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50 years ago, Clomid gave birth to the era of assisted reproduction

When Dr. Eli Adashi began practicing fertility medicine in 1974, there was nothing so revolutionary as in vitro fertilization, but at least there was the drug clomiphene citrate (Clomid). Before that came to market in 1967, Adashi said with only a little exaggeration, the job of a fertility doctor was basically to refer couples who could not conceive a baby to adoption agencies.

The Bad Mother

I used to be a very “good” mother, by my standards.  Once upon a time, I did all of my work while the twins napped or when they were at their grandparent’s house.  When they were awake, we were playing, and when they went to bed at night, I made them baby food.  And all […]

Preference for cesarean section in young nulligravid women in eight OECD countries and implications for reproductive health education

Efforts to reduce unnecessary Cesarean sections (CS) in high and middle income countries have focused on changing hospital cultures and policies, care provider attitudes and behaviors, and increasing women’s k...

#MicroblogMondays 159: Acknowledging the Date

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. There are some dates you want to remember and mark because they bring you personal happiness: your birthday, anniversary, special accomplishments.  There are other dates that you wish you could forget but you can’t because […]


My heart is in Florida this morning with friends and family who are weathering the storm or watching from afar with little sense of what will be waiting for them when they finally make it home.  It is unfathomable.  You get warnings sometimes, sure, but there is nothing you can do beyond the most basic […]

660th Friday Blog Roundup

I was speaking with Morra Aarons-Mele, and I mentioned that I was excited for her book, Hiding in the Bathroom.  My copy would be here in a few weeks.  “Want a copy now?  I can send you one of the galleys.”  Um… YES. So it arrived in the mail this week.  It is amazing.  I […]

A conceptual framework for patient-centered fertility treatment

Patient-centered care is a pillar of quality health care and is important to patients experiencing infertility. In this study we used empirical, in-depth data on couples’ experiences of infertility treatment d...

The prevalence of disrespect and abuse during facility-based maternity care in Malawi: evidence from direct observations of labor and delivery

There is increasing evidence throughout the world that the negative treatment of pregnant women during labor and delivery can be a barrier to seeking skilled maternity care. At this time, there has been little...

Women’s determinant factors for preferred place of delivery in Dodoma region Tanzania: a cross sectional study

Skilled birth attendance is one of the key factors in improving maternal health but less than 50% of women in sub-Saharan African countries do not have the opportunity to be attended to by skilled personnel du...

Prevalence and determinants of risky sexual practice in Ethiopia: Systematic review and Meta-analysis

Risky sexual practice is a major public health problem in Ethiopia. There are various studies on the prevalence and determinants of risky sexual practice in different regions of the country but there is no stu...

Relationship between self-efficacy and patient knowledge on adherence to oral contraceptives using the Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8)

Preconception care, including family planning, is a vital component of healthcare for women of reproductive age. An average female spends the majority of her reproductive life trying to prevent a pregnancy. In...

For My Fellow Re-Readers

Modern Mrs. Darcy linked to an article that linked to another article all about the act of forgetting after reading.  Isn’t this the best of the Web?  You are reading this, and if you link to this post, then you are linking to a post that is linked to a post that is linked to […]

The Strangers in the Feed

I would really love to know how Facebook decides who to drop into the “People You May Know” slide show.  I do know a bunch of them — but anyone could deduce that once they see that we have 20 people in common.  A bunch I definitely don’t know, though I may have once liked […]

#MicroblogMondays 158: Haste, Post, Haste

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. There was a cute story in the news this past weekend about a little girl who wrote the Queen because she wanted a pet swan and she thought the Queen owned all the swans. I […]

Back to School

The ChickieNob and I went for back-to-school haircuts yesterday, pretty much our least favourite thing to do so we always leave it until last minute.  This is it: the end of summer suck.  I hate it when the kids go back to school, and I feel like I have been tottering on the edge of […]

New rapid sexual infection test set to transform nation's health

A new speedy test will mean that for the first time ever, patients with common sexual infections will be able to get their diagnosis, results and treatment in one clinical visit.

Development and preliminary validation of a post-fistula repair reintegration instrument among Ugandan women

Obstetric fistula is a debilitating and traumatic birth injury affecting 2–3 million women globally, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Affected women suffer physically, psychologically and socioeconomical...


No Roundup today because we’re on Platform 9 3/4, waiting for the Hogwarts Express.  Yes, the books and life have finally aligned: the epilogue for book 7 is set on September 1, 2017. I was emotional reading that epilogue ( and not just because the series was over) because if my kids had gotten their […]

HIV status disclosure and associated outcomes among pregnant women enrolled in antiretroviral therapy in Uganda: a mixed methods study

Disclosure of HIV positive status to sexual partners is promoted by HIV prevention programs including those targeting the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Among other benefits, disclosure may enhanc...

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