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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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Breastfeeding: Maternal and Infant Aspects

Number 361

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Evidence continues to mount regarding the value of breastfeeding for both women and their infants The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly supports breastfeeding and calls on its Fellows other health care professionals caring for women and their infants hospitals a...

February 2007

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Preparing for Disasters: Perspectives on Women

Number 457

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Emergency plans that specifically address the needs of women infants and children during disasters are currently underdeveloped in the United States Pregnant women infants and children are adversely affected by disasters resulting in an increased number of infants with intrauterine growth...

June 2010

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At-Risk Drinking and Alcohol Dependence: Obstetric and Gynecologic Implications

Number 496

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Compared with men atrisk alcohol use by women has a disproportionate effect on their health and lives including reproductive function and pregnancy outcomes Obstetriciangynecologists have a key role in screening and providing brief intervention patient education and treatment referral for...

August 2011

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Adult Manifestations of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Number 498

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT Longterm effects of childhood sexual abuse are varied complex and often devastating Many obstetriciangynecologists knowingly or unknowingly provide care to abuse survivors and should screen all women for a history of such abuse Depression anxiety and anger are the most commonly reported e...

August 2011

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Maternal-Fetal Intervention and Fetal Care Centers

Number 501

(Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT The past two decades have yielded profound advances in the fields of prenatal diagnosis and fetal intervention Although fetal interventions are driven by a beneficencebased motivation to improve fetal and neonatal outcomes advancement in fetal therapies raises ethical issues surrounding m...

August 2011

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Intimate Partner Violence

Number 518

ABSTRACT Intimate partner violence IPV is a significant yet preventable public health problem that affects millions of women regardless of age economic status race religion ethnicity sexual orientation or educational background Individuals who are subjected to IPV may have lifelong consequences in...

February 2012

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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Number 520

(Replaces No. 380, October 2007, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Disclosure and discussion of adverse events in health care with the patient are morally and ethically necessary to achieve the optimal goal of respecting patient autonomy Improving the disclosure process through education policies programmatic training and accessible resources will enhanc...

March 2012

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Benefits to Women of Medicaid Expansion Through the Affordable Care Act

Number 552

ABSTRACT Many US women are uninsured and face avoidable adverse obstetric and gynecologic health outcomes The Affordable Care Act requires an expansion of Medicaid that would increase the percentage of US women with health insurance with the anticipated benefit of improved health The 2012 Supreme ...

January 2013

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Cesarean Delivery on Maternal Request

Number 559

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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Breastfeeding in Underserved Women: Increasing Initiation and Continuation of Breastfeeding

Number 570

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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Reproductive Health Care for Adolescents With Human Immunodeficiency Virus

Number 572

(Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT Adolescents make up an increasing percentage of the US population with human immunodeficiency virus HIV Adolescentfocused care is critical to identify and reduce atrisk behavior comorbidities and partner transmission Optimal medical and reproductive health care both now and in the future ...

September 2013

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Elective Surgery and Patient Choice

Number 578

(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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Health Care for Unauthorized Immigrants

Number 627

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

Number 639

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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