Articles by Dr. Alison

Premature Baby (Preterm Birth)

What is Premature Birth? The duration of most pregnancies is usually about 40 weeks but it is quite normal for a baby to be born a week or two earlier. However, when a baby is born before 37 weeks of gestation, it is said to be a premature birth and such babies are known as premature babies or preemies. Prematurity is a >> Read More ...

Stillbirth (Intrauterine Fetal Death)

What is Stillbirth? Stillbirth has no standard definition and the definition therefore varies in different countries. In the UK, stillbirths are those babies born dead after 24 weeks of gestation. In other countries, such as Australia, and many states in the USA, fetal death occurring after 20 weeks of gestation is termed >> Read More ...

Vacuum Extraction (Ventouse Delivery) and Childbirth Video

What is Vacuum Extraction or Ventouse Delivery? Vacuum extraction or ventouse delivery is a procedure where an instrument known as the vacuum extractor or ventouse is used to assist and speed up delivery.  A suction cap is applied to the baby’s head and gentle intermittent traction is given simultaneously with the >> Read More ...

Forceps Delivery Types, Procedure, Complications, Video

What is Forceps Delivery? Forceps delivery is a form of assisted delivery or operative delivery where active measures are taken to accomplish vaginal delivery by means of an instrument known as the obstetric forceps. Simply, the forceps are used to help with the delivery of the baby through the vagina. This form of >> Read More ...

What is a Cesarean Section? Why? When is a C-section not done?

What is Cesarean Section? A Cesarean section or C-section for short is the delivery of baby, placenta, and membranes through a surgical incision in the abdominal wall and the uterine wall. Contrary to popular belief, the term “Cesarean section” has no relation to birth of the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who is >> Read More ...

Body Lice Infestation (Pediculosis Corporis) Information

What is body lice? Body lice infestation or pediculosis corporis is caused by Pediculus humanus corporis (also known as Pediculus humanus humanus), a parasitic insect which looks similar to head lice but may be a larger in size. Although called body lice, these parasites are found on the body only when it feeds. At all >> Read More ...

Head Lice – Life Cycle, Types, Symptoms, Treatment, Prevention

What are Lice? Lice are tiny gray-brown insects that live, grow, and feed on humans as parasites. It feeds on the host’s blood by piercing the skin of the host with its narrow anterior mouth parts. Lice may spread from one person to another through close contact or by sharing personal items and clothing. Dogs, cats, or >> Read More ...
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