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Obstetrics and Gynecology International

Special Issue on
Anthropological and Biological Perspectives of Labor
and Delivery

Call for Papers

There is an on-going argument on the best approach to the case, how can we prescribe therapies based on
manage labor and delivery. Some claim that medicalization screening results?
can do better in any laboring woman than labor and delivery The new technologies at dierent levels of clinical
mechanisms selected by evolution, and others favor empow- implementation that may objectively support our
ering its natural unfolding and claim medical intervention critical decision during labor and the passive phase and
only when necessary. This debate stems from dierent cultures, the active phase of the second stage of labor
health care organizations, opinions, and even emotions.
Although labor and delivery are by far the first indications Before submission authors should carefully read over
to access health care providers, there still is a huge gap the journals Author Guidelines, which are located at
between scientific knowledge and clinical practice. The aim Prospec-
of this special issue is to cover neglected or controversial tive authors should submit an electronic copy of their com-
scientific backgrounds, throw a bridge from science over plete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking
the data free zone, and reach out management decision. System at
Potential topics include, but are not limited to: according to the following timetable:
Focusing on the lessons, we can derive from an
anthropologic perspective of the evolution of labor and Manuscript Due Friday, 25 October 2013
delivery the following. What is the role of labor in other First Round of Reviews Friday, 17 January 2014
mammalians and anthropoid monkeys? What is the
impact of stress on the relationship between uterine Publication Date Friday, 14 March 2014
contractions and cervical dilatation? How is delivery in
mammalians with dierent head to pelvis proportions
Lead Guest Editor
and passage negotiations?
The forgotten role played by the placental metabolism Enrico Ferrazzi, Department of Woman, Mother and
during labor and its relationship with the whole story Neonate, Buzzi Childrens Hospital, Istituti Clinici di
of its development and chronic and subacute injuries, Perfezionamento, Biological and Clinical School of
including the impact of oxidative stress in labour, on a Medicine, University of Milan, Milan, Italy;
dierent resilient machinery as it was built in the
first trimester and remodelled throughout pregnancy
A possible dierent envision of cervical dilatation Guest Editors
other than the prevailing concept that it should be
clinically constrained into population based statis- Antonio Barbera, Swan Mountain Womens Center, 16172
tics. Is the cervix the controller of labor duration? Highway 9, Breckenridge, CO 80424 (970) 423-8840, USA;
Or, is the cervix just the final pathway of much
more important determinantsmechanical, neuroen- Karen Rosenberg, Department of Anthropology,
docrine, metabolic, and so forththat we simply University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA;
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

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