Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, holds one of the IUD inserters he invented.

In the News

A Look at How California Lowered Maternal Mortality Rates

Elliott Main, MD, the collaborative’s medical director, explains how his team identified and changed the approach to preventable maternal deaths.


Reproductive Choices Facing Women with Disabilities Require Careful Consideration

Paula Hillard, MD, wrote an editorial in Obstetrics & Gynecology, in conjunction with two papers related to reproductive rights of those with disabilities. 


Grant Provides Hope for Children with DiGeorge Syndrome

Vittorio Sebastiano, PhD, and Katja Weinacht, MD, PhD, were awarded $850,000 from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to apply stem cell technology to treat children who have no functioning thymus.


Paul Blumenthal on Contraception in India

Stanford researchers and their colleagues have tested a new contraceptive device that they say could provide broader access to long-acting contraception in developing countries.


Grant Awarded to Study Whether Stem Cells Can Treat Urinary Incontinence

Bertha Chen, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will receive nearly $6 million from the state stem cell agency to support research into the use of stem cells to treat urinary incontinence.


Blood Test for Pregnant Women Can Predict Premature Birth

A Stanford-led team has shown measuring RNA fragments in a pregnant woman’s blood gives a reliable estimate of the baby’s due date and can predict if the baby will arrive prematurely.


What Everyone Should Know About HPV

During a recent talk, Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, PhD, a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, told the truths of HPV, sharing practical insights and lessons that are important to everyone's health.


Contraception: An Evolution and History

At the recent Stanford Women's Health Forum, Kate Shaw, MD, a clinical associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, spoke about the evolution and history of birth control.


Funding Awarded to Create 3D Human Placental Development Model

Stanford’s departments of obstetrics and gynecology and bioengineering will be able to combine their expertise in human embryology, placental development, clinical infertility, biomaterials and tissue engineering to generate an in vitro model system to characterize the earliest steps in human placenta formation.


Sheila Dolezal Wins Amy J. Blue Award

Sheila Dolezal, director of finance and administration in the department of obstetrics and gynecology, was honored May 15. 


The V Word

Drs. Jennifer Conti and Erica Cahill host The V Word, a new women’s health podcast that’s tackling all kinds of relevant health issues in an edgy, hilarious way.


For Pregnant Soldiers, Recent Deployment Linked to Higher Risk of Premature Delivery

Giving birth soon after military deployment is linked to greater risk of premature delivery, a Stanford study of U.S. servicewomen found, but deployment history itself does not raise prematurity risk.


Sleep Quality Improves with the Help of Incontinence Drug

A drug used to treat incontinence in women also shows promise in decreasing poor sleep. 


Immune System Changes During Pregnancy Are Precisely Timed

A woman's immune system changes throughout a normal pregnancy in a highly orchestrated manner, Stanford researchers found. The finding lay the groundwork for tests to predict preterm birth.


Elective Freezing of IVF Embryos Linked to Higher Pregnancy Rates in Some Cases

A study led by Stanford and a biotechnology company found that women who high progesterone levels when their eggs are retreived benefit from waiting to see embryos. 


Leslee Subak Appointed New Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Subak, who earned her medical degree at Stanford, is an expert in urogyencology, particularly in researching and treating urinary incontinence in women. 


Overflowing Lives

How urinary incontinence changes us.


Easy-to-Use IUD Inserter Could Aid Women Who Lack Access to Birth Control

The study of the new device, which is the copper variety, found that both health care providers adn women who had just given birth were satisfied with the experience.


Study Finds Benefits of Device for Inserting IUDs Shortly After Birth

A Stanford researcher helped devise a simple IUD inserter for use in developing countries to help women seeking contraceptive options after delivery. 


Eight Ways to See Inside: A Sampler of Diagnostics Emerging from Stanford

Stanford researchers collaborate on using imaging technology to select the best invitro-fertilized embryos to transfer into a patient. 


Side by Side by Side

Saving the Luevanos triplets.


Hello in There

See the fetus as a patient.


Ethiopia to Benefit from New Cervical-Cancer Diagnostic Tool

During a trip to Ethiopia, Stanford gynecologist Paul Blumenthal, MD, MPH, was stunned to learn that 60 percent of the patients referred to the country’s only cancer center were women with cervical cancer.