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Sulfonamides, Nitrofurantoin, and Risk of Birth Defects

Committee Opinion Number 494, June 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

Abstract The evidence regarding an association between the nitrofuran and sulfonamide classes of antibiotics and birth defects is mixed As with all patients antibiotics should be prescribed for pregnant women only for appropriate indications and for the shortest effective duration During the secon...

June 2011

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The Apgar Score

Committee Opinion Number 644, October 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 333, May 2006)

ABSTRACT The Apgar score provides an accepted and convenient method for reporting the status of the newborn infant immediately after birth and the response to resuscitation if needed The Apgar score alone cannot be considered to be evidence of or a consequence of asphyxia does not predict individu...

October 2015

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The Importance of Preconception Care in the Continuum of Women's Health Care

Committee Opinion Number 313, September 2005

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The goal of preconception care is to reduce the risk of adverse health effects for the woman fetus or neonate by optimizing the womans health and knowledge before planning and conceiving a pregnancy Because reproductive capacity spans almost four decades for most women optimizing womens h...

September 2005

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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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The Use and Development of Checklists in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 680, November 2016

ABSTRACT Checklists are used in medical and nonmedical settings as cognitive aids to ensure that users complete all the items associated with a particular task They are ideal for tasks with many steps for tasks performed under stressful circumstances or for reminding people to perform tasks that t...

November 2016

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The Use of Chromosomal Microarray Analysis in Prenatal Diagnosis

Committee Opinion Number 581, December 2013

(Replaces No. 446, November 2009. Reaffirmed 2015)
(See also Practice Bulletin No. 88)

ABSTRACT Chromosomal microarray analysis is a technique that identifies chromosomal abnormalities including submicroscopic abnormalities that are too small to be detected by conventional karyotyping Like conventional fetal karyotyping prenatal chromosomal microarray analysis requires direct testin...

December 2013

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Timing of Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth

Committee Opinion Number 543, December 2012

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The optimal timing for clamping the umbilical cord after birth has been a subject of controversy and debate Although many randomized controlled trials in term and preterm infants have evaluated the benefits of delayed umbilical cord clamping versus immediate umbilical cord clamping the id...

December 2012

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Tubal Ligation with Cesarean Delivery

Committee Opinion Number 205, August 1998

Tubal ligation at the time of cesarean delivery requires significant additional physician work even though the technical work of the procedure is brief Informed consent by the patient requires considerably more counseling by the physician regarding potential risks and benefits of this procedure th...

August 1998

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Umbilical Cord Blood Banking

Committee Opinion Number 648, December 2015

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 399, February 2008)

ABSTRACT Once considered a waste product that was discarded with the placenta umbilical cord blood is now known to contain potentially lifesaving hematopoietic stem cells When used in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation umbilical cord blood offers several distinct advantages over bone marrow o...

December 2015

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Update on Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

Committee Opinion Number 486, April 2011

(Reaffirmed 2014, Replaces No. 325, December 2005)

ABSTRACT In 2001 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Medical Genetics introduced guidelines for prenatal and preconception carrier screening for cystic fibrosis The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Genetics has updated...

April 2011

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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 2015)

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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Vitamin D: Screening and Supplementation During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 495, July 2011

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT During pregnancy severe maternal vitamin D deficiency has been associated with biochemical evidence of disordered skeletal homeostasis congenital rickets and fractures in the newborn At this time there is insufficient evidence to support a recommendation for screening all pregnant women f...

July 2011

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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Committee Opinion Number 548, January 2013

Reaffirmed 2015

ABSTRACT The updated guidelines by the Institute of Medicine regarding gestational weight gain provide clinicians with a basis for practice Health care providers who care for pregnant women should determine a womans body mass index at the initial prenatal visit and counsel her regarding the benefi...

January 2013

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