Trial of labor in women who underwent a previous cesarean section due to a failed operative vaginal delivery is associated with relatively high success rates.
Compared with expectant management, induction of labor at 38 or 39 weeks in women with gestational diabetes is associated with a lower risk of cesarean section.
Predicting the likelihood of vaginal delivery in nulliparous women is possible using maternal characteristics and ultrasound parameters derived during the first stage of labor.
Primary human trophoblasts confer resistance to clinically relevant viruses linked to perinatal infections in nontrophoblast cells, but not to intracellular bacteria or parasites.
Recurrent pregnancy loss is an independent risk factor for long term maternal cardiovascular complications and for hospitalizations due to a cardiovascular cause.
Contraceptive counseling and access to effective contraceptive methods in the postpartum period is vital to improving optimal birth spacing.