ACOG in the News: Black Women in the US More Likely to Die During or After Childbirth, and Is One Drink Okay for Pregnant Women?

 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.


Essence magazine A Matter Of Life  & Death: Why Are Black Women In The U.S. More Likely To Die During Or After Childbirth?

 "I don't want to sound an alarm that every Black woman who gets pregnant should be like, "Oh, my God, I'm going to die." Because that isn't the case," says Haywood L. Brown, M.D., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "We just want people to know that "I might be at a little higher risk because I'm a woman of color, regardless of what side of the track I'm on."

WJLA-TV (ABC affiliate) Study raises questions about flu shots during pregnancy

“We certainly want to montior the safety of vaccines. But it clearly needs more research before any significant changes in clinical practice should be recommended,” said ACOG Vice President for Practice Dr. Christopher M. Zahn. “The risk of serious illness – the risk of death – from flu fortunately is not very common, but it does occur. And it's completely avoidable with the vaccine.”


China Global Television Network Why the US has such a high maternal mortality rate

CGTN's Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Dr. Barbara Levy, Vice President for Health Policy at the Advocacy Division of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


NPR Pregnant Women Should Still Get The Flu Vaccine, Doctors Advise

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees. After the new study was published, the organization released a statement reminding women and physicians that the flu vaccine is an "essential element of prenatal care," noting that when administered during pregnancy, it protects both women and newborn babies. That protection is particularly important for newborns, since the flu vaccine is not approved for infants younger than six months.

"These results are something we need to pay attention to and follow up on, but the overwhelming data supports the importance of vaccination," says Dr. Christopher Zahn, ACOG's vice president of practice activities.


The Atlantic Doctors: No

Coalitions of health professionals that have spoken publicly against the measure so far include the American Medical Association. This is in addition to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and many others.


Today Show In wake of new study, should pregnant women get flu shots?

A new study indicating a possible association between flu shots and increased risk of miscarriage has many wondering whether pregnant women should get flu shots. NBC News medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar joins TODAY to address concerns.


The Associated Press Group: Order could lead to threats against health workers

An executive order signed last month by South Carolina's governor creating a public list of doctors and medical practices affiliated with abortion providers is "an invitation for intimidation, threats, and even violence" against health care workers, according to a group that lobbies on reproductive health issues.

The South Carolina chapter of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists expressed its concern to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster in a letter that The Associated Press obtained on Friday.


Ob.Gyn. News ACOG urges standardization of postpartum hemorrhage treatment

“Less invasive methods should always be used first,” Aaron Caughey, MD, PhD, one of the coauthors of the practice bulletin, said in a statement. “If those methods fail, then more aggressive interventions must be considered to preserve the life of the mother.”


NPR Is One Drink OK For Pregnant Women? Around The Globe, The Answer Is No

"I do get that question often," says David Garry, a maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Stony Brook University Hospital. And, he says his answer is clear. "There is no safe level of alcohol use during pregnancy," Garry explains, citing guidance from the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

Broadly The Man Behind the Pill Decided Women 'Need' to Have Periods—But They Don't

Today, the science is more settled, though there hasn't been a long-term study on the continuous use of oral contraceptives yet. But based on data from the long-term use of non-extended cycle birth control pills, which are chemically the same as extended cycle contraceptives, gynecologists have largely reached the conclusion that the practice is safe.

"At this point, I can't think of any OB/GYNs that would have a problem with [extended cycle oral contraception]," says Dr. Lauren Naliboff, a fellow at the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.


NPR Kentucky Could Become The Only State Without A Clinic That Performs Abortions

It's an issue that is likely to continue to come up as states pass legislation known as TRAP laws, for "targeted regulation of abortion providers." The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists weighed in on the issue in a 2014 Committee Opinion, writing that rules passed in some states "under the guise of promoting patient safety, single out abortion from other outpatient procedures and impose medically unnecessary requirements designed to reduce access to abortion."


Modern Healthcare Rural hospitals cut back on maternity care as financial pressure grows

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, women living in more rural areas have higher rates of hospitalizations due to complications from their pregnancy compared with women in urban areas.

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