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  • September 21, 2017

    ACOG Expands Recommendations to Treat Postpartum Hemorrhage

    While maternal mortality rates due to postpartum hemorrhage have decreased in the last four decades it still accounts for more than 10 percent of pregnancy-related deaths. Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive bleeding (1,000 mL or greater) within the first 24 hours after birth but can occur up to 12 weeks postpartum. While there can be several causes, uterine atony, or when the uterus fails to contract after delivery, accounts for 70-80 percent of cases and should usually be considered first. 

  • August 23, 2017

    Discussions and Counseling About Obesity Should Begin in Adolescence

    Adolescents affected by obesity face serious short-term and long-term physical and mental health complications that are often otherwise uncommon in their age group, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, non-fatty alcoholic fatty liver disease and breathing complications.

  • July 26, 2017

    Medication-assisted Treatment Remains the Recommended Therapy for Pregnant Women

    “Concern about medication-assisted treatment must be weighed against the negative effects of ongoing misuse of opioids, which can be much more detrimental to mom and baby,” said lead Committee Opinion author, Maria Mascola, M.D.

  • July 26, 2017

    Ob-Gyns Should Include Contraceptive Counseling in Every Visit with Adolescents

    By the 12th grade, more than half of young women report having had sex. In an effort to provide anticipatory guidance, discussions about contraception, sexually transmitted disease prevention, and other sexual health issues should begin before a girl has become sexually active, ideally during the first reproductive health visit between ages 13-15. However, regardless of a patient’s age or previous sexual activity, contraceptive counseling should be a routine part of every visit.

  • June 22, 2017

    ACOG Revises Breast Cancer Screening Guidance: Ob-Gyns Promote Shared Decision Making

    Today, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released its updated breast cancer screening guidance for average-risk women. ACOG’s revised guidelines continue to underscore the importance of screening mammography and its role in early detection of breast cancer and consequent reduction in mortality. Among the changes, however, is an emphasis on patient–provider shared decision making to help women make informed, individualized decisions about when to start screening, the frequency of screening and when to end screening. 

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