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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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The Apgar Score

Number 644

(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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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