Technological advances are making the practice of medicine more efficient. In addition to cutting down on the amount of time it takes to get the care that is needed, many advances are aimed at determining which patients need care in the first place. With every branch of medicine, there are inventors that are pushing boundaries to come up with new devices, medicines and applications that can help to ensure patients receive the medical care they need.
Many North Carolina women develop gestational diabetes during their pregnancies. Doctors and researchers are not sure what causes the condition to develop, and untreated or unmanaged gestational diabetes may lead to certain risks to the health of both mothers and babies.
Doctors sometimes use a tool called forceps as a delivery assistance aid during vaginal deliveries in North Carolina and around the country. The tool is used to guide a baby's head through the birth canal if the mother is having difficulty pushing or the baby is in distress. Although forceps can be safely used to speed up the delivery process, there are also some potential risks to both the mother and the baby when forceps are used.