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Valerie French MemberReviewed by: Dr. Valerie French, MD, MAS, FACOG, University of Kansas
Last updated: July 30, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. ET


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Experts are learning more every day about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is following the situation closely. This page will be updated as ACOG learns more about how the spread of COVID-19 affects health care for women. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you can find more information at Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients.

Please note that while this is a page for patients, this page is not meant to give specific medical advice and is for informational reference only. Medical advice should be provided by your doctor or other health care professional.

Ob-gyns: Please refer to acog.org/covid19 for ACOG’s latest updates on COVID-19.

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Dr. French is an obstetrician–gynecologist who specializes in family planning. She serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Kansas in Kansas City. She is the former chair of the American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologist’s Patient Education Review Panel.


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