avoidable” congenital syphilis: experts

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InDaily, June 04, 2020 The recent birth of a child in South Australia with congenital syphilis, despite the mother being previously diagnosed and treated for the sexually transmitted infection, has prompted SA Health concern about the quality of the treatment. [A] public health alert [sent by SA Health] “reminds and advises health practitioners of their responsibilities” in managing syphilis...

COVID-19: pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding – statements & guidance

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Various sources, March 2020 RANZCOG statement: A message for pregnant women and their families  The Lancet Study on COVID-19 Transmission in Pregnancy  CDC Statement: Pregnancy & Breastfeeding: Information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (USA)  Updated SOGC Committee Opinion – COVID-19 in Pregnancy (Canada) RCOG Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy (UK) Abortion care: UK...

COVID-19: A Gender Lens – sexual & reproductive health and gender inequality

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UN Population Fund (UNFPA), March 2020 Disease outbreaks affect women and men differently, and pandemics make existing inequalities for women and girls and discrimination of other marginalized groups such as persons with disabilities and those in extreme poverty, worse. This needs to be considered, given the different impacts surrounding detection and access to treatment for women and men. Women...

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