Maternal-Fetal Medicine News

Read and watch news stories featuring our high-risk pregnancy specialists from the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Delivering Triplets for a New Hampshire Mother

New England Cable News features the efforts of Julian Robinson, MD, and Lucy H. Graves, RN, to safely deliver triplets for a New Hampshire mother. One baby, who was sharing a placenta with his brother, was barely getting enough blood to survive. Learn more

Four Miscarriage Myths

Four miscarriage myths, including the notion that miscarriages are rare, are discussed in a WebMD article featuring Daniela A. Carusi, MD, MSc. Read more

Travel Planning for Pregnant Women

Chloe A. Zera, MD, MPH, speaks with Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine about what pregnant women should do to prepare for travel. Read more

Caring for Cancer Patients during Pregnancy

FOX25 News Boston reports on a South Shore mother who was diagnosed with cancer after becoming pregnant. Katherine E. Economy, MD, MPH, collaborated with the patient’s oncologist to develop a treatment plan that would lead to a safe pregnancy and delivery. Learn more

Link between Autism and Antidepressant Use during Pregnancy

Nicole A. Smith, MD, MPH, addresses the risks of not treating maternal depression, in the wake of research suggesting that a mother’s antidepressant use during the second or third trimester of pregnancy may increase the risk of her child developing autism. Read more

Rising Popularity of Long-Acting Birth Control

CBS News interviews Daniela A. Carusi, MD, MSc, about new trends in birth control and the rising popularity of intrauterine devices. Read more

What Women Should Know about Urinary Tract Infections

Daniela A. Carusi, MD, MSc, speaks with Health magazine about what women should know about urinary tract infections, including their potential to cause early labor if left untreated. Read more

Caring for Patients with Placenta Accreta

WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston features our specialized care for patients with placenta accreta, a condition that is characterized by pregnancy-induced high blood pressure. Daniela A. Carusi, MD, MSc, also discusses what may be contributing to the rising prevalence of this pregnancy complication. Watch the news feature

Alcohol Use among Pregnant Women

Is it safe to consume alcohol during pregnancy? Rosemary E. Reiss, MD, speaks with the Boston Business Journal about a recent report addressing alcohol use among pregnant women. Read more

Hybrid Operating Room – Not Your Typical Delivery Room

Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists led by Katherine E. Economy, MD, MPH, collaborated with Brigham and Women’s Hospital physicians from Cardiovascular Medicine and Cardiac Surgery, as part of the Cardiovascular Disease and Pregnancy Program, to determine the best course of care for a mother with a failing heart valve and her baby. They developed a set of plans that included delivering her baby in the cardiovascular hybrid OR, one of only a few such ORs in the country. Read more

Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy

Katherine E. Economy, MD, MPH, speaks to CBS News about new research that finds that antidepressant use during pregnancy poses less risk to newborns than previously thought. Read more

Pregnancy and Chronic Disease

Katherine E. Economy, MD, MPH, talks to U.S. News & World Report about dealing with chronic disease while pregnant.
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Six C-Section Myths

Daniela A. Carusi, MD, MSc, speaks with the Huffington Post to help dispel the most common cesarean section myths, including the idea that the mother has to be unconscious during the birth. Read more

Defying the Odds: Heart Patient Welcomes New Baby

When Ali Barton, 31, was roughly 18 weeks pregnant, she began experiencing “bizarre” swelling in her legs, sudden weight fluctuation, and intense nausea after just a few bites of food. Following an echocardiogram, she was immediately transferred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where high-risk obstetricians led by Katherine E. Economy, MD, MPH, collaborated with heart failure specialists to focus intensely on her care. Read more

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