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Women & Infants introduces integrated program for high-risk pregnancy
Date:7/25/2011

Every pregnancy deserves special treatment. But when a woman with a normal pregnancy has a complication or a woman with a medical issue becomes pregnant, she needs highly specialized care.

With this in mind, Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has created New England's only fully integrated center for the care of women with high-risk pregnancies and their developing fetuses. A collaboration of the previously separate divisions of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Obstetric and Consultative Medicine at Women & Infants Hospital and The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy brings together the expertise of a wide range of clinical specialists with extensive experience in the care of high-risk pregnancies to help ensure the best possible outcomes for mothers and babies.

"This unique constellation of services offers unparalleled assurance that patients and their doctors can receive the state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary guidance that these special women and these tiniest patients so deserve," said Raymond O. Powrie, MD, co-director of the Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy, interim chair of the Department of Medicine, and senior vice president of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness at Women & Infants Hospital.

The program works collaboratively with community obstetricians, medical providers, and nurse midwives to address medical, obstetric, fetal and genetic issues prior to, during and after pregnancy.

Katharine D. Wenstrom, MA, MD, co-director of the Program and director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, said, "Our goal is to work with community-based obstetric providers to offer the highest level of care. The integration of multiple high-risk pregnancy specialists in one program means that the best minds are working together for the best outcomes."

The team of providers includes specialists in maternal-fetal medicine, obstetric internal medi
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Contact: Amy Blustein
ablustein@wihri.org
401-681-2822
Women & Infants Hospital
Source:Eurekalert

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