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Anthropological and Biological Perspectives of Labor and Delivery
Call for Papers
There is an on-going argument on the “best” approach to manage labor and delivery. Some claim that “medicalization” can do better in any laboring woman than labor and delivery mechanisms selected by evolution, and others favor empowering its natural unfolding and claim medical intervention only when necessary.
This debate stems from different cultures, health care organizations, opinions, and even emotions.
Although labor and delivery are by far the first indications to access health care providers, there still is a huge gap between scientific knowledge and clinical practice. The aim of this special issue is to cover neglected or controversial scientific backgrounds, throw a bridge from “science” over the “data free zone,” and reach out “management decision.” Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Focusing on the lessons, we can derive from an anthropologic perspective of the evolution of labor and delivery the following. What is the role of labor in other mammalians and anthropoid monkeys? What is the impact of stress on the relationship between uterine contractions and cervical dilatation? How is delivery in mammalians with different head to pelvis proportions and passage negotiations?
- The forgotten role played by the placental metabolism during labor and its relationship with the whole story of its development and chronic and subacute injuries, including the impact of oxidative stress in labour, on a different resilient “machinery”as it was “built” in the first trimester and remodelled throughout pregnancy
- A possible different envision of cervical dilatation other than the prevailing concept that it should be clinically constrained into population based statistics. Is the cervix the controller of labor duration? Or, is the cervix just the final pathway of much more important determinants---mechanical, neuroendocrine, metabolic, and so forth---that we simply forget to diagnose when confronted with the phantom of “cervical dystocia.” In essence is cervical assessment a screening test or diagnostic examination? If this is the case, how can we prescribe therapies based on screening results?
- The new technologies at different levels of clinical implementation that may objectively support our critical decision during labor and the passive phase and the active phase of the second stage of labor
Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ogi/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ogi/pela/ according to the following timetable:
|Manuscript Due||Friday, 25 October 2013|
|First Round of Reviews||Friday, 17 January 2014|
|Publication Date||Friday, 14 March 2014|
Lead Guest Editor
- Enrico Ferrazzi, Department of Woman, Mother and Neonate, Buzzi Children’s Hospital, Istituti Clinici di Perfezionamento, Biological and Clinical School of Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy