ACOG in the News: How Zika Affects Mothers With HIV, New Moms Say Starbucks' Pink Drink Boosts Their Breast Milk Supplies, and Be Cautious of Birth Control Apps

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.


New York Times If Americans Love Moms, Why Do We Let Them Die?

I spent a day in Houston shadowing Dr. Lisa Hollier, the president-elect of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in her Center for Children and Women. Dr. Hollier is on a mission to make motherhood safer, because of an experience she had as a young medical resident many years ago. 

My day with Dr. Hollier underscored that there’s one very simple and inexpensive starting point: Help women and girls avoid pregnancies they don’t want. “You can’t die from a pregnancy when you’re not pregnant,” Dr. Hollier noted.


Broadly Women Suspected of Using Drugs While Pregnant Can Be Jailed to Keep Fetus Safe

Dr. Kathy Hartke, chair of the Wisconsin section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), told Broadly that the organization is "extremely disappointed" in the Supreme Court ruling. "Many more women will now be subjected to punitive responses, contrary to public health recommendations," Hartke said. "Not only is the law vague and misinterpreted, it acts as a deterrent for women to seek prenatal care, which is dangerous to both maternal and fetal health."


Modern Healthcare Researchers want to know how Zika affects mothers with HIV

Dr. Christopher Zahn, vice president of Practice Activities for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said there's little guidance for physicians regarding the overlap between these two viruses.

"So, while both Zika and HIV in pregnancy affects a relatively small population of women, this study will add to a body of research that will ultimately help us successfully combat this epidemic." 

The Louisville Courier-Journal New U of L app can help identify postpartum depression

Nathaniel DeNicola, a practicing OBGYN and vice chair of the Telehealth Taskforce for the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said that although some of the questions in the survey are not typical questions a clinician is trained to ask, the app is worth engaging in as the purpose is to build a stronger connection between health care providers and patients that’s accessible.

“There’s some level of discretion that I think some women really value, and it could help people talk about something that they maybe otherwise wouldn’t,” DeNicola said.


Medpage Today Senate Parliamentarian's Ruling Complicates Health Bill Vote

The American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) praised the ruling. "The Senate parliamentarian has confirmed what we already know, that denying Planned Parenthood health clinics the ability to provide Medicaid primary and preventive care is purely politically motivated," ACOG president Haywood Brown, MD, said in a statement. "Rather than doing what's best for women's health, the Senate bill would leave millions of women without access to the care they need."

The Associated Press
Trump Administration Cuts Short Anti-Teen Pregnancy Grants

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists urged the administration "not to turn back the clock" on progress.

"It's as though the evidence and the facts don't matter," ACOG President Dr. Haywood Brown said.


STAT News These cities are on the front lines of a women’s health crisis

Nearly half of all U.S. counties already lack a practicing OB-GYN. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists projects a shortage of up to 8,800 OB-GYNs by 2020. And Pew Trusts predicts the nation could be 22,000 practitioners short in the decades that follow.


U.S. News & World Report Hospitals, Doctors Decry Senate Move Toward Obamacare Repeal

Dr. Haywood Brown, president of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, issued this statement: "The U.S. Senate is playing a very dangerous game with the health care of millions of Americans," setting the nation on a path that "endangers our patients, and cripples the health care delivery system."

"The Senate has lost sight of the goal of health reform," he said, "guaranteeing patients continued and improved access to safe, affordable, quality care."


Cosmopolitan magazine New Moms Say Starbucks's Pink Drink Boosts Their Breast Milk Supplies, Big Time

The same goes for calories: The American College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (ACOG) recommends that nursing mothers consume up to 500 extra calories a day on top of their regular food intake. 

Live Science Be Cautious of Birth Control Apps, Experts Say

At present, health and medicine apps are largely unregulated in the United States, said DeNicola, who is the vice chair of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' task force on telehealth. That means that the safety and efficacy of health apps are often "buyer beware."

"We should be using this new technology," DeNicola said, "but using it carefully."

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