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Access to Postpartum Sterilization

Number 530

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Postpartum tubal sterilization is one of the safest and most effective methods of contraception Women who desire this type of sterilization typically undergo thorough counseling and informed consent during prenatal care and reiterate their desire for postpartum sterilization at the time o...

July 2012

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Amnioinfusion Does Not Prevent Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Number 346

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Amnioinfusion has been advocated as a technique to reduce the incidence of meconium aspiration and to improve neonatal outcome However a large proportion of women with meconiumstained amniotic fluid have infants who have taken in meconium within the trachea or bronchioles before meconium ...

October 2006

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Analgesia and Cesarean Delivery Rates

Number 339

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 269, February 2002)

ABSTRACT Neuraxial analgesia techniques are the most effective and least depressant treatments for labor pain The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists previously recommended that practitioners delay initiating epidural analgesia in nulliparous women until the cervical dilatation rea...

June 2006

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Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

Number 559

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Cesarean delivery on maternal request is defined as a primary prelabor cesarean delivery on maternal request in the absence of any maternal or fetal indications Potential risks of cesarean delivery on maternal request include a longer maternal hospital stay an increased risk of respirator...

April 2013

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Definition of Term Pregnancy

Number 579

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

Number 623

(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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Health Care for Pregnant and Postpartum Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females

Number 511

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Clinicians who provide care for incarcerated women should be aware of the special health care needs of pregnant incarcerated women and the specific issues related to the use of restraints during pregnancy and the postpartum period The use of restraints on pregnant incarcerated women and a...

November 2011

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Hospital Disaster Preparedness for Obstetricians and Facilities Providing Maternity Care

Number 555

ABSTRACT Numerous occurrences in the past decade have brought the issue of disaster preparedness and specifically hospital preparedness to the national forefront Much of the work in this area has focused on large hospital system preparedness for various disaster scenarios Many unique features of t...

March 2013

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Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery

Number 594

ABSTRACT Immersion in water has been suggested as a beneficial alternative for labor or delivery or both and over the past decades has gained popularity in many parts of world Immersion in water during the first stage of labor may be associated with decreased pain or use of anesthesia and decrease...

April 2014

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Labor Induction or Augmentation and Autism

Number 597

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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Limitations of Perineal Lacerations as an Obstetric Quality Measure

Number 647

ABSTRACT Perineal lacerations are a common occurrence with vaginal delivery Although perineal lacerations are tracked easily from coding data there are a variety of problems with using rates of such tears as a quality measure The rate of severe perineal lacerations should not be used as a measure ...

November 2015

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Magnesium Sulfate Before Anticipated Preterm Birth for Neuroprotection

Number 455

Reaffirmed 2015

Abstract Numerous large clinical studies have evaluated the evidence regarding magnesium sulfate neuroprotection and preterm births The Committee on Obstetric Practice and the Society for MaternalFetal Medicine recognize that none of the individual studies found a benefit with regard to their prim...

March 2010

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Magnesium Sulfate Use in Obstetrics

Number 573

ABSTRACT The US Food and Drug Administration advises against the use of magnesium sulfate injections for more than 57 days to stop preterm labor in pregnant women Based on this the drug classification was changed from Category A to Category D and the labeling was changed to include this new warnin...

September 2013

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Management of Delivery of a Newborn With Meconium-Stained Amniotic Fluid

Number 379

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT In accordance with the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association all infants with meconiumstained amniotic fluid should no longer routinely receive intrapartum suctioning If meconium is present and the newborn is depressed the clinician shou...

September 2007

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Maternal Decision Making Ethics and the Law

Number 321

ABSTRACT Recent legal actions and policies aimed at protecting the fetus as an entity separate from the woman have challenged the rights of pregnant women to make decisions about medical interventions and have criminalized maternal behavior that is believed to be associated with fetal harm or adve...

November 2005

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Medically Indicated Late-Preterm and Early-Term Deliveries

Number 560

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT The neonatal risks of late preterm 34 0736 67 weeks of gestation and earlyterm 37 0738 67 weeks of gestation births are well established However there are a number of maternal fetal and placental complications in which either a latepreterm or earlyterm delivery is warranted The timing of ...

April 2013

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Method for Estimating Due Date

Number 611

(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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Mode of Term Singleton Breech Delivery

Number 340

(Replaces No. 265, December 2001, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT In light of recent studies that further clarify the longterm risks of vaginal breech delivery the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the decision regarding mode of delivery should depend on the experience of the health care provider Cesarean delivery will ...

July 2006

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Nalbuphine Hydrochloride Use for Intrapartum Analgesia

Number 376

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Safety concerns have been raised regarding the use of nalbuphine hydrochloride during labor The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists finds data are insufficient to recommend any changes in nalbuphine hydrochloride administration at this time Opinion Nalbuphine hydrochloride...

August 2007

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Nonmedically Indicated Early-Term Deliveries

Number 561

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT For certain medical conditions available data and expert opinion support optimal timing of delivery in the latepreterm or earlyterm period for improved neonatal and infant outcomes However for nonmedically indicated earlyterm deliveries such an improvement has not been demonstrated Morbid...

April 2013

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