ACOG in the News: Pregnant Women More Likely To Be Victims Of Assault-Related Trauma, LARC Use Up in Postpartum Women, and Must-Do Health Care Checklist

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.


The Tennessean How a Tennessee OB-GYN turned into an addiction specialist for pregnant women

Under the Drug Addiction Treatment Act of 2000, qualified doctors can obtain special waivers allowing them to dispense buprenorphine drugs that provide an alternative to opioids.

Large, urban OB-GYN practices increasingly have designated staff members who have received those waivers, though its uncommon for all OB-GYNs in a big practice to get the required training, said Dr. Mishka Terplan, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University who is certified in both obstetrics and addiction medicine. He is also a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' work group on opioid addiction.

"The big picture is that we can only move forward if addiction assessment and treatment is integrated into the rest of healthcare," including obstetrics and gynecology, Terplan said.


Medscape Prenatal Care Curbs Maternal Death, Vital in Health Reform

There are many reasons maternal mortality rates are so high, beyond prenatal care, said Lisa Hollier, MD, who is president-elect of the ACOG and chair of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force.

"One of the things we did in Texas was identify women who had a death within a year of the end of their pregnancy, and we looked back and compared them with women who survived," she told Medscape Medical News.


NPR Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

One big hurdle: training. Another: money. Smaller providers, in particular, may not see the point. "It's very hard to get a hospital to provide resources to change something that they don't see as a problem," ACOG's Barbara Levy said. "If they haven't had a maternal death because they only deliver 500 babies a year, how many years is it going to be before they see a severe problem? It may be 10 years."

Romper Pregnant Women Are More Likely To Be Victims Of Assault-Related Trauma, New Study Finds

New research is now suggesting that the dangers for pregnant women who are victims of trauma may be even higher than once believed. University of Pennsylvania researchers recently found that pregnant women are at greater risk for assault-related trauma—and to die from their injuries—than women who aren’t pregnant.

Introduced at the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists' (ACOG) Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego last week, the study compared the risk of assault-related traumatic injury to accident-related injury in more than 45,000 women admitted to Pennsylvania trauma centers over a decade.

MedPageToday LARC Use Up in Postpartum Women

In a large, retrospective study, the rate of intrauterine device or contraceptive implant insertion increased from 1.86 per 10,000 deliveries in 2008-2009 to 13.5 per 10,000 deliveries in 2012-2013, reported Michelle Moniz, MD, of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and colleagues.

However, the number of women receiving LARC remained less than 2% of the overall rate of sterilization. Overall, about 18,000 women received LARC, while 1.6 million received sterilization, they said in a presentation at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) annual meeting.

Ob.Gyn News More than one-third of genetic tests misordered, study finds

“We know there is an ever-expanding number of genetic tests available for clinicians to order, and there is more direct marketing to the patient,” Kathleen Ruzzo, MD, the lead study author, said in an interview prior to the annual clinical and scientific meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “It can be difficult to stay on top of that as we have so many different clinical responsibilities.”


The San Diego Union-Tribune Zika cases expected to rise in San Diego and U.S. with new screening standards

Taken together, this expansion of Zika screening criteria can be expected to result in more confirmed cases starting this summer, said Dr. Patrick Ramsey, a director at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.

“Because we’re expanding testing to more people than we would have tested last year, the numbers are going to climb dramatically,” Ramsey said during a news briefing about Zika at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which ended Tuesday in San Diego.


MedPageToday ACOG: Screen for the 'Female Athlete Triad

Ob/gyns should screen student athletes for the "female athlete triad," which includes low energy with or without disordered eating, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone density, said the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Consumer Reports Must-Do Healthcare Checklist for Women of Every Age

“The things we put into our bodies do impact our long-term health, and they do impact what we look and feel like, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years down the road,”  says Barbara Levy, M.D., vice president for health policy with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


Seventeen Are My Labia Normal?

The labia are some of the most visible parts of your vulva, but they're still shrouded in mystery and pubic hair. To clear up a few things about your own anatomy, we spoke with Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president of health policy with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, to shed some much needed light on a key part of your vulvar landscape.


The Washington Post Does an HHS appointee believe abortion increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer? 

The report concluded that neither induced abortions nor miscarriages (also called “spontaneous abortions”) are associated with breast cancer risk. Subsequent reviews by the American Congress of Gynecologists and Obstetricians, American Cancer Society and other medical organizations affirmed this conclusion.


The Washington Post There is no risk-free level of alcohol use during pregnancy

Authored by ACOG President Haywood Brown, MD.

By writing that studies are “ambiguous” in “Five myths about pregnancy” [Outlook, May 14], Amy Tuteur framed the issue of a safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy as an ongoing debate between opposing sides, each with scientific validity. In fact, the science is settled: There is no amount of risk-free alcohol use during pregnancy. This is the position of every scientific and public-health institute and medical and behavioral health association in the United States, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


The New York Times White House Acts to Roll Back Birth-Control Mandate for Religious Employers

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly supports the mandate. “Access to contraception is a medical necessity for women during approximately 30 years of their lives,” the group said.


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