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Operative vaginal delivery: checklists for performance and documentation
Operative vaginal delivery: checklists for performance and documentation

The frequency of operative vaginal delivery has been declining, even though it can be an attractive alternative to cesarean delivery in selected cases. Performance of operative vaginal delivery requires consideration of many indications, contraindications, and prerequisites. Optimal documentation... Continue Reading

Date posted01/1/2024


Current Approaches to Measuring Quality of Care in Obstetrics
Current Approaches to Measuring Quality of Care in Obstetrics

Heath care measurement and evaluation is an integral piece of the health care system. The creation and assessment of care performance metrics are important and relevant for the obstetric community including both clinicians and patients. Careful deliberation is required to create a measurement... Continue Reading

Date posted01/1/2024


Workshop on developing optimal maternal-fetal medicine ultrasound practice
Workshop on developing optimal maternal-fetal medicine ultrasound practice

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Date posted11/12/2023


Prophylactic low-dose aspirin for preeclampsia prevention—quality metric and improvement
Prophylactic low-dose aspirin for preeclampsia prevention—quality metric and improvement

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Date posted11/9/2023


Treatment and Management of Mental Health Conditions During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Treatment and Management of Mental Health Conditions During Pregnancy and Postpartum

PURPOSE To assess the evidence regarding safety and efficacy of psychiatric medications to treat mental health conditions during pregnancy and lactation. The conditions reviewed include depression, anxiety and anxiety-related disorders, bipolar disorder, and acute psychosis. For information on... Continue Reading

Date posted11/6/2023


Screening and Diagnosis of Mental Health Conditions During Pregnancy and Postpartum
Screening and Diagnosis of Mental Health Conditions During Pregnancy and Postpartum

PURPOSE To review evidence on the current understanding of mental health conditions in pregnancy and postpartum, with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders, and to outline guidelines for screening and diagnosis that are consistent with best available scientific evidence. The conditions or... Continue Reading

Date posted11/5/2023


Curriculum outline on patient safety and quality for maternal-fetal medicine fellows
Curriculum outline on patient safety and quality for maternal-fetal medicine fellows

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Date posted11/4/2023


Rate of postpartum diabetes screening after pregnancies with gestational diabetes mellitus
Rate of postpartum diabetes screening after pregnancies with gestational diabetes mellitus

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Date posted11/2/2023


SMFM Special Statement: Clinical quality measures in obstetrics
SMFM Special Statement: Clinical quality measures in obstetrics

This article provides an updated overview and critique of clinical quality measures relevant to obstetrical care. ThehistoryofthequalitymovementintheUnitedStatesandtheproliferationofqualitymetricsover the past quarter-century are reviewed. Continue Reading

Date posted11/1/2023


Nuchal Translucency Credentialing & Coding
Nuchal Translucency Credentialing & Coding

Authors: The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Coding Committee; Steve Rad, MD, FACOG; Brad Hart, MBA, MS, CPC, CPMA, COBGC; Vanita Jain, MD, FACOG. Background: First trimester screening includes biochemical markers, fetal nuchal translucency (NT) assessment via ultrasound (CPT 76813;... Continue Reading

Date posted08/17/2023


Being Exposed to Wildfire Smoke Increases Risk of Going into Labor Prematurely
Being Exposed to Wildfire Smoke Increases Risk of Going into Labor Prematurely

San Francisco, Calif. ― The detrimental effects of poor air quality on a person’s health are well documented. In pregnant people, research has shown that poor air quality, such as smog, can lead to a number of adverse outcomes, including preterm birth (PTB), one of the leading causes of... Continue Reading

Date posted02/11/2023


Study of FDA-cleared Device to Treat Postpartum Hemorrhage Finds Device Highly Safe and Effective
Study of FDA-cleared Device to Treat Postpartum Hemorrhage Finds Device Highly Safe and Effective

Novel Device Offers Care Teams Another Way to Manage this Potentially Life-threatening Condition San Francisco, Calif. ― Postpartum hemorrhage — severe bleeding after childbirth — is a leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide. There have been few innovations in treatment in recent... Continue Reading

Date posted02/10/2023