Vol 66 No 9

September 2021

Protocols for High-Risk Pregnancies, 7th Edition: Protocol 21, Obesity

September 13, 2021

In this protocol, Ramsey reviews the health implications of obesity for mother and fetus. The incidence of obesity in the United States has increased dramatically. Of pregnant women in the country, more than half are overweight or obese and 8% or more are extremely obese. As the author notes, excessive gestational weight gain, particularly in women who are already overweight or obese, increases risk of maternal complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and operative deliveries and neonatal outcomes such as macrosomia and stillbirth.

Certain incentives may help those with OUD prevent unintended pregnancy

September 10, 2021

Among women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at high risk for unintended pregnancy, on-site contraceptive services coupled with financial incentives to attend follow-up visits to assess contraceptive satisfaction was a significantly more effective and cost-beneficial intervention than without incentives or with usual care, according to a prospective randomized clinical trial in JAMA Psychiatry.

Use of women's preventive health services during COVID-19

July 22, 2021

All categories of women’s preventive health services that required an in-person visit plummeted during the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in comparison to 2019, but then rebounded to near 2019 levels by July 2020.