ACOG in the News: CMV a Concern Due to Lack of Research, Why Pregnancy Can Turn Deadly, and Creating a Welcoming Environment for Trans Teens

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.

Medscape CMV Remains a Concern Because of Lack of Research

“At the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), our aim is to incorporate the highest-quality evidence in all of our recommendations; however, in the absence of high-quality data, lower-quality research may be considered, often with support from expert opinion.” – authored by Drs. Chris Zahn and Brenna Hughes.


Buzzfeed New Abortion Pamphlet In Texas Pushes False Health Risks, Experts Warn

“’My concern is presenting information we know to be scientifically inaccurate,” Lisa Hollier, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Texas Children’s Hospital, told BuzzFeed News. “That is in direct conflict with my practice as a physician of presenting accurate, unbiased information to my patients.’”


The Wall Street Journal The Quest to Untangle Why Pregnancy Can Turn Deadly

Accreta, which can be fatal, affects between 0.2% and 0.37% of pregnancies, according to several estimates. The condition used to be much more rare. But previous caesarean delivery raises a woman’s risk for developing the disorder, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and cesareans are on the rise.


Prevention 3 Things Your Pubic Hair Says About You

Ovarian or adrenal gland tumors that secrete testosterone could be causing excess hair growth, according to Cheryl Iglesia, MD, chair of patient education at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Medscape Maternal Mortality Increase Explained by Coding Changes?

“The maternal mortality rate in the United States has climbed—or appeared to have climbed—during the last decade to such an extent that by 2013, it surpassed the rates in Iran, Kazakhstan, Libya, Uruguay, and other countries. Although researchers have proposed chronic disease, including obesity, and increased rates of cesarean delivery as potential contributors to the increase, the true explanation may lay in surveillance improvements and changes in coding of maternal deaths, according to a study  published online December 2 and in the January 2017 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.”


Kaiser Health News In Battle Against Ovarian Cancer, A New Focus on Fallopian Tubes

In 2015, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that surgeons discuss the potential cancer prevention benefits of the procedure with their patients.


The Associated Press U.S. Women Increasingly Use Pot During Pregnancy, Study Finds

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages marijuana use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.


The Associated Press Don't cut the cord too fast; a pause benefits most newborns

“Cutting the cord is a memorable moment in the delivery room, and Wednesday's advice from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists won't interfere if dads want to help.

An extra half minute may not seem like much, but a lot of oxygen-rich blood reaches the baby through the umbilical cord shortly after birth, said Dr. Maria Mascola of ACOG's Committee on Obstetric Practice.”


Reuters ObGyns urge colleagues to create welcoming environments for trans teens

Obstetricians and gynecologists should create welcoming environments in their offices for transgender adolescents and should know how to care for those patients, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Obstetricians and gynecologists need to address the gynecological needs of transgender patients in a sensitive manner, said [Veronica] Gomez-Lobo, who was a co-author of an ACOG committee statement published December 21 in Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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