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Marc Jackson, MD, MBA, Appointed Vice President of Education for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

OB/GYN News - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 11:50
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today announced that Marc Jackson, MD, MBA, has assumed the role of vice president of education. 

ACOG Releases Special Report on Power Morcellation and Occult Malignancy in Gynecologic Surgery

OB/GYN News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:49

Washington, DC — Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a Special Report, “Power Morcellation and Occult Malignancy in Gynecologic Surgery.” The Special Report presents the findings and recommendations of a task force of obstetrician-gynecologists representing key areas of expertise including laparoscopic surgery, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology. The task force reviewed and analyzed available scientific evidence on power morcellation and occult malignancy in gynecologic surgery.

Nation’s Health Experts Look to Improve Maternal Care

OB/GYN News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:43
Each year, more than 65,000 women in the United States suffer complications during pregnancy or childbirth that are near-fatal. In many cases, these outcomes may have been prevented. Like maternal mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy, at delivery or soon after delivery, maternal morbidity in the United States has been steadily increasing.

Increased Success and Safety in Assisted Reproductive Technology By Using Elective Single Embryo Transfer

OB/GYN News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:42
Over the past decades the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) has increased globally, making pregnancy possible for many couples. With improved technology and increased access to data, obstetrician-gynecologists and patients have safer and more effective options available to them than ever before. 

Educate and Vaccinate: Ob-Gyns Play an Essential Role

OB/GYN News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:40
The importance, safety and efficacy of immunization against vaccine preventable diseases is well established. However, national vaccination rates lag behind public health goals. As women's health care providers, obstetrician-gynecologists are uniquely positioned as a source of information and recommendations on immunization and reducing morbidity and mortality from a range of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Ob-Gyns Continue to Fight Obesity Epidemic, Promote Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

OB/GYN News - Thu, 02/21/2019 - 16:37
Alarmingly, more than half of all women of reproductive age in the United States are overweight or obese. In fact, obesity is the most common health care problem in women of reproductive age and the risks associated with obesity and pregnancy are significant. Management of these issues are challenging, relative to optimal weight gain, caring for obesity-related complications and postpartum weight control concerns. Today, as part of an ongoing effort to address the obesity epidemic and care for patients, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued new recommendations focusing on obesity in pregnancy and physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Fighting obesity is also part of the ACOG Presidential Task Force set forth by Mark S. DeFrancesco MD, MBA, President of the College.

March of Dimes, ACOG Hail Legislation to Improve Health Care for Pregnant Women and Newborns

OB/GYN News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 15:57
The March of Dimes and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) today applauded introduction of the Quality Care for Moms and Babies Act, a bill to improve quality of care, health outcomes, and the value of maternity care. This legislation is authored by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and has twelve bipartisan original cosponsors.

New Guidelines for Facilities Performing Office-Based Procedures Including Abortion

OB/GYN News - Thu, 01/24/2019 - 13:49
Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) along with the National Partnership for Women & Families released the results of “The Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in Offices and Clinics”. 

Nation's Ob-Gyns Join the First HPV Prevention Week in the United States

OB/GYN News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:55
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the leading organization of women’s health care physicians, joined the American Medical Women’s Association, the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer, Indiana University, and other health care groups to launch this country’s first HPV Prevention Week.


OB/GYN News - Tue, 01/22/2019 - 13:55

ACOG Issues Updated Hypertension Guidance, Discusses New ACC/AHA Criteria

OB/GYN News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 17:15
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released today two new pieces of guidance on one of the leading causes of maternal deaths—hypertension or high blood pressure in pregnancy.

Leading Experts in Obstetric Care Aim to Maximize Women’s Health Between Pregnancies

OB/GYN News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 17:01
 Among continued efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released new recommendations designed to improve women’s overall life health by focusing on a set of interventions between pregnancies. Published in Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Interpregnancy Care, the latest in the Obstetric Care Consensus series, is endorsed by both the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health.


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Nation’s Ob-Gyns Take Aim at Preventing Cesareans

OB/GYN News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 15:46

Washington, DC -- Allowing most women with low-risk pregnancies to spend more time in the first stage of labor may avoid unnecessary cesareans, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM). In a jointly-issued Obstetric Care Consensus guideline, the new recommendations are targeted at preventing women from having cesareans with their first birth and at decreasing the national cesarean rate.