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Women & Infants Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists Present at SMFM Pregnancy Meeting

Release Date: 03/07/2016

Several maternal-fetal medicine specialists from Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, presented research studies at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s (SMFM) annual meeting (The Pregnancy Meeting) in Atlanta, GA.


The Society’s Pregnancy Meeting regularly convenes each winter to share the latest innovation in clinical research and care through educational seminars and research presentations. Topics ranged from:

  • Cesarean birth.
  • Preconception counseling.
  • Infectious disease.
  • Pregnancy and Zika.
  • Weight in pregnancy.
  • Gestational diabetes.

The following presentations were delivered at the annual meeting by Women & Infants MFM specialists:

Catherine Albright, MD

  • “Development of a prediction model for cesarean-associated blood transfusion.” Authors: Catherine Albright, MD; Timothy Spillane, MD; Brenna Hughes, MD; and Dwight Rouse, MD.
  • “Group B streptococcus screening in women planning repeat cesarean deliveries: a cost-effectiveness analysis.” Authors: Catherine Albright, MD; Caitlin MacGregor, MD; Desmond Sutton, MD; Meena Theva, and Erika Werner, MD.
  • “Association between preconception counseling and vitamin intake among reproductive-aged women in the United States.”


Rosemary Froehlich, MD on behalf of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Units Network

  • “The association of estimated fetal weight and cesarean delivery in women attempting vaginal delivery at term.”


Brenna Hughes, MD

  • Infectious disease CME course co-director and lecture “CMV- the most common congenital infection you never think about.” Course Directors: Carey Eppes, MD and Brenna Hughes MD, MSc.
  • Presenter at joint SMFM/CDC presentation: “Pregnant women and Zika virus exposure”: An ad-hoc session was held at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) 36thAnnual Pregnancy Meeting to share knowledge and discuss clinical best practices for optimizing maternal and perinatal health in the face of the recent Zika virus epidemic. Dr. Laura Riley, SMFM’s immediate past president, Director of Labor and Delivery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and an obstetrical infectious diseases expert, organized a panel of leaders, including William Callaghan, MD, MPH, chief of the Maternal and Infant Health Branch of CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health; Brenna Hughes, MD, MSCR, associate professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; and R. Phillips Heine, MD, professor and division chief of maternal-fetal medicine at Duke University. This panel was tasked with relaying the released interim guidelines on the management of pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure.
  • Oral research presentation: “Randomized trial of behavioral change for cytomegalovirus risk reduction.” Authors: Brenna Hughes, MD; Christina Raker, MD; Kim Gans, MD; Evelyn Hipolito, MD; and Dwight Rouse, MD.


Lindsay Maggio, MD, former MFM fellow of Women & Infants Hospital.

  • “The association of BMI and wound infection after cesarean delivery.” Authors: Lindsay Maggio, MD; Rosemary Froehlich, MD; Joshua Dahlke, MD; Phinnara Has; Erika Werner, MD; Brenna Hughes, MD; and Dwight Rouse, MD.
  • “The association of Montevideo units and uterine rupture during trial of labor after cesarean delivery.” Authors: Lindsay Maggio, MD; Rosemary Froehlich, MD; Joshua Dahlke, MD; Phinnara Has; Dwight Rouse, MD; and Christina Davidson, MD.


Jeffery Sperling, MD

  • “Association between insulin delivery method and admission for glycemic control among pregnant women with type 1 diabetes mellitus.” Authors: Jeffrey D. Sperling, MD; Lindsay Maggio, MD; Phinnara Has; Julie Daley; and Erika Werner, MD.


Erika Werner, MD

  • “Is neonatal hypoglycemia association with childhood obesity in pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus?” Authors: Erika Werner, MD; Beth Elston; Valery Danilack, MD; and David Savitz.

“A prominent national meeting featuring so many faculty members from one hospital including experienced researchers and trainees is a true testament to our commitment of developing our physicians throughout their career,” said Maureen G. Phipps, MD, MPH, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and Care New England, chair and Chace-Joukowsky professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology and assistant dean for teaching and research in women's health at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and professor of epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. “The presentations showcased by this diverse group of experts are a testament to the MFM division at Women & Infants and the leading work they contribute to the overall field of maternal-fetal medicine, in addition to their premier clinical practice.”


About the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Society was established in 1977 to give Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians and scientists a place to share knowledge, research and clinical best practices in order to improve care for moms and babies. Maternal-fetal medicine physicians are obstetricians with additional training in the area of high-risk, complicated pregnancies. We specialize in treating the un-routine. Because of our additional training, we are involved in the latest advancements in maternal and fetal care. Each year at The Pregnancy Meeting, more than 2,000 MFM physicians and researchers gather to share new clinical strategies and research.


About Women & Infants Hospital 

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 9th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.