Assistant Professor



Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact

McMaster University
1280 Main St. West,
HSC3V - 43B
Hamilton, Ontario ​L8S 4K1
Canada



Media and Knowledge Translation


Television/Radio/Podcasts

1.       Forceps severly injure 1 in 4 Canadians mothers when used in childbirth: study.  CTV news by Megan DeLaire. Oct. 19, 2023.
Canadian study finds forceps cause high rate of severe injury in childbirth | CTV News

2.     Maternal injuries happening at 'absurdly high' rate in Canada during labour. Why?  Global news by Katie Dangerfield. Oct 20,2023.
Maternal injuries happening at ‘absurdly high’ rate in Canada during labour. Why? - National | Globalnews.ca

3.       High rates of trauma in births using forceps, vacuums:  McMaster Study.  CHCH news by Joanna  Petropoulos. Oct 19, 2023.
High rates of trauma in births using forceps, vacuums: study (chch.com)

4.     Severe Childbirth injuries from forceps, vacuum 'unacceptably high' in Canada, research shows.   CBC news by Amina Zafar. Oct 20, 2023.
Severe childbirth injuries from forceps, vacuum 'unacceptably high' in Canada, research shows | CBC News

5.       Forceps and Birth Injuries with Dr. Giulia Muraca M.P.H. and Ph.D.
S8 | E79 Forceps and Birth Injuries with Dr. Giulia Muraca M.P.H. and Ph.D. — We Go There (wegotherepodcast.com)

6.      Maternal and neonatal trauma with operative vaginal delivery. Canadian Medical Association Journal Podcast. Jan 31, 2022. https://open.spotify.com/episode/3UOHFJfU0RZVsUteF6Tudy?si=8ff641880f4943ca
7.   Episiotomy helpful in forceps births says Canadian study. CBC radio, White Coat, Black Art. Oct 21, 2019.
8.      Episiotomies are on the decline, but for some women it can prevent further tearing: study. Global News by Arti Patel. Oct 21, 2019. https://globalnews.ca/news/6059600/episiotomy-injury-risk/
9.      Injuries to moms, babies during forceps deliveries on the rise: study. Jun 18, 2018.  CTV National News. http://ctv.news/giRGdST
10.      Increasing rates of obstetric trauma in Canada. Jun 18, 2018. CBC Ottawa’s All in Day.
11.      Safety of forceps and vacuum delivery. Jun 7, 2017. The Afternoon News, AM800 CKLW News.
12.      Study suggests forceps, vacuum deliveries more traumatic than C-sections. June 5, 2017. Wochit News. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjiqhLV2IDA
13.      Perinatal and maternal morbidity and mortality after attempted operative vaginal delivery at midpelvic station. June 5, 2017. Canadian Medical Association Journal Podcast. https://soundcloud.com/cmajpodcasts/161156-res
 Newspapers/Magazines/Blogs (Print and Online) 
1.      Trauma Rates with OVD Unexpectedly High, Study Finds. Medscape News article by Michael Vlessides. Jan 14, 2022. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/966677
2.      Study: trauma rates high in Canada among forceps and vacuum deliveries. The Toronto Star article by Melissa Couto Zuber for the Canadian Press. Jan 10, 2022. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2022/01/10/study-trauma-rates-high-in-canada-among-forceps-and-vacuum-deliveries.html
3.      Use of forceps, vacuum during childbirth has higher rates of physical trauma, study finds. CTVNews.ca article by Alexandra Mae Jones. Jan 10, 2022. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/use-of-forceps-vacuum-during-childbirth-has-higher-rates-of-physical-trauma-study-finds-1.5733673
4.      Study: trauma rates high in Canada among forceps and vacuum deliveries. Sask Today article by Melissa Couto Zuber for the Canadian Press. Jan 10, 2022. https://www.sasktoday.ca/the-mix/study-trauma-rates-high-in-canada-among-forceps-and-vacuum-deliveries-4939570
5.      McMaster researcher finds high rates of trauma for mothers and babies with forceps and vacuum deliveries. https://healthsci.mcmaster.ca/home/2022/01/10/mcmaster-researcher-finds-high-rates-of-trauma-for-mothers-and-babies-with-forceps-and-vacuum-deliveries
6.      Research reveals high rates of trauma for mothers and babies from forceps and vacuum deliveries in Canada. Mirage News. Jan 10, 2022.
7.      Episiotomy may help reduce severe tears in deliveries involving forceps, vacuums, study shows. The Globe & Mail article by KC Hoard. Oct 21, 2019. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-episiotomy-may-help-reduce-severe-tears-in-deliveries-involving/
8.      Episiotomies reduce severe tearing risks in assisted births, study finds. The Toronto Star article by Cassandra Szklarski. Oct 21, 2019. https://www.thestar.com/life/health_wellness/2019/10/21/episiotomies-reduce-severe-tearing-risks-in-assisted-births-study-finds.html
9.      Study finds episiotomies reduce severe tearing risks in assisted births. CTV News article by Cassandra Szklarski. Oct 21, 2019. https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/study-finds-episiotomies-reduce-severe-tearing-risks-in-assisted-births-1.4647397
10.  Study puts episiotomies in new light; Move away from procedure may be hurting some women, UBC researcher says. The Province article by Pamela Fayerman. Oct 21,2019. Pg A8.
11.  Study finds episiotomies reduce severe tearing risks in assisted births. Hamilton Spectator article by Cassandra Szklarski. Oct 21, 2019. Pg G7.
12.  Episiotomy helpful in forceps births says Canadian study. Dr. Brian’s Blog on CBC’s White coat, black art. https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/episiotomy-helpful-in-forceps-births-says-canadian-study-1.5328582
13.  Researchers analyze trends in episiotomy use among vaginal deliveries. News.Med.Net article by Kate Anderton. https://www.news-medical.net/news/20191021/Researchers-analyze-trends-in-episiotomy-use-among-vaginal-deliveries.aspx
14.  Why are episiotomies on the decline when it can reduce vaginal tearing? International Business Times article by Diane Galistan. https://www.ibtimes.com/why-are-episiotomies-decline-when-it-can-reduce-vaginal-tearing-2851484
15.  Study finds episiotomies reduce severe tearing risks in assisted births. Times Colonist article by Cassandra Szklarski. Oct 21, 2019. Pg C1.
16.  Obstetric trauma due to forceps has increased in Canada: report. The Globe & Mail article by Carly Weeks. Jun 18, 2018. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-obstetric-trauma-due-to-forceps-has-increased-in-canada-report/
17.  Trauma to moms, babies increasing with forceps deliveries, study shows. National Post article by Sharon Kirkey. Jun 18, 2018. https://nationalpost.com/health/trauma-to-moms-babies-increasing-with-forceps-deliveries-study-shows
18.  A new study says injuries from forceps deliveries are on the rise. Jun 18, 2018. Today’s Parent article by Jill Buchner. https://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/a-new-study-says-injuries-from-forceps-deliveries-are-on-the-rise/
19.  Forceps and vacuum delivery to reduce cesareans could lead to more birth trauma. Q&A with Dr. Marie Benz for MedicalResearch.com. Jun 18, 2018. https://medicalresearch.com/author-interviews/forceps-and-vacuum-delivery-to-reduce-cesareans-could-lead-to-more-birth-trauma/42447/
20.  Obstetric trauma rates for forceps deliveries have increased in Canada. Medical Xpress. June 18, 2018. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-06-obstetric-trauma-forceps-deliveries-canada.html
21.  How parenting affects younger moms' mental health versus older moms' mental health. Romper article by Gillian Walters. Aug 8, 2017. https://www.romper.com/p/how-parenting-affects-younger-moms-mental-health-versus-older-moms-mental-health-75078
22.  Midpelvic operative vaginal delivery riskier than cesarean. Medscape News article by Troy Brown. Jun 9, 2017. https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/881353
23.  Forceps, vacuum deliveries more traumatic than C-section. Independent Online. Jun 9, 2017. https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/family/forceps-vacuum-deliveries-more-traumatic-than-c-section-9671884
24.  A vacuum or forceps delivery could be riskier than a C-section for mom and baby. Today's Parent article by Alex Mlynek. Jun 6, 2017. https://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/a-vacuum-or-forceps-delivery-could-be-riskier-than-a-c-section-for-mom-and-baby/
25.  Perinatal and maternal adverse events after attempted operative vaginal delivery at midpelvic station. Q&A with Dr. Marie Benz for MedicalResearch.com. Jun 5, 2017. https://medicalresearch.com/author-interviews/perinatal-maternal-adverse-events-attempted-operative-vaginal-delivery-midpelvic-station/34972/
26.  Cesarean deliveries better than midpelvic forceps, vacuum deliveries: Study. Jun 5, 2017. Business Standard. https://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/forceps-vacuum-deliveries-more-traumatic-than-c-section-117060600497_1.html
27.  Midpelvic forceps, vacuum deliveries: Higher rates of trauma for mothers and babies. Jun 5, 2017. Science Daily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170605085351.htm
28.  Study finds forceps, vacuum deliveries more traumatic than C-sections. United Press International article by Amy Wallace. Jun 5, 2017. https://www.upi.com/Study-finds-forceps-vacuum-deliveries-more-traumatic-than-csections/9291496665906
29.  Older mothers may be more prone to depression than younger women. The Guardian article by Ian Sample. Feb 22, 2012.  https://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/feb/22/older-mothers-more-prone-depression
30.  Older mothers at 'greater risk of depression' due to worrying about themselves and the health of their babies. The Daily Mail article by Fiona MacRae. Feb 22, 2012. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2104471/Older-mothers-greater-risk-depression-worrying-health-babies.html
31.  Older mothers 'five times more likely to suffer from depression'. The Daily Telegraph article by Nick Collins. Feb 22, 2012. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-health/9095812/Older-mothers-five-times-more-likely-to-suffer-from-depression.html
32.  Mothers who delay families ‘at greater risk of depression’. The Times article by Katie Collins. Feb 22, 2012. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/mothers-who-delay-families-at-greater-risk-of-depression-qmvk0rstwhn
33.  Older mothers at far greater risk of depression, reveals study. The Huffington Post article by Georgia James. Feb 22, 2012. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/22/older-mothers-depression-risk_n_1293980.html
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