The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) announced on Thursday that it has issued an alert for women ages 18-24 to avoid giving birth in their own home.
“We want to remind pregnant women to be sure they are following all recommendations from the American College, including breast feeding, and to make sure they know how to safely and effectively deliver a baby,” said Dr. Jennifer A. Reiss, ACOG’s assistant chief medical officer for public affairs.
The alert comes just days after another major health body issued a similar alert, saying that women ages 20-24 have an increased risk of premature birth.
In its announcement, the American Academy of Pediatrics called for more research into the benefits and risks of breastfeeding, and urged women to talk to their doctor before beginning breastfeeding.
The ACOG is the national organization that advises health care providers on the safety of women’s birth, as well as breastfeeding, the prevention of maternal morbidity and mortality and maternal morbidities associated with the use of birth control.