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GPS Managing Pregnancy


The ADA Guidelines for Practice Success™ (GPS™) module on Managing Pregnancy offers helpful information and resources on federal legislation relating to pregnancy and nursing as well as on many of the health-related concerns that can be worrisome to expectant parents.

  • Introduction to Managing Pregnancy

    This module offers helpful information and resources on federal legislation relating to pregnancy and nursing as well as on many of the health-related concerns that can be worrisome to expectant parents.

  • Managing Pregnancy | Resources

    We have compiled online resources for the Guidelines for Practice Success, Managing Pregnancy module to make it easier for you to locate the additional information, samples, and resources discussed throughout.

  • Planning for Pregnancy: Practice Owners/Managers

    This resource from the American Dental Association has been developed to help an expecting dentist design a comprehensive plan that will see your business through pregnancy and maternity leave.

  • Managing the Practice During and After Pregnancy: Practice Owners/Managers

    While there’s no all-inclusive list of questions and answers that can cover every possible situation involving pregnancy, you can prepare for many of them by considering possible scenarios and developing action plans to implement if needed.

  • Practicing Dentistry While Pregnant

    While each person experiences pregnancy differently, these tips and suggestions are intended to make it easier for you to take care of yourself and your baby while simultaneously caring for your patients, your staff, and your practice.

  • Radiation Safety: Practice Owners/Managers

    Principles of good radiation hygiene, a few of which are detailed in this article, offer guidance for protecting pregnant individuals whose job duties may involve direct exposure to radiation.

  • Nitrous Oxide Safety: Practice Owners/Managers

    While nitrous oxide can be beneficial in the delivery of treatment, pregnant women working in a dental practice should avoid exposure due to the possibility that it can harm the developing fetus.

  • Returning to Practice Post Pregnancy: Practice Owners/Managers

    Often one of the major decisions for any woman post-pregnancy is when to return to work and on what schedule. When contemplating your return to work from maternity leave, be sure to consider these points.

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Ergonomic Issues and Physical Therapy

    Pregnancy changes the body's biomechanics. This includes the ability to sit for long periods of time and even to hold instruments and tools.

  • Managing Stress through Mindfulness

    Many people find that practicing mindfulness, a type of intentional awareness, can reduce mental and emotional stress levels. ADA has provided a series of brief videos on mindfulness to help members and their staffs manage stress.

  • Postpartum Blues vs Postpartum Depression

    Pregnancy and a having new baby can cause you to experience a broad range of emotions. Depression and anxiety that happen during the first year after the birth of your baby are considered medical conditions and can be treated if you seek help.

  • Breastfeeding and Pumping: Practice Owners/Managers

    You and your physician should discuss the value of breastfeeding your baby early on in your pregnancy as part of your regular pre-natal care. The decision to breastfeed is a personal one and your healthcare provider should support whatever decision you make.

  • Childcare: Practice Owners/Managers

    The decision you make regarding who cares for your child – and when – is a very personal one. Where and how that care is provided – and by whom – has to mesh with the needs of your family, your overall lifestyle, and your professional obligations.

  • Planning for Pregnancy: Employees

    For many years, the dental profession has operated under the philosophy that focusing on prevention can impact an individual’s future health and wellness. The same philosophy can be applied to planning for and managing a healthy pregnancy.

  • Your Rights as a Pregnant Associate/Employee Dentist

    Once you’re aware of your rights, and your responsibilities, as a pregnant employee, it’s a good idea to research your employer’s policies, benefits, and practices relating to the management of pregnant employees.

  • Federal and State Regulations and Protections Related to Pregnancy

    Various regulations at both the state and federal levels provide workplace protections to pregnant employees and address pregnancy discrimination, workplace accommodations that might be needed during pregnancy, maternity leave, and protections relating to breastfeeding upon returning to work.

  • Highlights of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act: Employees

    The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that made it illegal to discriminate against a woman because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

  • Highlights of the Family and Medical Leave Act

    Eligible employees of covered employers are entitled to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons.

  • Highlights of the Fair Labor Standard Act: Employees

    In terms of its relevance to pregnancy, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wages and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes provisions regarding employers’ obligations regarding allowances for employees to express breast milk as needed for a nursing child for up to one year after the child's birth.

  • Contract Considerations and Employment Accommodations for Pregnancy

    New dentists and dental students sometimes inquire about the wisdom of attempting to negotiate parental leave into the employment agreement or contract that’s presented and negotiated before accepting the position.

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