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

Posted On: October 3, 2019 By admin_ciw

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


What is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?

Posted On: October 11, 2018 By CIW

If you have ever heard the term “maternal-fetal medicine specialist”, you may have asked yourself “what exactly do those specialists do?” In short, maternal-fetal medicine specialists take care of complicated pregnancies, which can encompass many things. Their duties may include: Regular prenatal care for women with high-risk pregnancies. Helping to manage a mother’s existing health


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