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See UW Medicine’s screening and testing algorithms, policy statements and protocols.
UW Medicine offers holistic healthcare services to women across the continuum from adolescence through late adulthood. UW Medicine provides wellness and preventive services as well as care for normal to high-risk pregnancies, and breast, gynecologic and pelvic health. Our experts care for women with complicated medical conditions (such as reproductive/infertility and gynecologic oncology) that may require minimally invasive procedures or comprehensive surgical care. In addition, UW Medicine is prepared to care for infants requiring special or intensive care services within our three Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). Our level 3 and level 4 NICUs provide the latest therapies for infants born preterm or those who require highly skilled care. Our physicians are researchers who are making medical discoveries that are improving the lives of women and infants throughout the world.
Laura Sienas, MD, defines endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and shares common examples. She reviews the impact that EDCs have on women's health topics and ways that physicians can advocate for their patients and their community.
Robert Harris, MD, MPH, FACR, reviews normal findings and landmarks in a first trimester ultrasound. He talks about some abnormal intrauterine findings and indications for first trimester ultrasounds.
Kemi M. Doll, MD, introduces theoretical grounding in health disparities research and reviews examples of applied theory to endometrial cancer disparities. A goal is to prompt providers to consider their own areas of work.
Catherine Albright, MD, MS, brings an understanding of pregnancy physiology and impact on congenital heart disease (CHD). presenter: Catherine Albright, MD, MS
Shani Delaney, MD, reviews the standard screening methods and their accuracy, the cell free DNA lab methods and how to apply cfDNA into practice.
Barbara Goff, MD, gives a presentation on the importance of mentorship, how to mentor, and how to seek out good mentorship.
Anna Kirby, MD, presents to help us understand the anatomy of vaginal support and when and why apical suspensions are indicated
Christie Walker, MD, discusses the intended original goals of prenatal care while increasing the awareness of the costs and the strengths and limitations of prenatal care.
Ellen Schur, MD, MS, links neuroscience to obesity and advises on how to approach clinical care for these patients.
Lauren Owens, MD, MPH, defines trauma and trauma-informed care, describes the prevalence of trauma among various populations, describes a trauma-informed approach to the pelvic exam and informs of a trauma-informed approach to labor and delivery.
Paul Pottinger, MD, FIDSA, provides an update on the current situation with HAIs, SSI, Influenza, Legionella, MRSA, & C.difficile in cesarean sections and hysterectomy.
Jonathan Wright, MD discusses the similarities between Prostate and Breast Cancer, including screening controversies & USPSTF, treatment paradigms & active surveillance for low risk disease, and BRCA mutations & how they are important for prostate cancer.
Jovana Martin, MD, MPH, reviews trends in increasing prevalence in cancer survivors. She also provides a review of surveillance methods for gynecological cancers and helps to understand the late effects of cancer treatment.
Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH, discusses what gut microbes have to do with chronic diseases such as diabetes, IBD, obesity, asthma, etc. Where do our bacteria come from? What is the bacteria we begin life with?
Kristina Adams Waldorf, MD covers many aspects of the significant and enduring public health challenge of the Zika Virus.
Tiffany Beck, MD, MPH, gives a review of menopause and health in the well woman and how it overlaps with the cancer survivorship population.
Timothy Mitchell, MD, talks about the history of marijuana, legalization, its targets and how it is consumed.
Swati Shree, MD, MHA, discusses the Rhesus system, Pathogenesis, screening, diagnosis and prevention of RhD alloimmunizaton. Dr. Shree also explains anti-D lg, unique scenarios and other national guidelines. She lastly discusses fetal RHD genotyping.
Anna Kirby, MD, gives an overview to understand the initial evaluation of urinary incontinence, when to refer and the treatments for urgency urinary incontinence.
Elizabeth Swisher, MD, Professor, provides an update on identifying the hereditary ovarian cancer risks since this has gone through a major transformation in the recent year.
Kathryn Pennington, MD, describes the patterns of care in treating ovarian cancer, while identifying women who are at risk.
In May 2011, Gretchen Pitkin delivered triplets at UW Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The three babies were in the NICU for various lengths of time, one for 100 days. They are now 15 months old and are thriving. Watch their amazing story.
UW Medical Center's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is one of our greatest prides.
Genevieve S. Neal-Perry MD, PhD, discusses fertility evaluation and management for couples or individuals looking to start a family.
Eli Y. Adashi, MD, focuses on diseases that derive from Mutant Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA).
Jim Evans, MD, discusses application of genomic medicine in the OB/GYN Clinic and in public health.
New innovative research projects aiming to prevent premature birth have been announced by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS), an initiative of Seattle Children's.
Denise Galloway, PhD, shares the natural history of genital HPV infection and evidence for their role in cancers, mechanisms by which HPVs contribute to cancer, and the development of vaccine to prevent HPV infection.
Protocols & Guidelines
University of Washington Medical Center Maternal Cardiopulmonary Protocol provides a summary of symptoms and signs, differential diagnosis and initial evaluation steps.
OB Consensus Statement on practice guidelines for hospital antepartum and postpartum services, reviewing indications for inpatient pharmacologic prophylaxis against thromboembolism.
Obstetric Consensus Conference, August 2019
Post-operative infections are the most common cause of postpartum morbidity and significantly affect maternal well-being as well as hospital readmissions.
Obstetric Consensus Statement, Revised April 2019
Maternal sepsis, especially puerperal sepsis, is a common pregnancy-related condition and in the United States (US) is a leading cause of maternal mortality.
OB Consensus Statement on Anticoagulation Management of Pregnant Women with Mechanical Heart Valves by maternal fetal medicine and cardiology team at University of Washington Medical Center.
University of Washington Comment on ARRIVE Trial Publication, Shani Delaney, M.D. response contact
OB Consensus Statement on Management of Acute severe hypertension in pregnancy by maternal fetal medicine team at University of Washington Medical Center
University of Washington presents the June 2018 Obstetric Consensus Conference. The objective is to evaluate the use of TXA for prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in the obstetric setting.
The purpose of this consensus statement is to provide perioperative guidelines that need to be considered when performing a cesarean section in an obese gravida.
Training, Education & Advocacy in Miscarriage Management
Information & Resources
January 30-31, 2020
UW Medicine sponsored Conference in Moses Lake, Washington on October 11 & 12, 2019.
In the present study, we report a community resource that includes "omics" data from approximately 12,000 samples as part of the integrative Human Microbiome Project.
Implementation of an ERAS pathway for women having planned or unplanned cesarean delivery was associated with significantly decreased postoperative length of stay and significant direct cost-savings per patient, without an increase in hospital readmissions.
UW Medicine has some of the highest success rates in the region for the care of gynecologic cancer, high-risk obstetrics, infertility, family planning and pelvic health issues.
Ann Stapleton, MD, shares her expertise in chronic UTIs in women in this patient information article.
This brochure explains services and providers at 2 UW Medicine clinics: the Maternal and Infant Care Clinic at UW Medical Center (UWMC) and the Maternal Fetal Medicine Clinic at Valley Medical Center.
Research & Publications