ACOG in the News: More US Women Are Dying in Childbirth, the Threat to Birth-Control Access in the Trump Era, and How Medicaid Expansion Could Help Texas Mothers

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 Philadelphia Inquirer More U.S. women are dying in childbirth. What can be done?

“Every year, up to 300,000 pregnant or postpartum women develop a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, with about 75,000 of them suffering organ failure, massive blood loss, permanent disability, premature birth, or death,” declares the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The group advocates federal legislation that would help fund state-based committees dedicated to reviewing and reducing maternal deaths.

 

STAT News After her own complicated delivery, lawmaker aims to address Texas’s alarming maternal death rate

There are some suspected contributors to this worrying trend, said Dr. Lisa Hollier, president-elect of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and chair of the Texas task force. “Women are having babies at later ages. Along with that, we’re seeing an increase in high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease among women.”

 

MedPage Today Worries over Budget Cuts for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called the cuts "a step backward for ensuring healthy moms and healthy babies," adding, "This program, and others, provide vital research and programming that successfully brought our nation to an all-time low rate of teen pregnancies -- progress we cannot afford to jeopardize."

 

MedPage Today Abstinence-Only Programs Don't Do It for Kids' Sex Ed

The report stated that several groups, including the AAP, SAHM, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), "oppose abstinence-only education and endorse comprehensive sexuality education." ACOG also released its own Committee Opinion in October 2016, emphasizing the importance of ob/gyns in providing medically accurate and evidence-based "comprehensive sexuality education." However, they also noted that one study of four select abstinence-only programs found no increase in the incidence of adolescent pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, or the rate of adolescent sexual activity compared with students in a control group.

 

Forbes Mothers' Flu Vaccination In Pregnancy Protects Newborns, Even The Second Time Around

Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all women receive the inactivated quadrivalent (four-strain) flu vaccine during pregnancy. The vaccine not only reduces the mother’s risk of getting influenza, but the mother’s antibodies are transferred to the fetus during pregnancy so that the newborn has some protection against the flu during their first several months of life.

 

The New Yorker The Threat to Birth-Control Access in the Trump Era 

Opponents of the move say that there is room for misuse, such as not taking the pill at the same time every day, missing days, or taking the pills out of sequence, but, a few years ago, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found that birth-control pills were safe enough to be sold over the counter.

 

NPR Shots Flattening the Mummy Tummy with 1 Exercise 10 minutes a Day   

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommends abdominal exercises for the perinatal period. But the organization's guidelines don't provide details—such as which exercises work best or how often women should do them and for how long. Plus, ACOG focuses more on preventing diastasis than on fixing the problem; it recommends strengthening the abdomen before and during pregnancy.

 

Reuters Ways to provide better care to middle-aged lesbians

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that providers don't assume that patients are heterosexual and that they ask patients about marital and partnership status, sexual activity (or lack of it), and potential sexual interest in men, women, or both.

 

The Huffington Post Texas Governor Signs Bill Banning Insurance Coverage For Abortion 

The law also turns on the notion that abortion is not a legal medical procedure. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists―the leading professional organization for OB-GYNs in this country―is clear on this issue, stating unequivocally that abortion is a necessary part of comprehensive women’s health care. And the very purpose of health insurance is to help cover unexpected medical costs.

 

The Houston Chronicle How Medicaid expansion could help Texas mothers

And in 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) produced a committee opinion that increasing access to healthcare for women through Medicaid expansion would allow for better continuity of care, decrease complication rates from pregnancies and enable women to seek appropriate medical help when needed.

 

Stateline Cities Enlist ‘Doulas’ to Reduce Infant Mortality

“Continuous one-to-one emotional support provided by support personnel, such as a doula, is associated with improved outcomes for women in labor,” according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which cites other benefits such as shortened labor, less need for pain medication and fewer operative deliveries.

 

SELF magazine There's No Evidence That Sex Induces Labor, but That Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Try

As the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explains, prostaglandins may also be used specifically to ripen the cervix at the hospital.

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