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

cine, internal medicine, obstetric anesthesiology, cardiology, pulmonology, hematology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, endocrinology, infectious disease, clinical genetics, laboratory medicine, radiology, nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory therapy.

Women & Infants' Integrated Program for High-Risk Pregnancy also includes a number of other services.

For outpatients, the Prenatal Diagnosis Center offers sophisticated diagnostic evaluation for pregnant women and their fetuses. Diagnostic services, including ultrasound exams, genetic amniocentesis, and chorionic villus sampling, are provided by the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and consultations can be arranged through a patient's private physician as needed.

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty are also an integral part of the multidisciplinary perinatology team at Women & Infants and the Fetal Treatment Program, a joint venture of Women & Infants and Hasbro Children's/Rhode Island hospital, and Tufts Medical Center in Boston. The Fetal Treatment Program provides state-of-the-art treatment for several life threatening fetal conditions.

Genetic testing and counseling are also available as both pre-conception and high-risk resources. Patients may be referred for genetic services if they are older, have a family or personal history of a genetic disease, or after other routine tests indicate a potential problem. Most genetic test results are reassuring, but if a problem with a pregnancy is detected, counseling is offered to explain the problem and provide prenatal therapy whenever possible. The team includes genetic counselors and two specialists who are fellowship trained in both genetics and maternal-fetal medicine, a level of expertise offered at few other programs in the nation.

The Diabetes in Pregnancy Program provides a wide variety of services for pregnant women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes as well as those who develop diabetes during pregnancy (
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Contact: Amy Blustein
ablustein@wihri.org
401-681-2822
Women & Infants Hospital
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