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SMFM Conference Coverage

January 27-30, 2017 | by Anne Jacobson

Oxytocin-related gene expression predicts outcomes in induced near-term labor

January 27, 2017

Researchers examine whether maternal genotype could explain the variations in oxytocin dosing and labor outcomes among pregnant women induced near term. [Read more]

Women’s knowledge of Zika virus drives decisions on prenatal screening and invasive testing

January 27, 2017

Study findings support the critical role of education in helping patients make informed decisions about their pregnancy care. [Read more]

New wound protocol reduces surgical-site infections after cesarean delivery

January 27, 2017

NPWT reduces surgical-site infections after cesarean delivery in morbidly obese women without having to rely on antibiotics. [Read more]

Most pregnant women desire additional testing to inform their decisions about Zika virus

January 28, 2017

Patient preferences for testing and diagnosis should factor into algorithms for managing exposure to Zika virus. [Read more]

Cervical microbiome diversity may contribute to high preterm birth rates in black women

January 28, 2017

A relationship between cervical microbiome diversity and preterm birth could be mediated by a mechanism other than inflammation. [Read more]

Maternal childhood trauma predicts inflammatory imbalances during pregnancy

January 28, 2017

Trauma during childhood has lasting effects on a woman’s physiology, resulting in imbalances in inflammatory cytokines that persist through pregnancy. [Read more]

Childhood poverty alters immune system function in pregnant women

January 29, 2017

Study results showed a significant interaction between childhood disadvantage and immune/inflammatory responses over the course of pregnancy. [Read more]

Quality-improvement initiative reduced wound complications after cesarean delivery

January 29, 2017

Implementing evidence-based improvement measures reduced the risk of surgical-site infections after cesarean delivery by 70%. [Read more]

Study results show minimal to no transfer of certolizumab pegol into breast milk

January 29, 2017

Continued treatment with certolizumab pegol is compatible with breastfeeding in mothers with chronic inflammatory diseases. [Read more]

TNF levels implicated in response to antidepressant treatment in pregnant women

January 30, 2017

Higher baseline levels of TNF may predict a poor response to antidepressants among women with perinatal depression. [Read more]

Inflammation not to blame for adverse pregnancy outcomes in women with depression

January 30, 2017

Despite maternal IL-6 levels and adverse pregnancy outcomes both being linked to depression, researchers say they are not associated with each other. [Read more]

High levels of magnesium in cord blood may adversely affect non-neurologic outcomes in infants

January 30, 2017

Researchers question the optimal dosing of magnesium sulfate supplements during pregnancy. [Read more]