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Obesity in Pregnancy

Number 549

(Replaces Committee Opinion Number 315, September 2005, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT In the United States more than one third of women are obese more than one half of pregnant women are overweight or obese and 8 of reproductiveaged women are extremely obese putting them at a greater risk of pregnancy complications Therefore preconception assessment and counseling are stro...

January 2013

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Obstetric Management of Patients with Spinal Cord Injuries

Number 275

(Replaces No. 121, April 1993, Reaffirmed 2014)

ABSTRACT Effective rehabilitation and modern reproductive technology may increase the number of women considering pregnancy who have spinal cord injuries SCIs It is important that obstetricians caring for these patients are aware of the specific problems related to SCIs Autonomic dysreflexia is th...

September 2002

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Oral Intake During Labor

Number 441

(Reaffirmed 2013)

ABSTRACT There is insufficient evidence to address the safety of any particular fasting period for solids in obstetric patients Expert opinion supports that patients undergoing either elective cesarean delivery or elective postpartum tubal ligation should undergo a fasting period of 68 hours Adher...

September 2009

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Pain Relief During Labor

Number 295

(Reaffirmed 2008, Replaces No. 231, February 2000)

ABSTRACT Pain management should be provided whenever medically indicated The American Society of Anesthesiologists ASA and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists ACOG believe that women requesting epidural analgesia during labor should not be deprived of this service based on thei...

July 2004

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Placenta Accreta

Number 529

Reaffirmed 2014

ABSTRACT Placenta accreta is a potentially lifethreatening obstetric condition that requires a multidisciplinary approach to management The incidence of placenta accreta has increased and seems to parallel the increasing cesarean delivery rate Women at greatest risk of placenta accreta are those w...

July 2012

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Planned Home Birth

Number 476

Reaffirmed 2015

ABSTRACT Although the Committee on Obstetric Practice believes that hospitals and birthing centers are the safest setting for birth it respects the right of a woman to make a medically informed decision about delivery Women inquiring about planned home birth should be informed of its risks and ben...

February 2011

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Preparing for Clinical Emergencies in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Number 590

(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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Prevention of Early-Onset Group B Streptococcal Disease in Newborns

Number 485

(Replaces No. 279, December 2002, Reaffirmed 2015)

ABSTRACT In 2010 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidelines for the prevention of perinatal group B streptococcal disease Although universal screening at 3537 weeks of gestation and intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis continue to be the basis of the prevention strategy th...

April 2011

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Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women and Adolescent Females

Number 535

ABSTRACT Increasing numbers of women and adolescent females are incarcerated each year in the United States and they represent an increasing proportion of inmates in the US correctional system Incarcerated women and adolescent females often come from disadvantaged environments and have high rates ...

August 2012

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Scheduled Cesarean Delivery and the Prevention of Vertical Transmission of HIV Infection

Number 234

(Reaffirmed 2010, Replaces No. 219, August 1999)

Prevention of transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus HIV from mother to fetus or newborn vertical transmission is a major goal in the care of pregnant women infected with HIV An important advance in this regard was the demonstration that treatment of the mother with zidovudine ZDV during...

May 2000

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Solutions for Surgical Preparation of the Vagina

Number 571

ABSTRACT Currently only povidoneiodine preparations are approved for vaginal surgicalsite antisepsis However there are compelling reasons to consider chlorhexidine gluconate solutions for offlabel use in surgical preparation of the vagina especially in women with allergies to iodine Although chlor...

September 2013

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Statement on Surgical Assistants

Number 240

(Reaffirmed 2013, Replaces No. 145, November 1994)

Competent surgical assistants should be available for all major obstetric and gynecologic operations In many cases the complexity of the surgery or the patients condition will require the assistance of one or more physicians to provide safe quality care Often the complexity of a given surgical pro...

August 2000

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The Apgar Score

Number 333

(Reaffirmed 2010, Replaces No. 174, July 1996)

ABSTRACT The Apgar score provides a convenient shorthand for reporting the status of the newborn infant and the response to resuscitation The Apgar score has been used inappropriately to predict specific neurologic outcome in the term infant There are no consistent data on the significance of the ...

May 2006

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The Obstetric-Gynecologic Hospitalist

Number 459

(Reaffirmed 2012)

ABSTRACT The work models for the obstetricgynecologic hospitalist and the obstetric laborist are gaining popularity and momentum in hospitals across the nation These models could be timely solutions to the challenging demands of the general practice of obstetrics and gynecology The American Colleg...

July 2010

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Timing of Umbilical Cord Clamping After Birth

Number 543

(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

Number 205

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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