Dedicated to advancing care and improving outcomes in high-risk pregnancies, researchers in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are leading a broad range of studies spanning basic science to clinical research.
Current research is focused on three primary areas:
The internationally recognized LifeCodes Cohort is one of the nation’s largest pregnancy cohorts and specimen banks. An extensive biobank of samples, including blood, urine, and placental samples, collected during pregnancy is used to research biomarkers that may be associated pregnancy complications including spontaneous preterm birth, preeclampsia as well as with the effects of environmental exposures on pregnancy outcomes. Researchers in the BWH Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine were among the first in the world to recognize the need for research on the effects of environmental exposures and toxic substances on reproductive outcomes. Our researchers have a record of ongoing publications related to phthalate exposure and pregnancy outcomes.
In the Quality and Safety research group, maternal-fetal medicine specialists and general obstetrics providers across Partners HealthCare and other Harvard Medical School (HMS) affiliated institutions collaborate to examine obstetrics quality and outcomes data at national levels. At BWH, data is collected through daily safety rounds, weekly labor and delivery management meetings, and monthly reviews of specific cases. Initiatives supported by this data and BWH funding include an effort to increase rates of vaginal births after cesarean (VBACs) and promote best practices for twin deliveries. The Quality and Safety Research group is supported by grants through the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to explore quality and safety-related research projects.
Read more about our quality and safety research: correlation between cesarean section rates and Medicare spending.
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