Obstetrics and Gynecology: Frequently Asked Patient Safety Questions

Pamela Willis, BSN, JD, Senior Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company

For questions related to reproductive health, see our Reproductive Healthcare: Post-Roe Resource Center. For additional assistance, contact the Department of Patient Safety and Risk Management at (800) 421-2368 or patientsafety@thedoctors.com.


  1. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The role of the obstetrician-gynecologist in aesthetic services. College Statement of Policy. Revised and Retitled July 2021. https://www.acog.org/clinical-information/policy-and-position-statements/statements-of-policy/2018/role-of-the-obstetrician-gynecologist-in-cosmetic-procedures 
  2. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Vaginal birth after cesarean delivery. Practice Bulletin No. 205. February 2019. https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/practice-bulletin/articles/2019/02/vaginal-birth-after-cesarean-delivery
  3. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Cesarean delivery on maternal request. Committee Opinion Number 761. January 2019. https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2019/01/cesarean-delivery-on-maternal-request

The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.

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