Asnat Walfisch

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Midline episiotomy is a known major risk factor for severe perineal lacerations. The study was aimed to define obstetric risk factors for third-degree perineal tears in a university medical center where midline episiotomies are not performed. A comparison between vaginal deliveries complicated with third-degree perineal tears and deliveries without(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of perineal stretching on perineal damage during vaginal delivery. STUDY DESIGN Patients at term in active labor were included. Perineal length was measured during the active phase, second stage and 24 hours postpartum. Perineal damage was assessed before repair and 24 hours postpartum. RESULTS Three hundred women were(More)
Immediate neonatal outcome in pregnancies complicated by placenta previa is largely dependent on gestational age. We aimed to investigate whether placenta previa increases the risk for perinatal mortality and immediate morbidity of the offspring born at term. A population-based cohort study included all singleton pregnancies, with and without placenta(More)
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are a group of heterogeneous neurodevelopmental conditions presenting in early childhood with a prevalence ranging from 0.7% to 2.64%. Social interaction and communication skills are impaired and children often present with unusual repetitive behavior. The condition persists for life with major implications for the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate a possible dose-response relationship between active maternal smoking during pregnancy and adverse perinatal outcome. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Population-based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. POPULATION Women who gave birth to a liveborn or stillborn infant during the period of January 2001 to December 2007. (More)
OBJECTIVES The association between breastfeeding and child cognitive development is conflicted by studies reporting positive and null effects. This relationship may be confounded by factors associated with breastfeeding, specifically maternal socioeconomic class and IQ. DESIGN Systematic review of the literature. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS Any prospective(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify trends and risk factors for early surgical site infection (SSI) following cesarean delivery (CD). METHODS A population-based study comparing characteristics of women who have and have not developed post cesarean SSI was conducted. Deliveries occurred between the years 1988 and 2013 in a tertiary medical center. A multivariable(More)
OBJECTIVE Women are often exposed to various medications and medical conditions during pregnancy. Unrealistically high maternal teratogenic risk perception, related to these exposures, may lead to abrupt discontinuation of therapy and (or) termination of a wanted pregnancy. The association between maternal depression and the teratogenic risk perception has(More)
PURPOSE To identify trends in preterm delivery (PTD) as well as seasonality, temporal variation and the effect of heat stress on its incidence. MATERIALS AND METHODS In this retrospective population-based study, we included all deliveries taking place at the Soroka University Medical Center between the years 1988-2012. A time series database was built(More)
The rapidly growing rates of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection among women has prompted many challenging issues related to the management and consequences of HIV and its complications in this population. This paper reviews the current evidence with regard to various aspects of HIV infection in women. Special emphasis is placed on(More)