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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29734453/female-physicians-in-maternal-fetal-medicine-a-32-year-perspective
#1
Jacquelyn Blackstone, Vanessa K Will, William F Rayburn
OBJECTIVE:  To examine trends of female physicians either pursuing fellowships or in active practice in maternal-fetal medicine (MFM). METHODS:  This observational study examined complete sets of MFM fellows and active members of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) between 1985 and 2016. Databases from SMFM, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education were used. Analysis of covariance testing was used to assess interactions over time between groups...
May 7, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705191/society-for-maternal-fetal-medicine-smfm-consult-series-45-mild-fetal-ventriculomegaly-diagnosis-evaluation-and-management
#2
Nathan S Fox, Ana Monteagudo, Jeffrey A Kuller, Sabrina Craigo, Mary E Norton
Ventriculomegaly is defined as dilation of the fetal cerebral ventricles and is a relatively common finding on prenatal ultrasound. The purpose of this document is to review the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of mild fetal ventriculomegaly. When enlargement of the lateral ventricles (≥10 mm) is identified, a thorough evaluation should be performed, including detailed sonographic evaluation of fetal anatomy, amniocentesis for karyotype and chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA), and a workup for fetal infection...
April 26, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29686937/implementing-obstetric-early-warning-systems
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EDITORIAL
Alexander M Friedman, Mary L Campbell, Carolyn R Kline, Suzanne Wiesner, Mary E D'Alton, Laurence E Shields
Severe maternal morbidity and mortality are often preventable and obstetric early warning systems that alert care providers of potential impending critical illness may improve maternal safety. While literature on outcomes and test characteristics of maternal early warning systems is evolving, there is limited guidance on implementation. Given current interest in early warning systems and their potential role in care, the 2017 Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Annual Meeting dedicated a session to exploring early warning implementation across a wide range of hospital settings...
April 2018: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673571/the-effect-of-hospital-acuity-on-severe-maternal-morbidity-in-high-risk-patients
#4
Mark A Clapp, Kaitlyn E James, Anjali J Kaimal
BACKGROUND: In 2015, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published guidelines that established levels of maternal care. These guidelines outline the nursing, provider, and facility requirements for hospitals to be designated a birthing center or one of four levels of care. To-date, these levels of maternal care have not been widely adopted, and currently, no data exists on how these designations may affect maternal or neonatal outcomes...
April 16, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667343/abstracts-of-the-british-maternal-fetal-medicine-society-bmfms-20th-annual-conference-2018-19th-20th-april-2018-brighton-uk
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April 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29548042/maternal-fetal-medicine-workforce-survey-are-we-ready-for-regionalized-levels-of-maternal-care
#6
Katharine D Wenstrom, Mary E D'Alton, Daniel F O'Keefe
OBJECTIVE:  To conduct a survey of the members of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) to determine the practice patterns of maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialists in the United States and to estimate the likelihood that our work force is sufficient to support the proposed MFM staffing requirements for level III and IV maternity centers. STUDY DESIGN:  All regular SMFM members in the United States were invited to answer a 26 question survey by email...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29496978/practice-guideline-joint-ccmg-sogc-recommendations-for-the-use-of-chromosomal-microarray-analysis-for-prenatal-diagnosis-and-assessment-of-fetal-loss-in-canada
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Christine M Armour, Shelley Danielle Dougan, Jo-Ann Brock, Radha Chari, Bernie N Chodirker, Isabelle DeBie, Jane A Evans, William T Gibson, Elena Kolomietz, Tanya N Nelson, Frédérique Tihy, Mary Ann Thomas, Dimitri J Stavropoulos
BACKGROUND: The aim of this guideline is to provide updated recommendations for Canadian genetic counsellors, medical geneticists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, clinical laboratory geneticists and other practitioners regarding the use of chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for prenatal diagnosis. This guideline replaces the 2011 Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)-Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Joint Technical Update. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group consisting of medical geneticists, genetic counsellors, maternal fetal medicine specialists and clinical laboratory geneticists was assembled to review existing literature and guidelines for use of CMA in prenatal care and to make recommendations relevant to the Canadian context...
April 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447720/no-257-ultrasonographic-cervical-length-assessment-in-predicting-preterm-birth-in-singleton-pregnancies
#8
Kenneth Lim, Kimberly Butt, Joan M Crane
OBJECTIVES: To review (1) the use of ultrasonographic-derived cervical length measurement in predicting preterm birth and (2) interventions associated with a short cervical length. OUTCOMES: Reduction in rates of prematurity and/or better identification of those at risk, as well as possible prevention of unnecessary interventions. EVIDENCE: Published literature was retrieved through searches of PubMed and The Cochrane Library up to December 2009, using appropriate controlled vocabulary and key words (preterm labour, ultrasound, cervix, incompetent cervix, transvaginal, transperineal, cervical length, fibronectin)...
February 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447091/obesity-in-pregnancy-a-comparison-of-four-national-guidelines
#9
Dana Vitner, Kristin Harris, Cynthia Maxwell, Dan Farine
BACKGROUND: Obesity in pregnancy has become one of the most important challenges in obstetrical care given its prevalence and potential adverse impact on both mother and fetus. The primary objective of this descriptive review is to identify common themes and distinctions within the current recommendations for maternal obesity in the most updated version of four published national guidelines. METHODS: We reviewed the following guidelines for obesity in pregnancy: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 2015, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RANZCOG) 2013, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (RCOG) 2010, and Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) 2010...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29361931/obstetrical-provider-knowledge-and-attitudes-towards-cell-free-dna-screening-results-of-a-cross-sectional-national-survey
#10
Wilson V Chan, Jo-Ann Johnson, R Douglas Wilson, Amy Metcalfe
BACKGROUND: Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening has recently acquired tremendous attention, promising patients and healthcare providers a more accurate prenatal screen for aneuploidy than other current screening modalities. It is unclear how much knowledge regarding cfDNA screening obstetrical providers possess which has important implications for the quality and content of the informed consent patients receive. METHODS: A survey was designed to assess obstetrical provider knowledge and attitudes towards cfDNA screening and distributed online through the Society of Obstetricians & Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)...
January 23, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29356333/limitations-of-vaginal-birth-after-cesarean-success-prediction
#11
Patrick Thornton
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine endorses an algorithm for estimating the probability of successful vaginal birth for women undergoing trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC). The algorithm is available online in the form of an easy-to-use calculator. This calculator has significant limitations that are easily overlooked by women and providers alike. The calculator has much greater positive than negative predictive power, and it cannot predict unsuccessful TOLAC or uterine rupture. Furthermore, the calculator cannot predict rare catastrophes, such as unplanned hysterectomy, permanent injury, or death...
January 2018: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318630/conflict-of-interest-related-to-clinical-practice-is-underreported-the-case-of-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
#12
Adam J Wolfberg
Authors of policy statements from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine do not acknowledge the potential for their clinical income to influence their opinions, or the positions of the societies they represent. These policy statements were published in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, again, without acknowledgment of the potential for conflict of interest. The case of noninvasive prenatal testing, which has threatened the role of maternal-fetal medicine in the practice of prenatal screening and diagnosis, and has significantly reduced the demand for invasive prenatal diagnosis, illustrates the importance of identifying this potential conflict...
February 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315690/joint-position-statement-from-the-international-society-for-prenatal-diagnosis-ispd-the-society-for-maternal-fetal-medicine-smfm-and-the-perinatal-quality-foundation-pqf-on-the-use-of-genome-wide-sequencing-for-fetal-diagnosis
#13
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315677/acog-and-smfm-guidelines-for-prenatal-diagnosis-is-karyotyping-really-sufficient
#14
Sara B Hay, Trilochan Sahoo, Mary K Travis, Karine Hovanes, Natasa Dzidic, Charles Doherty, Michelle N Strecker
OBJECTIVE: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) recommend chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for prenatal diagnosis in cases with 1 or more fetal structural abnormalities. For patients who elect prenatal diagnosis and have a structurally normal fetus, either microarray or karyotype is recommended. This study evaluates the frequency of clinically significant chromosomal abnormalities (CSCA) that would have been missed if all patients offered the choice between CMA and karyotyping chose karyotyping...
February 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29291413/impact-of-recommended-changes-in-labor-management-for-prevention-of-the-primary-cesarean-delivery
#15
Claire Thuillier, Sophie Roy, Violaine Peyronnet, Thibaud Quibel, Aurélie Nlandu, Patrick Rozenberg
BACKGROUND: The dramatic rise in cesarean delivery rates worldwide in recent decades, without evidence of a concomitant decrease in cerebral palsy rates, has raised concerns about its potential negative consequences for maternal and infant health. In 2014, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine jointly published an Obstetric Care Consensus for safe prevention of the primary cesarean delivery. OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess whether modification of our protocol to implement these recommendations helped to decrease our primary cesarean delivery rate safely...
March 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274715/no-133-prevention-of-rh-alloimmunization
#16
Karen Fung Kee Fung, Erica Eason
OBJECTIVE: To provide guidelines on use of anti-D prophylaxis to optimize prevention of rhesus (Rh) alloimmunization in Canadian women. OUTCOMES: Decreased incidence of Rh alloimmunization and minimized practice variation with regards to immunoprophylaxis strategies. EVIDENCE: The Cochrane Library and MEDLINE were searched for English-language articles from 1968 to 200 I, relating to the prevention of Rh alloimmunization. Search terms included: Rho(D) immune globulin, Rh iso- or aile-immunization, anti-D, anti-Rh, WinRho, Rhogam, and pregnancy...
January 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240547/implementing-cdc-s-level-of-care-assessment-tool-locate-a-national-collaboration-to-improve-maternal-and-child-health
#17
Andrea Catalano, Amanda Bennett, Ashley Busacker, Alethia Carr, David Goodman, Charlan Kroelinger, Ekwutosi Okoroh, Mary Brantley, Wanda Barfield
Perinatal regionalization, or risk-appropriate care, is an approach that classifies facilities based on capabilities to ensure women and infants receive care at a facility that aligns with their risk. The CDC designed the Levels of Care Assessment Tool (LOCATe) to assist jurisdictions working in risk-appropriate care in assessing a facility's level of maternal and neonatal care aligned with the most current American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (ACOG/SMFM) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines...
December 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193244/an-efficient-sequence-for-fetal-brain-imaging-at-3t-with-enhanced-t-1-contrast-and-motion-robustness
#18
Giulio Ferrazzi, Anthony N Price, Rui Pedro A G Teixeira, Lucilio Cordero-Grande, Jana Hutter, Ana Gomes, Francesco Padormo, Emer Hughes, Torben Schneider, Mary Rutherford, Maria Kuklisova Murgasova, Joseph V Hajnal
PURPOSE: Ultrafast single-shot T2 -weighted images are common practice in fetal MR exams. However, there is limited experience with fetal T1 -weighted acquisitions. This study aims at establishing a robust framework that allows fetal T1 -weighted scans to be routinely acquired in utero at 3T. METHODS: A 2D gradient echo sequence with an adiabatic inversion was optimized to be robust to fetal motion and maternal breathing optimizing grey/white matter contrast at the same time...
November 28, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29183819/smfm-special-report-putting-the-m-back-in-mfm-reducing-racial-and-ethnic-disparities-in-maternal-morbidity-and-mortality-a-call-to-action
#19
Joses A Jain, Lorene A Temming, Mary E D'Alton, Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, Methodius Tuuli, Judette M Louis, Sindhu K Srinivas, Aaron B Caughey, William A Grobman, Mark Hehir, Elizabeth Howell, George R Saade, Alan T N Tita, Laura E Riley
Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal morbidity and mortality rates are an important public health problem in the United States. Because racial and ethnic minorities are expected to comprise more than one-half of the US population by 2050, this issue needs to be addressed urgently. Research suggests that the drivers of health disparities occur at 3 levels: patient, provider, and system. Although we have recognized this issue and identified elements that contribute to it, knowledge must be converted into action to address it...
February 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141482/obstetric-practice-guidelines-labor-s-love-lost
#20
Wayne R Cohen, Emanuel A Friedman
Implementation of clinical practice guidelines may moderate health care costs, improve care, reduce medicolegal liability, and provide a uniformity in care allowing meaningful investigation of treatments and outcomes. However, new guidelines are often uncritically embraced by clinicians, risk management organizations, insurance companies, and the courts as the standard of care. Adoption of incompletely vetted recommendations can lead to patient harm. Recent recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine for assessment and management of labor provide an example of well-intended guidelines adopted uncritically...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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