What's New In OB/GYN

For Black women, the isolation of infertility is compounded by barriers to treatment

Stat News | Usha Lee McFarling -- October 14, 2020


Like 12% of American women of reproductive age, Thompson Payton, now 32, has impaired fertility. Because infertility is something of a taboo topic in the Black community, and infertility services have long focused overwhelmingly on white women, Thompson Payton thought she was alone. She wasn’t.


Studies suggest that Black women may be twice as likely as white women to have fertility problems but are far less likely to seek or receive infertility treatment.

Pregnancy rates hit new lows for women 24 and younger, new highs for women 35 and older: study

The Hill | October 8, 2020

A study in 2016 reports the number of pregnant women aged 24 years and younger is decreasing while the number of pregnant women aged 35 and older are decreasing.

Fathers who actively parent infants may have lower risk for depression

Healio | October 7, 2020

Paternal self-efficacy in tasks like soothing or putting an infant to sleep was linked to a lower risk for depressive symptoms among fathers in the year after birth, according to study results published in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Reproductive Health Tied to CVD in Women

MedPage Today |  Amanda D'Ambrosio, October 7, 2020


Pregnancy complications and fertility issues that occur throughout the course of life may increase a woman's risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) later on in life, according to an umbrella review.

Overeating Potato Chips Might Be Harmful in Pregnancy

Drew Report News | Drew Simms -- August 2020


According to the Journal of Physiology, eating potato chips three times greater than the recommended rate might be damaging during pregnancy.


In Western societies, we are eating more omega 6 fats, especially linoleic acid, which are frequently present in foods such as potato chips and grease. Other research has revealed that linoleic acid can promote swelling and might be related to an increased danger of heart disease.

Ascension St. Joseph Hospital Opens Separate Emergency Department for Pregnant Women 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Guy Boulton -- September 25, 2020


This is very forward-thinking. Having an emergency room exclusively for pregnant women will save lives for both mothers and babies.


More than 300 pregnant women seek care at the emergency department at Ascension St. Joseph hospital each month. Those women now will go to a separate emergency department, staffed by obstetrician-gynecologists, or OB/GYNs, at the hospital.

No Safe Level - A Few Drinks During Pregnancy Could Harm Children, study says

The Sydney Morning Herald | By Rachel Clun -- September 25, 2020

There is no safe level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Drinking alcohol increases their risk of having future psychiatric problems.


A couple of drinks a week in the early stages of pregnancy can increase the likelihood of a child developing depression, anxiety and other behavioral and psychological issues.

Can You Drink Decaf Coffee During Pregnancy?

Healthline | Elise Mandl -- July 1, 2020


Pregnant women should consume only 200 mg caffeine per day per ACOG


Coffee is a popular caffeinated drink known for its energy-boosting and stimulating effects. However, pregnant women may prefer to reduce or eliminate caffeine to avoid potential health risks. Decaf coffee is a popular alternative that can provide the taste of coffee without the high amount of caffeine.

Subclinical Hypothyroidism Appears Common in Women With Miscarriage

Medscape | Jake Remaly -- July 02, 2020


If you have a history of two or more miscarriages, you should have your thyroid checked.

Better Pregnancy Spacing Would Aid Those With Gestational Diabetes

Medscape | Becky McCall -- July 02, 2020


Women with previous history of Gestational Diabetes should space pregnancies by more than 18 months in order to have better outcomes

Of the COVID-19 pregnancy cases reported in Illinois, Black and Latina women make up over 70%
Chicago Tribune | July 02, 2020


At around 25 weeks pregnant with her first child, a 21-year-old Hispanic woman became infected with COVID-19. The young woman’s doctors at St. Anthony Hospital in Little Village were just learning more about the coronavirus as it hit Illinois in the spring, and they wanted to monitor the baby’s growth.

If you live in Louisiana, less pregnant women are dying because of improved practice drills for OB emergencies. Unfortunately, the numbers haven’t improved for Black pregnant women. After this author’s review of the article, I recommend that all pregnant women attempt to receive a blood pressure cuff prior to hospital discharge if you had high blood pressure during your labor and insist on a referral to a cardiologist if you had hypertension and/or preeclampsia during pregnancy and while in labor.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Pathology reported that COVID-19 affects the placenta but not the baby. Sixteen placentas from “normal” babies revealed abnormal blood flow between mothers and babies which but this did not have a negative impact on the babies. According to the study, “these findings could help inform how pregnant women should be clinically monitored during the pandemic.”

Statement from Mocha OB on Black Maternal Health Week and the Recommendations for Black Women Health Initiatives

PR Newswire | April 19, 2019


Mocha OB, a group comprised of over 500 female OB/GYNs, OB trained Family Practice Physicians and Cardiologists of color have been working all week in various activities and have issued the following statement regarding Black Maternal Health Week. Download Press Release

Louisville mom shares story of rare heart failure following pregnancy

Kate Springer | Feb 16, 2019 


Slayton delivered baby Seth with no complications, but in the days and weeks following his birth, she began experiencing extreme shortness of breath.

Easing the Dangers of Childbirth for Black Women

The Editorial Board | April 20, 2018


The rate of maternal mortality in the United States, already higher than in other wealthy countries, has risen by more than half since 1990. The grim increase is largely because of alarmingly high rates among black women, who nationally are three times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as white women.

PMS Cramping vs. Common Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Ashley Gray | March 8, 2018


If you're having cramps a week before your period when you usually only start having cramps a few days before, then you may be experiencing implantation cramping.