What You Need to Know About Vasa Previa

By on October 10, 2017

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In vasa previa, fetal blood vessels, as opposed to maternal blood vessels, are present in the membranes covering the cervix, which is the opening to the uterus. The baby comes through the cervix once the opening is completely open. The prevalence of vasa previa is approximately 1 in 2500 deliveries but is much higher in pregnancies


TDaP Vaccination & Pregnancy

By on September 18, 2017

TDaP Vaccinations

TDaP Vaccination & Pregnancy TDaP is a vaccine that protects the recipient from three bacterial diseases: Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (whooping cough). You may be wondering what the relationship is between Tdap vaccination and pregnancy. To put it simply, infants cannot be vaccinated until they are two months old, making it essential for mothers to be vaccinated for


Periviable Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM)

By on September 12, 2017


Periviable premature rupture of membranes is a rare complication where the water breaks early in pregnancy, just around the time the fetus becomes viable (approximately 24 weeks).  P Periviable PROM is associated with a number of complications, but some women have good outcomes for them and their babies. To learn more about this condition, the


Facts About Infertility

By on August 17, 2017


In general, there are a lot of questions surrounding the topic of infertility in the field of maternal fetal medicine. According to the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, Infertility is defined as not becoming pregnant after one year of trying to conceive with regular unprotected sex or after six months if you are over the


Stillbirth Causes and Risks

By on August 8, 2017


Stillbirth or fetal death after 20 weeks of pregnancy is one of the most common pregnancy outcomes. It complicates 1 in 160 deliveries or 6.2 per 1,000 births. The most prevalent risk factors for stillbirth are non-Hispanic black race, a woman having her first child, advanced maternal age (more than or equal to age 35) and obesity.


What is a Birth Plan?

By on July 20, 2017

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Many expectant mothers spend a lot of time thinking about a healthy pregnancy, baby names, baby showers, decorations, cribs, strollers and daycare.  Much time is spent thinking and preparing for the events leading up to and after birth, but what about your actual birth experience? A birth plan is an opportunity to discuss your birth


Uterine Anomalies

By on July 18, 2017

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Congenital abnormalities of the uterus, or congenital müllerian anomalies, include a spectrum of uterine abnormalities caused by abnormal embryologic fusion and canalization of the müllerian ducts to form a normal uterine cavity.  These anomalies are often asymptomatic and unrecognized, but have a reported prevalence of approximately 2-4% in reproductive age women, and up to 5-25%