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  • April 21, 2016

    Breast and Labial Surgery in Adolescents

    With adolescent women already inquiring about breast augmentation and reduction surgeries at a high rate and a recent increase in the marketing of labiaplasty, female adolescents may be under particular stress to conform to societal conceptions of the "ideal" body. Increasingly, obstetrician-gynecologists are receiving requests from young women for advice about surgery for the breast or vulva in order to improve appearance and function.

  • March 23, 2016

    Educate and Vaccinate: Ob-Gyns Play an Essential Role

    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.

  • March 8, 2016

    ACOG Revitalizes Patient Safety Program

    As part of an ongoing effort to improve patient safety, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has revitalized the Safety Certification in Outpatient Practice Excellence (SCOPE) for Women's Health program. SCOPE is a voluntary, comprehensive patient safety review program for medical offices that provide obstetric and/or gynecologic services. The goals of SCOPE are to assist ob-gyns and other women's health care providers in assessing the implementation and use of patient safety concepts and techniques in their offices and to recognize those offices with strong patient safety practices. Additionally, SCOPE may identify office processes that require improvement, and ACOG will act as a resource to provide assistance and education to make changes and enhance patient safety.

  • March 3, 2016

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

    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.

  • March 1, 2016

    Ob-Gyns Release Revised Recommendations on Screening and Testing for Genetic Disorders

    All women need accurate information in order to make appropriate decisions regarding the various forms of genetic screening and diagnostic testing available in pregnancy. Importantly, these decisions must align with each individual woman's values, goals, and preferences. In an effort to clarify the purposes of and differences between prenatal genetic screening and prenatal genetic diagnostic testing, and to aid practitioners in giving women the information they seek, today the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) released two Practice Bulletins: "Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy" and "Prenatal Diagnostic Testing for Genetic Disorders."

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