Genital and Urinary Tract Defects

Posted On: November 19, 2019 By Andrei Rebarber, MD

Although not as common as other birth defects, defects of the genitals and urinary system can be present at birth and require some interventions either prenatally or postnatally. About 1 in 500 babies are born with genital and urinary tract defects that can affect the way the body looks and works. Fortunately, many of these


How to Manage Your Diabetes During Pregnancy

Posted On: November 15, 2019 By Simi Gupta, MD

If you have diabetes and want to get pregnant, it’s important to know that diabetes doesn’t need to stop you from having a healthy pregnancy. Additionally, some women develop diabetes during pregnancy and still enjoy a happy and healthy birth. The best outcome is all about managing your diabetes properly with the right steps, so


Cleft Lip and Palate: What it Is and How to Prevent It

Posted On: October 3, 2019 By Nathan D. Fox, MD

A cleft lip or cleft palate happens when your baby’s upper lip and mouth doesn’t form completely. This results in an opening and is present at birth. Oral clefts (or orofacial clefts) occur in about 1 in 1,000 babies in the Unite States, meaning it’s a relatively common birth defect. It often happens early in


What to Know About cfDNA Prenatal Aneuploidy Screening

Posted On: August 29, 2019 By CIW

Prenatal aneuploidy screening tests for cell free DNA, or small fragments of DNA found in maternal blood during pregnancy. Many of these fragments come from the placenta and can be used to test for the chances of chromosomal disorders in the fetus during pregnancy. Chromosomal disorders most commonly include trisomy 21 or Down syndrome where


Association Between First-Trimester Subchorionic Hematomas and Pregnancy Loss in Singleton Pregnancies

Posted On: August 1, 2019 By Nathan D. Fox, MD

Subchorionic hematomas, or subchorionic hemorrhages, are common ultrasound findings in early pregnancy.   However, their significance is uncertain.  Some believe they increase the risk of many pregnancy complications, including pregnancy loss / miscarriage.  In this study of almost 3000 women, we found that Subchorionic hematoma does not increase the risk of pregnancy loss prior to 20


What You Should Know About Fetal Echocardiogram

Posted On: February 8, 2019 By Jennifer Lam-Rachlin, MD

Congenital heart diseases (CHDs) are the most common congenital anomalies with reported incidence of up to 75 per 1000 live births.  Approximately half or more of the CHDs are minor and are easily corrected by surgery; however, the remainder accounting for over half of the deaths from congenital abnormalities in childhood.  The reported incidence of


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