In case you missed it: July 19 to July 23

It's been a busy week for the Contemporary OB/GYN® team.

This week's top articles included:

Risk of miscarriage with amniocentesis

Despite the inadvisability of performing early amniocentesis (EA) before 15 gestational weeks due to a high rate of miscarriage, a retrospective cohort study has found no significant difference in the procedure-related risk of miscarriage between EA, at around 14 weeks gestation, and mid-trimester amniocentesis (MA).

NIPT may not be as effective for twin pregnancies

Clinicians should carefully consider using noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for the screening of chromosomal abnormalities in twin pregnancies because the combined positive predictive value (PPV) is limited and the screening efficiency is not stable, according to a prospective study.

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

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.

Risk factors determine need for fetal echocardiogram in IVF pregnancies

In vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancies only need fetal echocardiogram monitoring if other risk factors are present, according to a recent study.

Neurodevelopment outcomes of extremely preterm births

As more extremely preterm infants survive delivery, a study examines whether the advances that allowed for that survival also improve neurodevelopmental outcomes.