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Elizabeth and Bruce Dunlevie donate $80 million to improve the health of mothers and babies
The gift will help advance the science and practice of maternal-fetal medicine and fund new facilities to increase access to care at Stanford Medicine.
Stanford Health Care affiliates highlight gaps in LGBTQ+ health care delivery
Stanford Health Care leaders highlighted health disparities among LGBTQ+ individuals in a Thursday webinar about the emerging LGBTQ+ Health Program designed to serve gender and sexual minorities in the Bay Area and beyond.
Immigrant Women are Essential: Sociocultural Factors Clinicians Should Know During Times of Crisis
As health care and economic resources are diverted to what is deemed "essential" during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonathan Shaw, MD, discusses unique sociocultural challenges faced by immigrant women that contribute to health disparities on KevinMD's blog.
Guidance Helps Clinicians Counsel Transgender Patients on Contraception
More research is needed about contraceptive needs and health effects on transgender and gender-diverse people.
Post-Abortion and Postpartum IUDs Can Help Prevent Rapid Repeat Pregnancy
Lisa Goldthwaite, MD, and fellow, Sarah Petersen, MD, and their publication in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology were featured in The Stanford Daily article "Post-abortion and postpartum IUDs can help prevent repeat pregnancy, Stanford researchers say" .
Behind the Scenes with the Co-Director of the PRIDE Study
In our "Behind the Scenes" series, Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, researchers and staff members share a glimpse of their daily lives. For Stanford obstetrician/gynecologist Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, there is no typical day. Part of what she loves about her job is that every day is different.
Old Human Cells Rejuvenated with Stem Cell Technology
In a report first published in Nature Communications and now in Stanford Medicine's News Center and the New York Times, Stanford researchers and their colleagues have found old human cells can become more youthful by coaxing them to briefly express proteins used to make induced pluripotent cells.
MCHRI Awards a Clinical Educators Grant
Kay Daniels, MD; Amy Judy, MD, MPH; and Katherine Bianco, MD, received a Clinician Educators grant from MCHRI to measure the effectiveness of a training program developed at Stanford called Global Outreach Mobile Obstetrics Medical Simulation (GOMOMS).
"We Will Fight for Your Baby"
A New York Times advertorial explains how a hospital saved a child before he was born — and again at age 2.
LGBTQ+ Doulas Help New Parents Thrive, No Matter How They Identify
For expectant and new parents, queer doulas can provide lifesaving patient advocacy, affirmation, and harm reduction, filling in crucial healthcare industry gaps.
Expanding Access to Postpartum Contraception
Stanford’s Family Planning researchers continue to investigate barriers to postpartum contraception access, and their discoveries have the potential to shift current best practice in post-delivery IUD insertion.
For Transgender Men, Pain of Menstruation is More than Just Physical
Safety concerns and a lack of access to menstruation products are among the issues trans and gender-nonconforming people face during "that time of the month." Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is quoted in NBC story.
Pilot Evaluation Study of Simulation-Based Training to Improve Emergent Obstetric Procedures in Low Resource Settings within the United States
Clinician Educators grant from Stanford’s Maternal & Child Health Research Institute, Drs. Kay Daniels, Amy Judy and Katherine Bianco will be able to validate this educational program in the USA and gather important preliminary data in order to apply for larger funding from the NIH to train additional teams and implement the program on a larger scale.
5 Questions with Stanford's Transdiscplinary Preeclampsia Research Team
Adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially preeclampsia, appear to have long-term effects on cardiovascular health. We designed the EPOCH (Effect of Preeclampsia On Cardiovascular Health) study to look at potential pathways that might link preeclampsia during pregnancy to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke decades later.
Stanford Obstetricians Take Medical Simulations to Central America
Stanford obstetricians are using simulation training to help colleagues in Central America learn new techniques to treat childbirth emergencies.
California's Model for Reducing C-Sections Can Help the Rest of the Country
Elliot Main, MD, heads the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, which aims to improve the state’s maternal health care and outcomes.
The "All of Us" Cohort - Progress Report
In The New England Journal of Medicine, with more than one fifth of the target enrollment completed, the investigators report on progess and challenges.
The PRIDE Study
In the Journal of Americal Medical Informatics Association June 2019 issue, Dr. Juno Obedin-Maliver's national research study focused on a digital health research platform for community engagement, recruitment and retention of sexual gender minority adults.
Trans Dads Tell Doctors: 'You Can Be a Man and Have a Baby'
Transgender men say they face misinformation, bias and a lack of understanding from the medical establishment when they decide to start a family.
Trump’s Military Ban Ignores Science to Inflict Harm
Trump's transgender military ban becomes reality: openly transgender people cannot join the military — and many who are already within its ranks can face discharge if they receive a gender dysphoria diagnosis while serving.
‘The V Word’ Podcast: Stanford Doctors’ Podcast Tackles Topics Some Women Don’t Talk About
From sex to politics to tragedy, Drs. Cahill and Conti tackle it all.
Opening the OB/GYN Door for Sexual and Gender Minority Patients
In Contemporary OB/GYN, Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD, MPH, MAS, found that OB/GYNS who are open, accepting and supportive of the SGM community can help eliminate critical health disparities and also reap benefits for their practices.
Predicting and Preventing Preterm Births
Over the last decade, Stanford’s top obstetricians, neonatologists, geneticists, microbiologists, immunologists, epidemiologists, health policy experts and bioengineers have been investigating the basic science of preterm birth. They’re explaining how it is triggered and what factors put a pregnancy at risk for ending early.
$6 Million Grant to Support Study of Preeclampsia, Atherosclerosis Links
Mark Hlatky, MD, and Virginia Winn, MD, PhD, were recently awarded a $6 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study the links between preeclampsia in pregnant women and the subsequent risk of atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in and on artery walls, in women as they grow older.
Visible and Valued: Stanford Medicine’s First-ever LGBTQ+ Forum
A “chosen family” is how some of the speakers described their colleagues here during the first-ever Stanford Medicine LGBTQ+ Forum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.