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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Kicks Off Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago, IL

62nd Ob-Gyn Conference Highlights More Than 400 Pieces of New Research

April 26, 2014

Chicago, IL – The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) today kicked off its Annual Clinical Meeting, the country’s foremost gathering of physicians specializing in the care of women. This is the 62nd annual conference hosted by the College.

Speakers and presenters at the meeting – which gathers thousands of ob-gyns from around the world – will address leading women’s care issues, such as the role of the well-woman visit, the latest on reproductive health and environmental exposures, the ongoing effort to lower the cesarean delivery rate, and advances in care to help improve outcomes for women and their families.

“For the last year, I have emphasized the theme of ‘Every Woman, Every Time.’ This means making sure that each woman receives the attention to reproductive health that she deserves, each and every time she goes to the doctor,” said Jeanne A. Conry, MD, PhD, President of the College. “As the only medical specialty that addresses reproductive health choices and solely focuses on optimizing women’s health, it is up to ob-gyns to look at how we can improve the health of millions of American women.”

“Never before has women’s health played such a leading role in America’s health care conversation,” Dr. Conry added. “That’s why it is such an exciting time to gather together to learn more about how our specialty is changing, and what the future holds for obstetric and gynecological care. It is a strong reminder that care provided to women today is an investment in America’s future generations.”

Lecture topics presented at this year’s meeting include:

  • “Human Rights and Women’s Health in the 21st Century”
  • “From Silent Spring to Silent Night: The Impact of the Environment on Reproductive Health”
  • “Preventing Preterm Birth: Recent Progress and Future Directions”
  • “Feminism and the Moral Imperative for Contraception”
  • “Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the U.S.: Time to Wake Up and Take the Lead”

In addition to speeches, colloquia, clinical seminars, hands-on training classes, and more, the meeting also features the release of more than 400 new pieces of original research through oral presentations and posters. The abstracts of this research are published in a supplement to the May issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Examples of this original research include:

  • Obesity Prevalence Among Reproductive-Age Women, By Number of Live Births – United States, 2001-2010
  • Yes We Can: How Our Community Hospital Lowered Its Cesarean Rate
  • Bedrest and Gestational Diabetes: More Reasons to Get out of Bed in the Morning
  • Mothers at Risk: Maternal Mental Health Outcomes after Perinatal Death
  • Adolescent HPV Vaccination and Contraception Use in Medically Rural Versus Urban Environments
  • Changes in Prenatal Testing Trends Following Introduction of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing
  • Are Planned Home Births Really Low Risk?
  • Does Influenza Vaccination in Pregnancy Reduce the Risk of Preeclampsia?
  • Maternal Age and Successful Induction of Labor in the United States, 2006-2010
  • Likelihood of Continued Childbearing after Cesarean Delivery

To learn more about the research presented at the 62nd Annual Clinical Meeting, please contact the College’s press office at communications@acog.org.

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 more than 58,000 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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