Toward more optimal birth outcomes

A new study from Penn Nursing is the first to assess hospital vaginal birth rates rather than cesarean rates, which can further quality improvement initiatives that focus on encouraging vaginal birth rather than on decreasing the cesarean birth rate.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Medicine’s first living-donor uterus transplant leads to new life and new friendship

Penn Medicine personnel performed a successful live-donor uterus transplant. “How you define success is not if the organ is surviving transplant, like other transplants,” said Nawar Latif. “The outcome we need is to have a healthy baby at the end.”



Uterus transplant enables woman to have a baby after doctors said she couldn’t

Kathleen O’Neill of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about a Penn Medicine uterus transplant trial. “These women have ovaries, they have eggs, they just don’t have the uterus to gestate the pregnancy,” said O’Neill. “So once we are able to give them that uterus, the vast majority get pregnant and have babies.”


The Washington Post

2019 was the safest year for women to give birth globally. Then, the pandemic hit

Elizabeth Howell of the Perelman School of Medicine co-wrote an op-ed about global maternal mortality rates, which have risen dramatically since the pandemic began. “Reversing the trajectory of maternal mortality requires action on a global scale,” she said.


The New York Times

The White House issues its first-ever proclamation on Black maternal health

Elizabeth Howell of the Perelman School of Medicine said that severe maternal morbidity, in which women experience severe complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, impacts more than 50,000 U.S. women each year. “Similar to maternal mortality, Black and brown women have elevated rates of maternal morbidity,” she said.


The New York Times

I sang through labor to manage the pain

Veena Graff of the Perelman School of Medicine weighed in on how singing may be able to aid the birth process. “Mechanistically, the act of singing helps with breathing and is a great distraction method, which in turn can relax a woman while experiencing labor pains,” she said.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Black babies are twice as likely to be born preterm. CHOP doctors are using COVID-19 to explore why

Heather Burris and Jaya Aysola of the Perelman School of Medicine spoke about the pandemic’s effects on preexisting preterm birth and prenatal care disparities.