U.S. Health Insurers Getting Tough Against Non-Medically Indicated Deliveries <39 Weeks


For over 30 years, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has opposed non-medically indicated deliveries <39 weeks gestational age through guidelines outlining the potential risks to the health of the babies. During the last few weeks of a healthy pregnancy, certain vital organs – such as the brain and lungs – are still […]

Excessive Use of Cesarean Sections in the US Costing Health System @$5 Billion


Many maternal and infant health advocacy groups and practitioners have known for some time that the excessive use of cesarean sections in the US have placed mothers and infants at unnecessary risks. Now, a new comprehensive study by the research firm Truven Health Analytics has quantified monetarily the effects of cesarean sections on our US health […]

Dr. John Curran earns USF Distinguished Service Award


For his years of service and devotion to USF and to the entire Tampa Bay region, John Curran, MD, was presented with USF’s Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Curran, who is professor of pediatrics, associate vice president for Faculty and Academic Affairs at USF Health, and senior executive associate dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs at […]

Dr. William Sappenfield earns March of Dimes’ highest volunteer award

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University of South Florida (USF) researcher William Sappenfield, MD, MPH, has many titles—professor in the College of Public Health, chair of the Department of Community and Family Health, and director of the Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies. However, his most recent designation as the 2012 recipient of the Elaine Whitelaw […]