ACOG in the News: Wait to Cut the Umbilical Cord, Jury Still Out on Pelvic Exams, and What the GOP Bill Could Mean for 'Essential Health Benefits'

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for consumers and the media. The organization’s Office of Communications regularly receives media inquiries from newspapers, magazines, websites, radio, and TV broadcast outlets. In many cases, ACOG officers and members talk with the media, working with the Office of Communications. Here are several recent articles that prominently featured ACOG guidance and experts. We’ve included excerpts and links to the original articles.

 

Buzzfeed States Are Requiring Doctors To Tell Women About An Unproven Procedure Called “Abortion Reversal”

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, however, has flatly denounced the abortion reversal procedure, saying that it is “not supported by the body of scientific evidence.” They argued that the 2012 study itself was severely flawed: The women received varying doses of the progesterone, and there was no control group to show that the regimen was any more effective than taking mifepristone without the second dose on its own, which they explained leads to a continued pregnancy in 30 to 50% of women.

 

MedPage Today Ob/Gyn Says Trump May Roll Back Gains in Women's Health

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is on record opposing any moves to limit women's reproductive health coverage. ACOG condemned the House vote on Title X coverage, and was a signee to a letter from several organized medicine groups to the President about potential changes to the ACA.

 

CNN.com Wait to Cut Umbilical Cord, Experts Urge

Now, more health organizations are beginning to recommend delayed cord clamping. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has become one of the latest to advise medical professionals to wait at least 30 to 60 seconds before clamping and cutting.

 

MedPage Today USPSTF: Jury Still Out on Pelvic Exams for Most Gynecologic Conditions

Simultaneously with the USPSTF statement, ACOG released its own practice advisory emphasizing that it does not mean that a pelvic examination should never be performed or that a woman should forgo seeing her ob/gyn at least once a year for well-woman care.

"It is critically important for obstetrician-gynecologists to elicit accurate and complete medical, surgical, and family histories and to conduct thorough reviews of systems as part of the well-woman visit," wrote ACOG in their practice advisory. "Some women may not recognize that certain signs or symptoms are truly abnormal."

 

NPR Are Routine Pelvic Exams A Must? Evidence Is Lacking, Task Force Says

And while ACOG still recommends yearly pelvic exams for all women 21 and older, in a statement issued on Tuesday, the medical society says it plans to evaluate whether it needs to update its guidance on routine pelvic exams.

 

NPR Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills Would Be Safe For Teens, Researchers Say

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued multiple statements in the past year stressing that, while the group still supports making oral contraception available without a prescription to teens as well as adults, such a change is not enough on its own for making birth control available to everyone who needs it.

"Over-the-counter contraception is not an acceptable substitute for the ACA contraceptive coverage mandate," the group wrote in a statement issued in February.

 

Rolling Stone How Politicians Force Doctors to Lie to Women

Doctors are fighting back against this taxpayer-funded coordination by politicians. Professional medical organizations like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the National Physicians Alliance have been pushing back on legislative interference, publishing statements when such laws are introduced. These days, it is not unusual to see physicians in white coats walking the halls of state capitol buildings, visiting lawmakers in their offices to ask them to stay out of their exam rooms.

 

The Washington Post In new report, doctors urge more exercise for pregnant women

The JAMA report largely reflects the findings of a December 2015 “Committee Opinion” from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. That Opinion stated that “regular physical activity during pregnancy improves or maintains physical fitness, helps with weight management, reduces the risk of gestational diabetes in obese women, and enhances psychologic well-being.” It added that “there is no credible evidence to prescribe bed rest in pregnancy,” and observed that women can continue exercising after childbirth to improve their own cardiovascular fitness.

 

NBC News MSNBC Live with Kate Snow

Dr. Hal Lawrence interviewed

"We want to make sure that women have maternity care coverage. That has been a hallmark of the ACA and very, very important. And if you take that away the risk for pregnancies will go up. We'll see people without care. We'll see higher instances of preterm birth."

 

USA Today What the GOP bill could mean for 'essential health benefits'

Hal Lawrence, a physician who is CEO of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, is also far from satisfied with the late night change.

“We support maternity coverage for all women in all insurance plans, regardless of who a woman works for or where she lives," says Lawrence. "This fund is not a solution and does not, in any way, mitigate the assault on women's health by returning maternity coverage to the vagaries of state politics."

"Instead of continuing to make a bad bill worse," Lawrence says Congress should start over again to come up a bill that improves health and reduces costs.

 

Newsweek Planned Parenthood: Female Lawmakers who vote for health care bill 'betraying women'

However, Hal Lawrence, executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said during Thursday's call: “Our lawmakers will argue that Planned Parenthood patients can seek health care elsewhere. We know that that’s simply not true.” For instance, said Lawrence, many primary health care providers are unable or unwilling to provide preventative health care services like IUDs.

 

 

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