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Nation's OB-GYN Shortage Is Only Getting Worse

Half of US counties don't have one

(Newser) - Women planning to get pregnant will want to take note. Half of US counties are currently without an OB-GYN, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which finds that women in Arizona, Washington, Utah, and Idaho are at the greatest risk of an OB-GYN shortage, reports Glamour . Those... More »

Offspring Drummer Turned Ob-Gyn Saves Juror at Own Trial

'Have you ever' heard something so unexpected?

(Newser) - A former drummer for The Offspring (who apparently has a bad habit of saving people) now has time to relax because it'll be a long time before his medical malpractice trial after he prevented a potential juror in cardiac arrest from reaching the end of the line, Law360 reports.... More »

Doctor Has 2nd Baby Right After Delivering a Patient's

Amanda Hess decided to respond to an emergency in the room next to hers

(Newser) - It's not every day that a woman preparing to give birth to her own child stops to deliver another woman's baby. But Dr. Amanda Hess, an obstetrician in Kentucky, found herself doing just that when she was about to have her second child and heard an emergency unfolding... More »

Doctor Harmed Newborn, and It Cost Taxpayers $33M

Dr. Ata Atogho was a federal medical employee

(Newser) - Marla Dixon was a 19-year-old mother-to-be who had gotten her prenatal care from the federally funded Jessie Trice Community Health Center in Miami. Nurses and midwives met with her along the way, and before giving birth to son Earl Reese-Thornton Jr. on Dec. 2, 2013, things had been progressing well.... More »

Surgeon Successfully Operates on Doctor Who Delivered Him

Robert Kincade replaced retired obstetrician's aortic valve

(Newser) - Almost half a century ago, a Sacramento obstetrician named Jim Affleck delivered an infant named Robert. Now that baby has grown into a doctor himself, and he recently performed a successful heart surgery on Affleck, ABC News reports. Dr. Robert Kincade, 45, replaced Affleck's aortic valve, and now the... More »

Alarming Find: Opioid Use During Pregnancy on Rise

Prescriptions for strong painkillers surge despite unknown risks

(Newser) - The risks of taking opioid painkillers during pregnancy aren't fully understood but that hasn't stopped doctors prescribing them for large numbers of pregnant women, an alarming new study in Obstetrics and Gynecology finds. Some 23% of Medicaid-enrolled pregnant women were prescribed opioids like codeine and hydrocodone in 2007,... More »

Doctors 'Hold Birth Control Hostage'

Stephanie Mencimer: Pap smear guidelines are a scam

(Newser) - A doctor had Stephanie Mencimer "over a barrel," she writes in Mother Jones : "Come in for a pelvic exam, or I won't refill your birth control pills." Mencimer not only refused to take another Pap smear—and risk "the ensuing misery" of a false... More »

Abortion Bill Could Shutter Arizona OB-GYN Program

University of Arizona would lose accreditation

(Newser) - The Arizona State Senate is considering two bills that would further limit abortions, including one that could force the University of Arizona to shut down its obstetrics and gynecology program. HB 2384 includes a ban on using state funding or tuition money for abortion training at state universities and community... More »

Doc Who Aborted Wrong Fetus Loses License

Ob-gyn terminated healthy twin in first attempt at procedure

(Newser) - It sounds too awful to be true: A mom who had undergone in vitro fertilization learns that one of the twins she's carrying has congenital defects, and opts to abort it. Her doctor performs the procedure—but aborts the wrong fetus. So goes the case of Sarasota doctor Matthew Kachinas,... More »

Doctors Urged to Induce Labor Less Often

New guidelines warn of risky 'epidemic' in US hospitals

(Newser) - New guidelines out today urge US doctors not to induce labor earlier than 39 weeks into a pregnancy unless there are compelling medical reasons, the Houston Chronicle reports. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued its first statement on induced labor since 1999, with the lead author calling it... More »

C-Sections, Wary Docs Push Birth Costs Up

Report is critical of high-tech methods, urges natural ones

(Newser) - Spending on childbirth—the country's No. 1 reason for hospitalization—is on the rise, and much of it is due to unnecessary tests and procedures, USA Today reports. A new study critical of the system found that $2.5 billion is spent annually on needless high-tech C-sections, which cost more... More »

Senator Told It's Unethical to Deliver Babies

Ethics panel sees conflict in Coburn's pro-bono work

(Newser) - Sen.Tom Coburn, an obstetrician by profession, is a stubborn guy. Known around the cloakroom as Dr. No, he isn't about to let anyone tell him to stop delivering babies when he's at home in Oklahoma at recess. The Senate Ethics Committee insists it's a conflict of interest, even though... More »

Pro-Life Docs Need Not Perform Abortions: Board

Body clarifies ruling that had feds, physicians worried about certifications

(Newser) - Obstetrician/gynecologists who don’t want to deal with abortions don’t have to, the certifying board for their specialty said today, responding to Bush administration fears that the board was going to refuse to certify doctors who decline to perform them or refer patients to someone who does. The US... More »

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