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Letter to the Editor New York Times

August 16, 2011

On August 9, 2011, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists submitted the following letter to the editor of The New York Times:

August 9, 2011

The New York Times
620 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10018

To the Editor:

"A Campaign to Carry Pregnancies to Term" (August 8) highlights the importance of educating the public, physicians, and hospitals regarding the very real health risks to newborns from elective inductions or cesarean deliveries before 39 weeks of gestation. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has a shared commitment with the March of Dimes to reduce elective deliveries before 39 weeks. In fact, we have recommended since 1979 that pregnant women should not be induced or delivered by cesarean before 39 weeks when there is no medical indication. Scheduling a birth merely for convenience sake—for either women or physicians—has never been considered a medical indication.

As the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women, we remain committed to ensuring the health and well-being of our patients and their newborns.

Gerald F. Joseph, Jr, MD
Vice President, Practice Activities
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
409 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-2188
(202) 863-2577

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College), a 501(c)(3) organization, is the nation's leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of approximately 55,000 members, The College strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women's health care. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), a 501(c)(6) organization, is its companion organization. www.acog.org


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