Stanford Children’s Health’s newest women’s health care group is the Women’s Care Medical Group (WCMG).
Doctors would love to be able to predict and prevent preterm births. Right now, they mostly can’t. But research at the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford University is poised to change that.
Today, prominent medical journal The Lancet publishes “Ending Preventable Stillbirth,” a series of articles calling for global efforts to greatly reduce fetal deaths that occur late in pregnancy or during labor. The series brings much-needed attention to a medical and societal problem that often goes ignored. “Millions of women and families around the world have suffered the pain of stillbirth in silence,” said Stanford global health expert Gary Darmstadt, MD.
Cesarean sections are the most commonly performed operations around the world. But just how effective are these procedures, which have their own risks and complications, in saving the lives of women and their newborns?
Women who are obese when they become pregnant are more likely than other expectant mothers to have a stillborn baby. A new Stanford study gives the first detailed information about which obese women are at greatest risk and which stages of pregnancy are most likely to be affected.
For many years, doctors have known that women who had diabetes during pregnancy faced an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with a congenital heart defect. But now, for the first time, researchers have shown that the risk isn’t limited to women with diabetes.
(This blog first appeared online in U.S. News & World Report.) Two of our biggest assets in the care of premature babies are decidedly low-tech: the baby’s parents.
When Juniper French was born in April 2011, her mom had been pregnant for 23 weeks and 6 days – a little more than half of a typical 40-week pregnancy. Shortly before her birth, doctors had to try to explain the possible consequences of her very early arrival to her parents.
Learning to cope when left alone with twins for first time
Multiples attract attention, there’s no getting around it. People approach you in public, sometimes just to look at your babies and say “Aw,” sometimes to tell you about twins they know, sometimes to tell you they are a twin! Amy Letter shares more in part two of her series on having multiples.
Hearing your baby’s heartbeat for the first time is amazing. Hearing the second heartbeat is harder to describe.
The longstanding expertise of Stanford Medicine’s Fertility and Reproductive Health team has a new home: This month, the team moved to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Children’s Health.
Scientists have long suspected that post-traumatic stress disorder raises a pregnant woman’s risk of giving birth prematurely. Now, new research from Stanford and the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs confirms these suspicions.
When Emily Ballenger of San Jose delivers her twins in August at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, she’ll also be credited with helping train a medical student in the art of patient-centered care and relationship building.
Elizabeth Rodriguez-Garcia was nearly six months pregnant when she arrived at a routine ultrasound in July 2013. It would be the first baby, a boy, for Elizabeth and her husband Salvador Alvarez.
When a pregnant woman’s heart stops, two lives are threatened. Yet few caregivers know how to modify their cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique for the expectant mom and her fetus, and few hospitals are optimally prepared for such an event.
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