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  • April 21, 2014

    New Guidelines Address Screening Prevention of HIV in Women

    Washington, DC -- Reflecting a growing emphasis on the importance of preventive care for women, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) today released two Committee Opinions on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in women: One lowering the recommended age for HIV screening and one addressing prevention of HIV transmission through use of prophylaxis. Because ob-gyns often provide primary and preventive care to their patients, they are ideally suited to play an important role in promoting HIV screening and prevention for women. Notably, the College released the new recommendations during the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s STD Awareness Month.

  • April 21, 2014

    Ob-Gyns Find No Connection Between Labor Induction and Autism

    Washington, DC  – Current evidence does not support a conclusion that labor induction or augmentation causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in newborns, according to a new Committee Opinion released by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College). While some studies have suggested an association between autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and the use of oxytocin for labor induction or augmentation, available evidence is inconsistent and does not demonstrate causation, according to the Opinion, which also found important limitations in study design and conflicting findings in existing research.

  • March 26, 2014

    Ob-Gyns and Pediatricians Issue New Task Force Report on Neonatal Encephalopathy

    Washington, DC -- Identifying the root causes of brain injury in newborns may help patient safety efforts to prevent cerebral palsy and other neurologic problems in infants, according to a joint Task Force Report on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurologic Outcome by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

  • March 20, 2014

    Ob-Gyns Weigh In: Laboring in Water is OK, Delivering in Water has No Proven Benefit

    Washington, DC -- Undergoing the early stages of labor in a birthing pool may offer some advantages to pregnant women. However, underwater delivery has no proven benefit to women or babies and may even pose a risk of serious health problems for the newborn. These recommendations on laboring and delivering in water were released today by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the College) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in a joint Committee Opinion.

  • March 3, 2014

    ACOG Statement In Support of the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act of 2014

    Washington, DC – The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) applauds today’s introduction of the Saving Lives, Saving Costs Act of 2014 (H.R. 4106).

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