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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Archives

Opioid prescriptions after childbirth linked to increased risk of overdose, persistent use

Jun. 9, 2020—Women who are prescribed opioids after childbirth have an increased risk of persistent opioid use or other serious opioid-related events, including overdose, in their first year postpartum, according to a new study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers. This is true regardless of whether the woman had a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center to acquire Nashville location of Baby+Company

Mar. 10, 2020—To provide additional maternity care and a full spectrum of birthing experience options for patients, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has announced plans to acquire the Nashville location of Baby+Company, a freestanding birthing center that emphasizes a family-centered, low-intervention approach to delivery for uncomplicated pregnancies.

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Bundled maternity plan offered to VUMC, MNPS employees

Mar. 4, 2020—Hearing that she could deliver her second child with no out-of-pocket expense convinced Vanderbilt University Medical Center employee Amy New to enroll in the new MyMaternityHealth Bundle offered by Vanderbilt Health, and she quickly learned the program’s advantages didn’t stop there.

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Multisite study focuses on opioid use during pregnancy

Dec. 5, 2019—The Vanderbilt Maternal Addiction Recovery Program is participating in a 12-site clinical trial that will compare two forms of the medication buprenorphine in treating opioid use disorder during pregnancy, and the results could have a potentially significant impact on clinical practice.

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Retiring the wallpaper

Oct. 24, 2019—The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology recently kicked off the first phase of renovations for the Labor and Delivery unit. Staff from the department helped “retire” the wallpaper in the current delivery rooms by tearing it off the walls.

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Study seeks factors that increase risk of toxicant exposure

Sep. 19, 2019—Vanderbilt researchers hope to identify factors that may make humans more susceptible to toxicant exposure — specifically the presence of pre-existing inflammatory disease.

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New tool helps predict patients’ opioid needs after cesarean section

Aug. 29, 2019—Most women who undergo a cesarean section are sent home with more opioids than they need, but a significant proportion of women use all opioids and report unmet pain needs, according to Sarah Osmundson, MD, MS, assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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Effort seeks to improve safety of drugs given during pregnancy

Jul. 18, 2019—A 19-year-old student is leading a multi-institutional collaboration to identify drugs that can be prescribed safely to pregnant women without harming the fetus.

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists inducts Anderson as 70th president

May. 2, 2019—Ted Anderson, MD, PhD, Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was inducted May 5 as the 70th president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville.

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Women’s health, primary care clinics debut in Mt. Juliet

Apr. 4, 2019—Convenient women’s health, midwifery and primary care services are right around the corner for Mt. Juliet residents, with new Center for Women’s Health and family care clinics now open in Suite 120 of the 2025 building on North Mt. Juliet Road.

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VUMC Mourns the Passing of Howard W. Jones III, MD

Mar. 12, 2019—Howard W. Jones III, MD, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, former chair of the department and a world-renowned researcher into the causes and treatment of gynecologic cancer, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Saturday, March 9. He was 76.

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Clinic to aid uninsured women with substance use disorders

Feb. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB-GYN) was recently awarded a $200,000 grant by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) to provide increased access to medication-assisted treatment for uninsured women with substance use disorders.

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Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

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Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

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Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

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