SMFM is closely monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19).We are compiling resources to support the work of OB care providers and their patients. SMFM members are invited to join our new online community dedicated to COVID-19. Engage with other MFMs, share clinical cases and resources from your institution, and see what others are doing.
March 31, 2020: SMFM and ACOG wrote a letter to the CDC as a follow-up to a phone conversation regarding PPE for obstetric care personnel in the labor and delivery unit. On the call, SMFM and ACOG expressed concern that CDC guidance is being interpreted to suggest that OB care clinicians need not wear N95 masks and face shields when attending to patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 during the second stage of labor. The CDC clarified their recommendation on the use of such PPE.
March 31, 2020: SMFM issues "COVID-19: Changes in Pregnancy and Maternity CareAdvice for Women and Their Families"
March 30, 2020: SMFM, ACOG, AAFP and ACNM issue a statement on the safety of birth in hospitals and birth centers.
March 30, 2020: SMFM issues a public statement acknowledging the CDC and their willingness to discuss the need for adequate PPE in labor and delivery.
March 27, 2020: SMFM and the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology (SOAP) issues a new statement, Labor and Delivery COVID-19 Considerations
March 25, 2020: SMFM released a podcast featuring Drs. Laura Riley, Brenna Hughes, and Suwan Mehra as they discuss frequently asked questions from MFMs about COVID-19. (Listener Note: Since this episode was recorded, Weill Cornell Medicine's visitor policy for women in labor has decreased from one visitor to zero visitors during this time.) Listen to it here:
March 25, 2020: SMFM hosted a live webinar with Drs. Cornelia Graves, Dena Goffman, Torre Halscott, and Micheal Dombrowski, "COVID-19 and ICU: Respiratory Failure in Pregnancy." The recorded version of this webinar is available here:
March 25, 2020: SMFM joined major medical and scientific organizations, universities, and others to write to President Trump, asking that he lift the restrictions on federally funded research using human fetal tissue.
March 25, 2020: SMFM and ACOG wrote to the Department of Labor asking that when they issue guidance specific to addressing COVID-19, they include medical professionals who are engaged in essential direct patient care as “health care providers.”
March 25, 2020: SMFM issued a public statement on PPE, including N-95 masks, in labor and delivery.
March 24, 2020: SMFM's COVID-19 Ultrasound Practice Suggestions
March 19, 2020: SMFM hosted a live webinar with Drs. Judette Louis, Christina Han, and Kimberly Ma, "COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Preparing your Obstetrical Units." The recorded version of this webinar is available here:
March 18, 2020: SMFM Coding White Paper: Interim Coding Guidance: Coding for Telemedicine and Remote Patient Monitoring Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic
March 18, 2020: SMFM joined ACOG, the Society for Family Planning, and other national organizations to issue a statement discouraging hospitals from classifying pregnancy termination as an elective procedure in their COVID-19 planning.
March 18, 2020: Together with the Coalition to Advance Maternal Therapeutics, SMFM wrotes to the NIH and FDA to call for inclusion of pregnant and lactating women in clinical trials related to COVID.
March 17, 2020: SMFM partnered with Baby Center to create Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pregnancy FAQs: Medical Experts Answer your Questions
March 17, 2020: SMFM updated its March 11 statement Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What Maternal-Fetal Medicine Subspecialists Need to Know
March 16, 2020: SMFM joined ACOG, ASRM and others national organizations to provide recommendations for obstetrician-gynecologists regarding the American College of Surgeons’ statement on elective surgery and the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation that hospitals suspend elective surgeries during the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 16, 2020: SMFM is offering components of our online Critical Care Course at no cost. Clinicians can ramp up capacity for COVID-19 with our new bundle (non-CME) that covers: Pulmonary Hypertension, Pulmonary Embolism, Hemodynamic Monitoring and Mechanical Ventilation, Sepsis, and ARDS/Respiratory Failure.
March 11, 2020: SMFM Statement: Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Pregnancy: What Maternal-Fetal Medicine Subspecialists Need to Know (UPDATED VERSION NOW AVAILABLE - See March 17, 2020 post)
MFM Fellow Lecture Webinar: “Critical Care Basics” by Dr. Lauren Plante
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Clinician Outreach and Community Activity Calls and Recorded Webinars
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Coronavirus Partner Toolkit, FAQs for State Medicaid Agencies, and Medicaid Section 1135 Waivers for 11 Additional States Approved
Pregnancy & COVID Registry: The University of California San Francisco and University of California Los Angeles launched a nationwide COVID-10 outcomes registry of pregnant women who are either under investigation for COVID-19 or have been confirmed to have COVID-19. The PRIORITY Study aims to gather data quickly to provide information that improves patient care during this pandemic. .
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM): Patient Management and Clinical Recommendations During The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic
Kaiser Family Foundation: Novel Coronavirus “COVID-19”: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women
Infectious Diseases Society of America - COVID-19: What You Need to Know
Johns Hopkins University - Coronavirus Global Tracker
An Update on SMFM Events
The safety of our members, staff, business partners, and all those who participate in SMFM meetings and events is of utmost importance. At this time, SMFM has cancelled or postponed the following in-person educational offerings.
- The second session of the Dan O'Keeffe SMFM Leadership Academy, originally scheduled for March 27-29, 2020 in Denver. POSTPONED, new date TBD.
The joint SMFM-ISUOG symposium, State of the Art Ultrasound in Pregnancy, scheduled for April 16-18, 2020 in Washington, DC. CANCELLED.
The spring Coding Course for MFM, scheduled for April 30 - May 1, 2020 in San Diego. CANCELLED.
We recognize that this situation is rapidly evolving. Decisions regarding each SMFM event will be determined independently as factors affecting one event may not affect another.
If you have registered for an SMFM event and you become ill or your institution suspends non-essential travel, SMFM will refund your registration fee and waive all cancellation fees. Please contact Jessica Sheehan at email@example.com to process a refund.
Page Last Updated: March 25, 2020