Women’s Health

Source: Tennessee Department of Health (graphic by Diana Duren)

Rising syphilis cases prompt more testing during pregnancy

When found and treated early with antibiotics, syphilis is curable. Untreated syphilis can cause deafness, blindness and irreversible heart and brain damage.

Kewanna Frierson and her daughter, Kennedi.

Lifting up voices to celebrate healthy Black births 

Celebration of Black Motherhood on April 20 elevates positive stories and experiences around Black births

First baby born in the new Labor and Delivery Rooms on 4 North

The new rooms are the latest in a series of obstetrical enhancements, including the Vanderbilt University Hospital Labor and Delivery Entrance, that provide more space for the increased volume of mothers delivering at VUH.

New Vanderbilt University Hospital Labor and Delivery entrance helps patients bypass Emergency Department

Pregnant patients who are more than 20 weeks along with a pregnancy-related health issue have a dedicated drop-off location. The VUH Labor and Delivery Entrance, located off 21st Avenue at the new Vivian Thomas Way stoplight, offers quick access to OB triage at Medical Center East’s second-floor entrance in the north tower.

Phase 3 CELLEBRATE trial testing regenerative stem cell-based therapy to improve urinary control for women

The Phase 3 CELLEBRATE trial to test a regenerative stem cell-based therapy in treating patients with stress urinary incontinence is continuing to recruit additional subjects after changing its study protocol to include only patients who have already tried surgery. 

Scalp cooling allows woman to keep hair during chemotherapy

The Food and Drug Administration first granted marketing approval for the DigniCap system for patients with breast cancer in 2015, then in 2017 the FDA expanded the authorization, making it the first cooling cap cleared for use in cancer patients with solid tumors, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer and colorectal cancer.

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