The only program of its kind in the United States, this weekly tumor board-style conference brings together a multidisciplinary team of obstetrical medicine internists, obstetricians, specialists, pharmacists, and nurses, to provide preconception counseling or discuss recommendations for care during pregnancy, delivery, and the postpartum period, for women whose pregnancy is complicated by a medical condition.
What is the Specialty Care in Pregnancy Program (SCIPP)?
Coordinated by the Center for Obstetric and Consultative Medicine, the Women & Infants Hospital Specialty Care in Pregnancy Program (SCIPP) has two components: a weekly conference and a weekly patient clinic. Both are held on Fridays.
The weekly conference brings a multidisciplinary team together to consult on cases of women whose pregnancy, or plans for pregnancy, are complicated by a medical condition. The team discusses preconception counseling and recommends a plan of care for the patient's pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum period.
Each week, there is an area of focus: Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Pulmonology, or Rheumatology. Patients are discussed by obstetric medicine (OB Med) physicians, obstetricians, a specialist (e.g., cardiologist, hematologist, etc.), pharmacy, anesthesia, labor and delivery nurses, and other disciplines as needed.
Following the SCIPP conference, a small team comprised of an OB Med physician, OB Med fellow, a specialist, and a registered nurse, see SCIPP patients. At these visits care providers examine the patient, arrange for additional testing and follow-up, and share our recommendations for the plan of care with the patient.
A coordinated plan is developed in collaboration with the patient's referring health care provider.