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Women who have a caesarean section, forceps or vacuum extraction are more likely to experience persisting pain during sex in the year after childbirth than women who have a vaginal birth. The findings from a longitudinal study by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute showed that women who had an emergency caesarean or vacuum extraction were twice as likely to experience pain during sex at 18 months postpartum, compared to women who had a vaginal birth with no medical intervention. The vast majority of women (86%) experienced pain the first time they had sex after childbirth. Women who had a caesarean section or vacuum extraction experienced pain for a longer period. According to lead author Doctor Ellie McDonald, the unexpected finding dispels the common myth that caesarean section results in fewer sexual problems after childbirth. “Almost all women experience some pain during sex following childbirth,” Doctor McDonald said. “Our findings show...
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Although current guidelines regarding confidentiality within psychological practice are internationally consistent, many Australian psychologists still disagree on when they would breach confidentiality when dealing with adolescents, a new study by Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Swinburne University of Technology has found.
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Premature birth rates have risen in the last two decades in Australia, and the rates continue to rise. Late preterm babies- babies born between 34 and 36 weeks- account for 70% of all preterm births, which translates to about 16,000 births annually in Australia.
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A groundbreaking study by Murdoch Children's Research Institute has shown unequivocally for the first time that the environment experienced in the womb may have a greater effect on our future health than previously thought - and more of an effect than our DNA and the health and lifestyle of our mothers while pregnant.