- Practice Advisory on Codeine and Tramadol for Breastfeeding Women
On April 20, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication and announced revisions to the labels of all prescription medicines containing codeine and tramadol. Among the label changes is a strengthened warning that breastfeeding is not recommended while using medicines containing codeine or tramadol, because of the potential for serious adverse effects in the infant due to opioid overdose (1).
- ACOG Statement on USPSTF Final Recommendations on Screening for Preeclampsia
"Hypertensive disorders affect five to 10 percent of pregnancies in the United States and can lead to a number of complications, including preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality, and long-term risk of maternal cardiovascular disease. ACOG, the leading organization representing the nation’s obstetrician-gynecologists, has always recognized the serious implications of preeclampsia and has convened its own Hypertension in Pregnancy Task Force in the past and issued a report."
- ACOG Joins the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program
ACOG became an ABMS MSPP Sponsor Organization in October 2016 and the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) Program is the only ACOG MSPP Program QI Effort being offered to date.
- CDC Course: Applying Best Practices for Reporting Medical and Health Information on Birth Certificates
This course from the CDC is designed to increase your knowledge of the importance of and best practices for reporting birth certificate and report of fetal death information.
- ACOG Committee on Nominations Selects Slate of National Officer Nominees for May 2017-2018
The three nominees will appear on the slate and be voted on at the Annual Business Meeting on May 5, 2017, during the Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting in San Diego, CA.
- ACOG Congratulates Dr. Diana Bianchi, New NICHD Director
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) congratulates Dr. Diana Bianchi on her new role as the director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
- In Memory of Dr. Julian (Bill) Parer, MD, FACOG
Dr. Julian (Bill) Parer, 81, died on August 4, 2016, while hiking with his dog James on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. Dr. Parer was a perinatologist on the faculty at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) for the past 42 years, where he trained many residents and Fellows.
- Statement by ACOG President Thomas Gellhaus, MD on Elimination of Title X Funding
It’s hard to imagine that Congress is actually considering passing legislation that would eliminate funding for family planning services when we’re looking directly at the Zika virus crisis. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), representing more than 57,000 physicians and partners in women’s health, urges the House to change course on its FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill, and restore funding for Title X family planning services. As others have said, we may not yet know how to cure Zika, but we know how to prevent pregnancies, and that’s through contraception. Contraception is, in fact, our best weapon to keep moms and babies safe. This bill completely misses the mark.
- Practice Advisory: Screening Pelvic Examination
On March 7, 2017, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) released a final recommendation statement and evidence summary on screening for gynecologic conditions with pelvic examination in women without any signs or symptoms. The Task Force’s recommendation is an "I" statement; that is, it concluded there is not enough evidence to determine the benefits or harms of performing screening pelvic exams (external inspection, internal speculum examination, bimanual examination, and rectovaginal examination) in asymptomatic, non-pregnant adult women. This is not a recommendation against performing a routine pelvic examination, but an acknowledgement that more research is needed.
- Text4Baby Reaches 1 Million Moms
Text4baby—the largest mobile health initiative in the nation—uses the power of cell phone technology to share essential information, tips, and reminders with expectant women and new mothers, and their partners or loved ones.
- AMA President Addresses the Nation's Opioids Epidemic
AMA President Steven J. Sack addresses the nation's opioids epidemic in an open letter.
- CDC Releases Vital Signs Report on Zika Highlighting Need for All Pregnant Women to be Screened at Each Prenatal Visit
From January 15 through December 27, 2016, a total of 1,297 pregnancies with possible recent Zika virus infection were reported to the USZPR from 44 states ( Figure 1), including 972 completed pregnancies with reported outcomes (895 liveborn infants and 77 pregnancy losses). Among the completed pregnancies, 599 (62%) pregnant women were asymptomatic, 348 (36%) were symptomatic, and 25 (3%) had missing symptom information.
- Register for the Maternal-Fetal Cross Talk: Harmony vs. Conflict (T2)
Register for the Maternal-Fetal Cross Talk: Harmony vs. Conflict, part of Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, October 4-8, 2017 in Washington, DC.
- Ob-Gyns Tell Congress: Don’t Turn Back the Clock on Women’s Health
Six hundred ob-gyns are in Washington, D.C., today to meet with their members of Congress and deliver a firm message: Don’t turn back the clock on women’s health.
Members of The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the nation’s largest professional membership organization for women’s health care physicians, are urging a NO vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
- ACOG Letter to Dr. Price, Secretary-in-Nomination of the US Department of Health and Human Services
Your nomination to be Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services presents you with the opportunity for enormous authority over our Nation’s health care system. Physicians have a unique and critical viewpoint on the delivery of quality healthcare and we appreciate that you will bring a medical perspective to this position.