natural birth and brain development

New Guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery

New Guidelines of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery

Lately, the American College of Obstetricians and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine released new guidelines that essentially recommend women with low-risk pregnancies to be allowed to spend more time in labor. The guidelines appear to be relevant mostly for first-time mothers and are aimed at safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery. Recently we discussed […]

Ucp2 Induction by Natural Birth and Hippocampus Development

Ucp2 Induction by Natural Birth and Hippocampus Development

A recent report published in the August issue of PLoS One indicates that natural (vaginal) birth but not Caesarian section birth in mice triggers uncoupling protein 2 (Ucp2) expression in hippocampal neurons. Mitochondrial Ucp2 is a critical determinant of fatty acid utilization by adult neurons and is involved in cell proliferation, neuroprotection and synaptogenesis in […]