The division provides hospital-based services for examination of placentas and products of conception, as well as comprehensive fetal and neonatal post mortem exams. The Division of Perinatal and Developmental Pathology performs 4,000 to 5,000 examinations of placentas and products of conception per year, in addition to 200 to 250 perinatal autopsies. It also provides a consultative service for placentas and post mortem exams for hospitals in Southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut.
The division is an integral part of the multidisciplinary perinatology team at Women & Infants Hospital and the Fetal Treatment Program, a joint venture of Women & Infants Hospital and Lifespan - Hasbro Children's / Rhode Island Hospital .
The division members are conducting clinical research projects focusing on various aspects of placental and fetal pathology. Current basic research, involving the molecular regulation of fetal lung development, has been funded by external grants including the American Lung Association.