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SMFM highlights significance of spina bifida research findings
Date:2/10/2011

The study cautioned that there were risks involved and that, because the surgery is highly specialized, it should only be undertaken in facilities with experienced staff. Infants who underwent the prenatal surgery were more likely to be born premature than were the infants who had the surgery performed after birth. Mothers who underwent the procedure were at risk of a thinning or tearing of the uterus at the incision. In spite of these risks though, children who underwent the prenatal surgery did much better than those who had the surgery after birth.

In fact, the MOMS study, which planned to enroll 200 expectant mothers carrying a child with myelomeningocele, was stopped after the enrollment of 183 women because of the benefits demonstrated in children who underwent the prenatal surgery.

The study was conducted in partnership with researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), The UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and the George Washington University Biostatistics Center in Washington, D.C.

"This study is an indicator of the medical advancements being made in preventing high-risk pregnancies and complications," Copel added.

Some of the studies being presented at the SMFM annual meeting include research on:

  • The benefits of fetal heart rate monitoring in reducing infant mortality,
  • The increased risk of morbidity in babies delivered between 36 and 38 weeks,
  • The use of 30% less analgesia during labor when patients administer their own epidural analgesia,
  • Folate, which found that it does not offer preterm delivery protection,
  • The use of magnesium sulfate and how it may offer protection from cerebral palsy induced by magnesium sulfate,
  • The use of alcohol free antibacterial mouth-rinse associated with decreased incidence of preterm birth.


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Contact: Vicki Bendure
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Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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