Category Archives: Complications

Pregnancy as a Window to Future Health – SMFM White Paper

The development of complications in pregnancy provides a new window of opportunity for early heart disease risk screening and intervention for women.

Study Suggests That Genetic Predisposition to Brain Injury After Preterm Birth is Sex-Specific

In a study to be presented on February 14 between 1:15 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report that variation in a gene involved in inflammation is associated with developmental problems after preterm birth in females, but not males.

Comprehensive Maternal Hemorrhage Protocols Improve Patient Safety

In a study to be presented on February 16 between 8 a.m., and 10 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will report findings that suggest comprehensive maternal hemorrhage protocols reduce utilization of blood products and improve patient safety.

Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cell-Free DNA in First Trimester Do Not Predict Preeclampsia

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Study Finds Elevated Levels of Cell-Free DNA in First Trimester Do Not Predict Preeclampsia

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that  indicate that elevated levels of cell-free DNA in the first trimester do not predict the subsequent development of preeclampsia.

Study Finds That Red Blood Cell Transfusion Decreases Fatigue in Women with Acute Postpartum Anemia

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Study Finds That Red Blood Cell Transfusion Decreases Fatigue in Women with Acute Postpartum Anemia 

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that in women with acute postpartum anemia, due to excessive blood loss during delivery, red blood cell transfusion led to a statistically significant decrease in physical fatigue. While excessive blood loss during delivery caused severe physical fatigue, the effect of red blood cell transfusion on this fatigue was small.

Study Finds Preterm Labor Diagnostic Markers Not Universal, Diagnosis and Interventions Should Not Be Generalized

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Study Finds Preterm Labor Diagnostic Markers Not Universal, Diagnosis and Interventions Should Not Be Generalized

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that preterm birth interventions should be tailored for underlying risk factors and pathways.

Study Finds In Utero Surgery Preferable to Surgery After Birth for Children with Spina Bifida

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Study Finds In Utero Surgery Preferable to Surgery After Birth for Children with Spina Bifida

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that show that, for children with spina bifida, surgery conducted while the fetus is still in utero as opposed to surgery on a newborn is more cost effective due to the costs associated with caring for a child with significant deficits.

Study Finds Residence in U.S. a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

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Study Finds Residence in U.S. a Risk Factor for Preterm Birth

 In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that duration of stay in the United States is associated with increased risk of preterm birth for Hispanic women.

2011: Predicting women’s long-term health based on pregnancy outcomes

The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine Looks at Pregnancy as a Window for Future Health

“A woman’s pregnancy outcome can be an indicator of future health conditions,” stated George R. Saade, M.D., president of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.   Saade gave a compelling presentation to SMFM members on the links between pregnancy outcomes and women’s long-term health.  He emphasized the importance of greater physician collaboration in reviewing patients’ health records, particularly in noting pregnancy outcomes as these can be important indicators of future health problems.

2011: Study finds that preterm birth clinic attendance leads to significant reduction in infant disability

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that when women at high risk for preterm birth participated in a preterm birth prevention clinic, more women delivered full term babies and there were fewer cases of infant morbidity.

2011: SMFM highlights significance of spina bifida research findings as reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine

Findings Reviewed at SMFM Annual Meeting, Additional Important Research Presented

More than two thousand physicians, some of the top obstetric/gynecologists in the world who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine, especially high risk pregnancies, gathered today for their annual meeting in San Francisco to begin four days of intensive research presentations. Presentations each year at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, represent major findings in reducing high-risk pregnancies and complications.

2011: Study finds that use of magnesium sulfate may offer protection from cerebral palsy induced by maternal inflammation

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that showed that in rats, the use of magnesium sulfate (Mg) significantly reduced the neonatal brain injury associated with maternal inflammation or maternal infection.

2011: Study finds that use of 17-Hydroxyprogesterone does not reduce the rate of preterm delivery or neonatal complications in twins

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in San Francisco, researchers will present findings that show that the use of the hormone 17-Hydroxyprogesterone does not reduce the rate of preterm delivery or neonatal complications in twins.

2011: Surgery on fetus reduces complications of spina bifida

NIH study shows surgery reduces rate of disability, increases preterm birth risk

A surgical procedure to repair a common birth defect of the spine, if undertaken while a baby is still in the uterus, greatly reduces the need to divert, or shunt, fluid away from the brain, according to a study by the National Institutes of Health and four research institutions.

2010: Study finds screening for spinal muscular atrophy not cost effective

In a study presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that showed that it is not cost effective to screen for spinal muscular atrophy.

2010: Study finds link between the birth defect gastroschisis and the agricultural chemical atrizine

In a study that was presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that demonstrate a link between the birth defect gastroschisis and the agricultural chemical atrazine.

2010: Report documents statewide initiative to reduce near-term scheduled births

In a study that was presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers unveiled findings that detailed an initiative in the state of Ohio to reduce the number of near-term scheduled births that did not have an appropriate medical reason.

2010: Study finds that sutures cause fewer complications that staples with cesarean deliveries

In a study that was presented this past February at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™, in Chicago, researchers presented findings that there were less complications for women, after having a cesarean delivery, if sutures were used instead of staples to close the wound.

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