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Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth

Committee Opinion Number 684, January 2017

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 543, December 2012)

ABSTRACT Delayed umbilical cord clamping appears to be beneficial for term and preterm infants In term infants delayed umbilical cord clamping increases hemoglobin levels at birth and improves iron stores in the first several months of life which may have a favorable effect on developmental outcom...

January 2017

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Microarrays and Next-Generation Sequencing Technology: The Use of Advanced Genetic Diagnostic Tools in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Committee Opinion Number 682, December 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 581, December 2013)

ABSTRACT Genetic technology has advanced dramatically in the past few decades and its applications and use in caring for and counseling pregnant women has been transformational in the realm of prenatal diagnosis Two of the newer genetic technologies in the prenatal setting are chromosomal microarr...

December 2016

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Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

Committee Opinion Number 681, December 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion No. 520, March 2012)

ABSTRACT Adverse outcomes preventable or otherwise are a reality of medical care Most importantly adverse events affect patients but they also affect health care practitioners Disclosing information about adverse events has benefits for the patient and the physician and ideally strengthens the pat...

December 2016

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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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Immersion in Water During Labor and Delivery

Committee Opinion Number 679, November 2016

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 594, April 2014)

ABSTRACT Immersion in water during labor or delivery has been popularized over the past several decades The prevalence of this practice in the United States is uncertain because it has not been studied in births outside of the home and birth centers and the data are not recorded on birth certifica...

November 2016

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Antenatal Corticosteroid Therapy for Fetal Maturation

Committee Opinion Number 677, October 2016

ABSTRACT Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 07 weeks and 33 67 weeks of gestation including for those w...

October 2016

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Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Committee Opinion Number 670, August 2016

ABSTRACT Immediate postpartum longacting reversible contraception LARC has the potential to reduce unintended and shortinterval pregnancy Women should be counseled about all forms of postpartum contraception in a context that allows informed decision making Immediate postpartum LARC should be offe...

August 2016

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