Is Patient Safety Really ACOG’s Priority? ACOG relaxes guidelines for VBAC | DC Metro Area Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued revised guidelines regarding when to offer a woman a vaginal birth when she had previously delivered a baby via cesarean section, aka VBAC.  Nationally, less than one in ten women undergo VBAC; the rest undergo an elective c-section for births after previously having a c-section. Trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) is the planned attempt of VBAC. While the revised guidelines require the physician to discuss each procedure’s risks and benefits with the patient, there are subtle changes in the wording of the guidelines that patients will not notice that could…

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FDA WARNING: NZU, A MORNING SICKENESS “REMEDY” MAY CONTAIN HIGH LEVELS OF LEAD/ARSENIC | DC Metro Area Medical Malprac

On December 31, 2009, the FDA issued a warning to consumers and medical professionals,to avoid consuming “Nzu”, a product taken as a traditional remedy for morning sickness due to high levels of lead and arsenic. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are especially at risk since they are the target demographic for the product and pass on the risks to their developing children. Lead exposure creates harmful effects, and permanently adversely affects the brain and nervous system in developing children. Arsenic is a known human carcinogen linked to lung, skin, bladder, kidney, and liver cancer and it is also loosely associated with…

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