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The Importance of Vital Records and Statistics for the Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Committee Opinion Number 639, September 2015

ABSTRACT Information from vital records is critical to identify and quantify healthrelated issues and to measure progress toward quality improvement and public health goals In particular maternal and infant mortality serve as important indicators of the nations health thereby influencing policy de...

September 2015

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First-Trimester Risk Assessment for Early-Onset Preeclampsia

Committee Opinion Number 638, September 2015

ABSTRACT Hypertensive disorders with adverse sequelae including preterm birth maternal morbidity and mortality and longterm risk of maternal cardiovascular disease complicate 510 of pregnancies Early identification of pregnant women at risk of developing earlyonset preeclampsia would theoretically...

September 2015

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Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Lactation

Committee Opinion Number 637, July 2015

ABSTRACT Cannabis sativa marijuana is the illicit drug most commonly used during pregnancy The selfreported prevalence of marijuana use during pregnancy ranges from 2 to 5 in most studies A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes and its use by preg...

July 2015

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Management of Women With Phenylketonuria

Committee Opinion Number 636, June 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 449, December 2009)

ABSTRACT Phenylketonuria PKU is an autosomal recessive disorder of phenylalanine Phe metabolism characterized by deficient activity of the hepatic enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase Increased blood Phe levels are toxic to a variety of tissues particularly the developing fetal brain The mainstay of t...

June 2015

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Prenatal and Perinatal Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing - Expanded Recommendations

Committee Opinion Number 635, June 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 418, September 2008, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Given the enormous advances in the prevention of perinatal transmission of human immunodeficiency virus HIV it is clear that early identification and treatment of all pregnant women with HIV is the best way to prevent neonatal infection and also improve womens health Furthermore new evide...

June 2015

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Screening for Perinatal Depression

Committee Opinion Number 630, May 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 453, February 2010, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Perinatal depression which includes major and minor depressive episodes that occur during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after delivery is one of the most common medical complications during pregnancy and the postpartum period affecting one in seven women It is important to identify ...

May 2015

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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Committee Opinion Number 627, March 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 425, January 2009)

ABSTRACT Unauthorized undocumented immigrants are less likely than other residents of the United States to have health insurance The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has long supported a basic health care package for all women living within the United States without regard to th...

March 2015

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Emergent Therapy for Acute-Onset, Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Committee Opinion Number 623, February 2015

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 514, December 2011)

ABSTRACT Acuteonset severe systolic hypertension severe diastolic hypertension or both can occur in pregnant women or women in the postpartum period Introducing standardized evidencebased clinical guidelines for the management of patients with preeclampsia and eclampsia has been demonstrated to re...

February 2015

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Ovarian Reserve Testing

Committee Opinion Number 618, January 2015

ABSTRACT The main goal of ovarian reserve testing is to identify those individuals who are at risk of decreased or diminished ovarian reserve commonly known as DOR Although ovarian reserve testing cannot predict the end of ones reproductive years results outside the range expected for a patients a...

January 2015

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Method for Estimating Due Date

Committee Opinion Number 611, October 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016. See also Committee Opinion No. 579)

ABSTRACT Accurate dating of pregnancy is important to improve outcomes and is a research and public health imperative As soon as data from the last menstrual period the first accurate ultrasound examination or both are obtained the gestational age and the estimated due date should be determined di...

October 2014

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Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 608, September 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 468, October 2010)

ABSTRACT The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend that all adults receive an annual influenza vaccine Influenza vaccination is an essential element of preconception prenatal an...

September 2014

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Labor Induction or Augmentation and Autism

Committee Opinion Number 597, May 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016)

Abstract Functional oxytocin deficiency and a faulty oxytocin signaling pathway have been observed in conjunction with autism spectrum disorder ASD Because exogenous synthetic oxytocin commonly is administered for labor induction and augmentation some have hypothesized that synthetic oxytocin used...

May 2014

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Preparing for Clinical Emergencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 590, March 2014

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces Committee Opinion Number 487, April 2011)

ABSTRACT Patient care emergencies may occur at any time in any setting particularly the inpatient setting It is important that obstetriciangynecologists prepare themselves by assessing potential emergencies establishing early warning systems designating specialized first responders conducting emer...

March 2014

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Definition of Term Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 579, November 2013

Reaffirmed 2015

ABSTRACT In the past the period from 3 weeks before until 2 weeks after the estimated date of delivery was considered term with the expectation that neonatal outcomes from deliveries in this interval were uniform and good Increasingly however research has shown that neonatal outcomes especially re...

November 2013

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Elective Surgery and Patient Choice

Committee Opinion Number 578, November 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016. Replaces No. 395, January 2008)

ABSTRACT Acknowledgment of the importance of patient autonomy and increased patient access to information such as information on the Internet has prompted more patientgenerated requests for surgical interventions not traditionally recommended Depending on the context acceding to a request for a su...

November 2013

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Breastfeeding in Underserved Women: Increasing Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding

Committee Opinion Number 570, August 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Maternal and infant benefits from breastfeeding are well documented and are especially important to underserved women Underserved women are disproportionately likely to experience adverse health outcomes that may improve with breastfeeding They face unique barriers and have low rates of i...

August 2013

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Oral Health Care During Pregnancy and Through the Lifespan

Committee Opinion Number 569, August 2013

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Oral health is an important component of general health and should be maintained during pregnancy and through a womans lifespan Maintaining good oral health may have a positive effect on cardiovascular disease diabetes and other disorders In 20072009 35 of US women reported that they did ...

August 2013

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Professional Liability and Gynecology-Only Practice

Committee Opinion Number 567, July 2013

(Replaces No. 408, June 2008, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may choose to limit the scope of their practices to gynecology and accordingly may choose not to carry professional liability coverage for obstetrics The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists considers early ...

July 2013

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Update on Immunization and Pregnancy Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccination

Committee Opinion Number 566, June 2013

(Replaces No. 521, March 2012, Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT In the face of dramatic and persistent increases in pertussis disease in the United States the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has updated its guidelines for the use of the tetanus toxoid reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pert...

June 2013

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Ethical Issues With Vaccination for the Obstetrician–Gynecologist

Committee Opinion Number 564, May 2013

(Reaffirmed 2016)

ABSTRACT Because of the growing importance of infectious disease prevention in the individual patient and the larger community it is vital that Fellows of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists be prepared to navigate the practical and ethical challenges that come with vaccination...

May 2013

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