Thorp, John M., Jr. (2020). Pregnancy and Childbirth Outcomes as Signposts to the Future. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 127(12)
Most BJOG readers participate in the care of pregnant women, conduct of their labours, and births of their children. The phenomena of pregnancy and childbirth perpetuate humanity and are notable for their efficiency and resilience. Poor outcomes are the exception undergirding the perspective that this is a physiological, rather than pathological, process. Despite being physiological, pregnancy and childbirth subject a mother's body to profound changes that may unmask or provoke underlying tendencies or susceptibilities to illnesses or conditions that have yet to become clinically evident. Pregnancy outcomes or complications may provide novel insights into future disease states. In this issue of the Blue Journal we have two articles that utilize this unique way of looking at the future. I will briefly describe each, but encourage the reader to download and read the articles to discover the bottom line.
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thorp, John M., Jr.