ACOG in the News: Abortion Restrictions Could Collide with Zika, ACOG Supports Evidence-Based Decisions on Planned Home Birth, and Extreme Nausea in Pregnancy

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.

Forbes While Zika Spreads In The U.S., Congress Goes On Vacation

Thomas Gellhaus, MD, President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), ripped Congressional inaction noting: As of July 7th there are nearly 650 pregnant women infected with the Zika virus in the U.S.…crucial funds for Zika research, mosquito abatement and prevention–including family planning–will either dry up, or will be pulled from other vital public health programs. The bottom line is that Americans are left vulnerable.

Congress has missed an opportunity to show the American people that it is capable of rising above partisanship for the health of its citizens…Leaving moms and babies at risk is WRONG.

Time How Abortion Restrictions Could Collide With Zika in the U.S. This Summer

“We don’t know how to prevent the Zika virus, but we do know how to prevent pregnancy,” says Dr. Chris Zahn, Vice President of Practice Activities for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The Zika crisis makes it impossible to ignore the need for full access to safe, affordable and effective reproductive health care options for women—no matter where they live.”

CNN Are prenatal vitamins worth the money?

While the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has no specific guidance about whether or not pregnant women need to take a prenatal vitamin, Dr. Scott Sullivan, a fellow at the group, said that taking specific evidence-based minimums of nutrients are suggested:

"It is certainly more convenient to take one supplement rather than five things and probably improves compliance," said Sullivan, an associate professor at the Medical University of South Carolina who was not involved in the new paper.

"It's not time to abandon the multivitamin or prenatal vitamin and it's not one size fits all," he said. "Nutrition is important in pregnancy, and should be maximized. The choice of prenatal vitamins should be individualized, made in conjunction with a woman's OB-GYN or provider, with attention to the minimums mentioned."

Ob.Gyn.News ACOG supports evidence-based decisions on planned home birth

Women who are interested in a planned home birth are entitled to make medically informed decisions about where to deliver their babies, according to an updated policy statement from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The Hill Greater regulation of toxic chemicals needed

DDT. Asbestos. BPA. These are well-known toxic substances. American consumers recognize these names and, increasingly, the negative impact that they have on our health. But amidst the tens of thousands of chemicals that are listed on the U.S. Environmental Protecting Agency inventory, only a small minority have been tested for toxic effects – and only a fraction of those have been evaluated for effects on brain development in children.

Now, we have clear evidence that certain chemical compounds inhibit brain development, during both pregnancy and childhood. But many of those chemical compounds remain in consumer products that are used daily across the country. It’s time for our government to improve the ways that chemicals are regulated in this country, and it’s time for companies to stop relying on dangerous compounds – and to stop finding equally dangerous workarounds.

Tom Gellhaus is president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The Sacramento Bee Stronger rules needed to protect babies, fetuses from toxic chemicals

By Jeanne Conry

“Every Woman. Every Time.” That’s a straightforward health mantra for well-woman care, but recently I’ve realized that it extends to children and families in the context of toxic substances.

The impacts of well-known chemicals like DDT, asbestos and lead are recognized for their negative impacts on health. But amidst the tens of thousands of chemicals listed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inventory, only a minority have been tested for toxic effects – and only a fraction of those have been evaluated for effects on brain development in children.

HealthDay News Put Birth Control in Place Right After Childbirth

Obstetrician-gynecologists should counsel pregnant women about use of long-acting reversible contraception, such as implants and IUDs, immediately after they give birth, a leading group of U.S. doctors says.

The goal is to prevent accidental pregnancy or another pregnancy too soon, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) explained in its first clinical opinion on the subject.


US News & World Report 6 Reasons to Get the Recommended Care During the Fourth Trimester

During pregnancy, most women see their doctors more frequently than at any other time in their adult lives. When the baby is born, that abruptly changes. In fact, 40 percent of new mothers do not have a postpartum checkup within six weeks of giving birth as recommended, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, or ACOG. In its recent Committee Opinion, ACOG emphasized the importance of a comprehensive postpartum visit for a variety of reasons that many women may be unaware of.

"The health care system has not done a good job of making that visit valuable to women and explaining why it's important," says Dr. Alison Stuebe, lead author of the ACOG opinion and an associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine at the UNC School of Medicine–Chapel Hill. "Women are coping with all sorts of issues in the fourth trimester – and these issues should be front and center in the postpartum visit."

Philadelphia Inquirer For extreme nausea in pregnancy, drug offers lifeline - and quandary

Laura Sirott, an ob/gyn who served on the ACOG review committee that included Diclegis in its revised 2015 practice guidelines, agrees that the medicine is safe and effective. "No one wants to take anything; women barely want to breathe when they're pregnant," she says. "But I don't think there's anything to be proven by saying, 'I didn't need any [medication].' "

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