childbirth

November 6, 2018

After giving birth, perhaps the last thing most moms likely want to ponder is their vaginal microbiome.

If national health was an Olympic-level competition, the United States would be eliminated in the trials, unable to qualify for the finals competition.

Seasha Hassett pondered the invitation from a UW Medicine doctor: Would she be willing to enroll her twins, born prematurely at 25 weeks' gestation, in a trial of a new therapy that might prevent brain injury? 

Sandra Gonzalez felt that this time, this baby would go to full term.

The United States is one of only eight nations worldwide to experience an increase over the past decade in maternal mortality related to childbirth. Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington

The UW's teaching program for bioethics is recognized as one of the nation's most vibrant and comprehensive such collection of courses. UW Medicine writer Brian Donohue spoke with several instructors to generate a seven-part series of Q&As.

[Editors’ note: This is the third in a series of seven articles about bioethics.

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