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Genome sequencing can help with diagnosis and treatment of critically ill babies
A study is using advanced genome sequencing to help identify genetic conditions in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. The study found that 1 in 4 babies had an underlying genetic condition and the identification of this in many cases altered the treatment plan. The findings of the study will allow doctors to intervene and manage conditions earlier with potential to improve outcomes and save lives. Within the UK there is potential to help more than 3000 patients through implementing this genome sequencing.
PTSD - A maternal-fetal medicine specialists experience
Dr. Shivani Patel is a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and Assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the US. She developed preeclampsia during her first pregnancy at 32 weeks and her baby was delivered via caesarean section within 24 hours of diagnosis which led to PTSD. Now having her blood pressure taken can trigger flashbacks and anxiety. Her experience has helped her awareness of the fears and anxieties parents may be experiencing.
She highlights ‘The onus is really on doctors to try to gauge whether a patient had a traumatic birth experience and may be experiencing PTSD. This is yet another instance in which a patient’s emotional well-being can play as big a role in care as her physical well-being.’
Increased neonatal deaths from overseas IVF
Study finds that women who conceived a multiple pregnancy from IVF abroad had poorer obstetric and neonatal outcomes. In a large center in northwest London 65 women were referred to the fetal medicine center between 2012 and 2016. 38 of those women had IVF overseas and within that group 24% of live born babies died in the neonatal period compared to 0 in the UK group. The average cost per overseas IVF baby was £20,600. It is suggested that providing IVF in the UK may improve obstetric and neonatal outcomes with lesser cost burden for families and service providers.
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Three things to know about the state of maternal mortality research in the United States
A blog from Maternal Health Task Force presents 3 things to know about maternal mortality research in the US from a seminar by Dr Gene Declercq: