Have you ever wondered how guidelines are set for the care that you should receive by your doctor during your pregnancy, at childbirth, and then after you deliver your child? The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, otherwise known as ACOG, do set those guidelines, and they recently updated the information on their seventh edition book that you can find on Amazon, Your Pregnancy and Childbirth.
I interviewed Dr. Holly Cummings, who is an OB GYN, and she answers some of the questions around some of the surprising guidelines and how they came about and the role that women should play to ensure that they have a successful and healthy pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care.
Georgie Kovacs: There has been a long overdue, but welcomed change to guidelines, where previously the recommendation has been that your first postpartum visit to your OB GYN is six weeks after delivery. Now, it is recommended that you can do it three to four weeks after delivery.
Dr Holly Cummings: I think that, historically, I wasn't around decades ago, when somebody decided that we could just see people at six weeks after delivery and everything would be okay. But there is a historic basis for the idea that most people have completed their physical recovery by six weeks. Certainly people will