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Fibroids and birth outcomes

Sep. 8, 2020—Women with three or more uterine fibroids — non-cancerous growths — during pregnancy are more likely to have infants with reduced birthweight and may need additional surveillance.

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Study finds patients’ access to opioid treatment cumbersome

Aug. 14, 2020—Women are having a difficult time getting into treatment for opioid addictions, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published today in JAMA Open.

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Miscarriage risk increases each week alcohol is used in early pregnancy

Aug. 10, 2020—Each week a woman consumes alcohol during the first five to 10 weeks of pregnancy is associated with an incremental 8% increase in risk of miscarriage, according to a study published this week by Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers.

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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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Target trials support drug safety in pregnant patients

May. 27, 2020—Out of concern for fetal safety, pregnant people have typically been excluded from drug trials. And when human health is on the line, drug studies assessing fetal safety in animal models may be viewed as far from definitive.

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Women in criminal justice system less likely to receive evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder

May. 18, 2020—Pregnant women involved in the criminal justice system are disproportionately not receiving medications for opioid use disorder, as compared to their peers, according to a Vanderbilt-led study published today in PLOS Medicine.

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Researcher explores coronavirus risks for pregnant women

Mar. 30, 2020—The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is raising concern about the impact of the illness on pregnant women.

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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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Low-level alcohol use increases miscarriage risk

Aug. 8, 2019—Women who consume alcohol during pregnancy — even in small amounts — have a 19% greater risk of miscarriage than women who don’t use alcohol.

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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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In utero antibiotics and obesity risk

Jan. 31, 2019—Maternal antibiotic use during pregnancy was not associated with childhood obesity at age 5, according a national study led by a Vanderbilt pediatrician.

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