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Maternal Fetal Medicine Resources for Healthcare Professionals

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we're committed to partnering with referring physicians to improve the quality of life for moms and their babies. Get the latest in maternal fetal medicine healthcare information and learn about innovation in our Colorado Fetal Care Center programs that can improve outcomes for your patients.

Research articles and summaries

Research article

Treating moms in emergent labor requires solid communication, role clarity and patient handoffs. Learn more about our team’s training efforts.

Clinical trial

Researchers at Children’s Hospital Colorado are investigating the safety and feasibility of providing regenerative therapy for a rare congenital heart defect called hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

Infants diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome in utero
Stem cell collection at birth; Glenn procedure at 3-6 months old

Professional resources

CDH diagnosis, evaluation and management

Approximately one in 3,000 pregnancies are affected by a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), a fetal abnormality that can result in pulmonary hyperplasia and pulmonary hypertension. In this video, Michael Zaretsky, MD, Medical Director of the Colorado Fetal Care Center at Children's Colorado, outlines the measures maternal fetal medicine specialists should take in evaluating and making a CDH diagnosis.

Physician Burnout

Charting Pediatrics is a weekly podcast for pediatric healthcare providers. In this series, specialists from Children's Hospital Colorado examine the latest treatments for the most common complaints in pediatric medicine. Listen and subscribe on Spotify, iTunes, Google Podcasts and Google Play.

In this episode, we explore the stigmatized topic of physician burnout with Jenny Reese, MD, Director of the Resilience Program at CU Anschutz. She shares her personal experience with burnout and offers valuable insights on what physician burnout is, its effects and how hospitals can reduce burnout by implementing preventative measures.

Maternal Fetal Medicine news

JAMA Pediatrics

Comparing Folic Acid Dosage Strengths to Prevent Reduction in Fetal Size Among Pregnant Women Who Smoked Cigarettes

marzo 18, 2019

Cumulative evidence supports a causal association between tobacco use in pregnancy and intrauterine growth restriction, and a plausible association between smoking and low levels of maternal folic acid. Given this evidence, we conducted a double-blind, randomized clinical trial to determine the efficacy of higher-dose folic acid in preventing a reduction in fetal body size among infants of women who smoked tobacco cigarettes during pregnancy.

Journal of the American Heart Association

Association Between Maternal Folic Acid Supplementation and Congenital Heart Defects in Offspring in Birth Cohorts

marzo 12, 2019

Evidence linking individual‐level maternal folic acid supplementation to offspring risk of congenital heart defects is lacking. We investigated whether folic acid supplementation in early pregnancy reduces offspring risk of heart defects in two large birth cohort studies.

The Lancet

Awareness of Fetal Movements and Care Package to Reduce Fetal Mortality (AFFIRM)

septiembre 27, 2018

In this AFFIRM study, researchers tested the premise that introduction of a reduced fetal movement (RFM), care package for pregnant women and clinicians that increased women's awareness of the need for prompt reporting of RFM and that standardized management, including timely delivery, would alter the incidence of stillbirth.

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