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  • July 06, 2022 2:09 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    In case you missed the APAOG Reproductive Access/ Abortion Task Force meeting on Thursday, June 30, 2022, we have the following available for you: 

  • June 29, 2022 3:08 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    The WPSI is pleased to announce the release of the 2022 Well-Woman Chart. The Recommendations for Well-Woman Care - A Well-Woman Chart is a comprehensive tool that summarizes preventive services recommendations for women from the WPSI, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and Bright Futures based on age, health status, and risk factors. The 2022 Well-Woman Chart includes WPSI’s newest recommendation, Preventing Obesity in Midlife Women, and recently released USPSTF recommendations such as Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy and Colorectal Cancer Screening. In addition, clinical practice considerations, risk assessment methods, and the age and frequency of delivery of services are described in the 2022 Clinical Summary Tables accompanying the chart. The Well-Woman Chart can be used by health care clinicians providing preventive well-woman care, including family physicians, internists, OB-GYNs, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse-midwives. Please contact WPSI staff at wpsi@acog.orgif you have any questions.

  • June 29, 2022 1:28 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Show your competence in electronic fetal monitoring with NCC certification. Read more.

  • June 24, 2022 12:00 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    Today, the Supreme Court reversed the long standing Roe vs Wade decision. This now allows Mississippi to enforce a 15-week ban on abortion, and it regrettably allows the opportunity for other state legislatures to further restrict and potentially ban abortion. While expected, we are nonetheless shocked and highly concerned for our patients, their families, and our fellow health care colleagues. There are many uncertainties at this time, but what remains is our effort as OB/GYN PAs to uphold our commitment to increasing access to quality, equitable and affordable healthcare for all. As providers of obstetrical and gynecological care, we will continue to support birthing people through their happiest times and also in these most challenging times. As we work to begin establishing a task force to address these most important issues, please be on the lookout for information on how YOU can help. 

  • June 15, 2022 3:29 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)
    Sign up if you are interested in being considered to join the APAOG Maternal Immunizations Taskforce. We are searching for interested participants and will select 4-5 individuals to work on various aspects of what APAOG can offer to members (examples: webpage, brochures, posters, webinars, social, etc.) Please contact our office with any questions.

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  • June 06, 2022 2:58 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    The APAOG 2022 award winners have been announced. Thank you to our members for their patience as we finalized details and contacted the winners to be notified and receive their award. Please help us in congratulating the winners! For more information regarding APAOG Awards, please click here

  • June 02, 2022 8:39 AM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    The NCCPA Board of Directors is pleased to announce their approval to develop a new Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN). Leaders from the Association of PAs in OBGYN (APAOG) reached out to NCCPA to request consideration of a CAQ in this specialty area.

    “There continues to be a misunderstanding of PAs’ training and utilization in OBGYN, and without a CAQ that provides a competitive edge for PAs, they will continue to be marginalized from practicing in this specialty,” said APAOG President Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C.

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  • May 31, 2022 1:50 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    APAOG's Board Nominations have been extended due to the addition of the treasurer position on the nomination form. This position will fill an interim one-year term, with eligibility to begin a regular two-year term next year if interested. Please nominate yourself as a candidate if you're interested in being part of the group leading the way for PAs working in OBGYN. The treasurer is a key position on our leadership team. If you have any questions, please reach out to our administrative office! Remember, all positions come with guidance and support to ensure success. Nominations will re-close on Friday, June 10.

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  • May 18, 2022 3:29 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    if you are interested in submitting a nomination for either yourself or someone else for one of the open board positions, please do so by Friday, May 20! 

    APAOG 2022 Board Positions Available:

    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Director-At-Large
    • Student Representative (2)
    • Non-PA Board Member

    APAOG 2022 Nominations/Elections Timeline:

    • May 1 ‐ Call for Nominations Opens
    • May 20 – Call for Nominations Closes
    • May 30 – Nominating Committee/Board begins to review nominations and approve a final slate of candidates
    • June 6 – Electronic Elections Open (Eligible voters include APAOG Fellow Members and APAOG Student Representatives)
    • June 15 - Announcement of Election Results
    • July 1– New Board Positions Begin Term

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  • May 18, 2022 12:16 PM | Becca Liebers (Administrator)

    PA Foundation | Melissa Rodriguez, DMSc, PA-C

    Have you heard? Maternal mortality rates are increasing in the U.S. We now have the highest maternal mortality rates in all developed countries. The 2020 report from the National Center for Health Statistics, based on data from the National Vital Statistics System, showed that 861 women died due to maternal causes, up to 42 days after the end of pregnancy, with a general maternal mortality rate of 23.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2020 (Hoyert, 2022). When stratified by race, non-Hispanic Black women had 55.3 deaths per 100,000 live births, 2.9 times that of non-Hispanic White women. Several medical causes are identified, including cardiac disease, hypertension, hemorrhage, and venous thromboembolism. Social determinants of health also strongly correlate with mortality, as they contribute to preexisting health conditions and why people of color avoid seeking care.

    Racism and inadequate access to care further isolate people in need. For instance, maternity care deserts, caused by the increasing number of hospital closures in rural communities, have increased and led to an increase in out-of-hospital and preterm births and births in hospitals without obstetric units in the following year after closure (Kozhimannil et al., 2018). The degree of isolation and lack of services may contribute to maternal mortality in the U.S. and exacerbate the socioeconomic differences within contrasting populations. This phenomenon was highlighted in a study in Louisiana, where those with a lack of maternity care experienced a 91% increase in the risk of death during pregnancy and up to one year postpartum (Wallace et al., 2021). Sadly, even with access, women of color may choose to deliver outside of the hospital due to racism and obstetric birth trauma. We need to improve our services.

    Most pregnancies in the U.S. are considered low risk. “High risk” describes a pregnancy with risk to the woman, fetus, or both, increasing the likelihood of a complication, adverse event, or poor outcomes occurring during or after the pregnancy or birth. However, there is always a risk of complications in pregnancy and delivery. The rising number of obese patients, the increasing age at first delivery, the increasing use of fertility treatments, and societal factors play a role in increasing the risk of pregnancy. Women aged 35 or above are at greater risk of maternal mortality, preeclampsia, poor fetal growth, fetal distress, and stillbirth when compared to mothers aged 25-29 (SMFM 2014; Cavazos-Rehg et al., 2015), and this age range accounted for 18% of all births in 2017. Despite this risk, mothers ages 35 and older were more likely to birth at home (23.6%) or at a birth center (18.1%) compared to a hospital birth (17.5%), without available specialty-specific interventions.

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