ACOG in the News: C-section Risks, IUDs, Issues with Planned Parenthood Cuts, and Why Your Doctor Won't Friend You on Facebook

ACOG serves as an expert information source about women’s health for women 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.

US News & World Report Is Baby Fever Real?

While many women experience baby fever when their bodies are in their reproductive prime – ​or before age 32, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – there's no one biological or physiological process that's responsible for baby fever, says Dr. Shannon Clark​, an associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

"If you're in the right mindset, and in you're in the right space, and you're ready financially​ [and] emotionally, [and] your maturity level is there and you're around your friends' kids, you may have baby fever," she says. "It's a very subjective thing."

Huffington Post Women's Health System Unready For Planned Parenthood Cuts

"If Planned Parenthood tomorrow went away, there's a good number of patients just in my service area that no longer have a doctor or no longer have a place to go for OB/GYN services," said Mark DeFrancesco, a physician in Waterbury, Connecticut, who is president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and published an op-ed this month opposing efforts to end Planned Parenthood funding. "If they start calling my office, it's going to be, 'Well, we could take you but it might be two, three months down the road.' If they call other places, it might be, 'We can't even take you.'"

Philadelphia Inquirer Should Congress stop funding?

Opinion piece by ACOG President, Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD

I have been involved in women's health care for many years, and I recognize the value of Planned Parenthood clinics. Restricting access to funding will have a resounding, negative effect on women and on our communities.

Medical Daily C-Section Has Improved With Modern Medicine, But Women And Children Still Face Risks: 6 Things To Know

C-sections may be somewhat of a catch-22. They’re both recommended and advised against depending on individual circumstances, says Dr. Aaron B. Caughey, a professor and chair of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Oregon Health & Science University. Caughey is also a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

WebMD Get Your Body Back After Pregnancy

"We don't have the kind of lifestyle that would allow for that kind of quick loss -- and the sooner women recognize that, the better they will feel about themselves,” says Laura Riley, MD, a high-risk-pregnancy expert from Massachusetts General Hospital and spokeswoman for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Medscape What if Your Patients Don't Want to Take Their Clothes Off?

Maura Quinlan, MD, MPH, section chair of the Illinois chapter of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and academic director of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois, adds that reassuring patients about their physical appearance is important. "Some women going through the menopausal transition feel uncomfortable about their aging bodies. Teenagers often feel their genitalia to be 'flawed' or 'disgusting' and need education and reassurance."

Kaiser Health News Why Your Doctor Won’t Friend You on Facebook

If the physician or health care provider trusts the relationships enough … we didn’t feel like it was appropriate to really try to outlaw that,” said Nathaniel DeNicola, an ob-gyn and clinical associate at the University of Pennsylvania, who helped write the ACOG guidelines.

The Diane Rehm Show, National Public Radio The Changing Landscape of Prenatal Testing

The last few years have seen a revolution in prenatal testing technology. Bedside ultrasound machines mean doctors can offer the service at every visit, while a simple blood test can screen for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome or trisomy 18. These methods reveal more information earlier in the pregnancy than ever before. But deciding what test to get, and deciphering what the results actually mean, can be confusing for women—and even their doctors. This can result in unnecessary stress, costly follow-ups and, in worst case scenarios, a misunderstanding of the health of the fetus. We hear advice on how to navigate the rapidly changing world of prenatal testing.


  • Dr. Michael Greene chief of obstetrics, Massachusetts General Hospital; professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School.
  • Dr. Barbara Levy vice president for health policy, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
  • Lisa Freese certified genetic counselor for the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates

Huffington Post Why IUDs Are Having a Moment Right Now

America's medical groups are all about the IUD. On Tuesday, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strengthened its recommendations regarding the use of LARC methods, calling them "the most effective and safe forms of non-permanent contraception."

"We continually see more and more data to support and strengthen our recommendations," Dr. David Soper, chair of the College's Gynecologic Practice Committee, said in a statement. By way of example, ACOG cited the ongoing CHOICE Project, which gives women free access to various birth control methods and tracks their outcomes. LARC methods were 20 times more effective at preventing unintended pregnancy among study participants than the birth control pill, patch or ring.

Medscape ACOG Opinion on Pregnancy in Women With Genetic Conditions

A committee opinion from the Committee on Genetics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), advises obstetrician-gynecologists treating women who have single-gene conditions to consult with subspecialists before and during pregnancy and during the neonatal period. The opinion is published in the October issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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