SMFM features the work of many UNC OB-GYN faculty and researchers

Game-changing news about induction, 28 posters and two oral presentations came from UNC OB-GYN faculty and fellows in attendance at the annual meeting of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at UNC OB-GYN had a strong showing at the recent Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) Annual Meeting held Jan. 29 – Feb. 3, 2018 in Dallas, TX.

The list of posters, abstracts and presentations, along with their authors are listed here.

"Our division had a strong presence at the SMFM meeting, with two oral scientific presentations and 28 poster presentations," said Dr. M. Kathryn Menard, division chief for UNC Maternal-Fetal Medicine. "We are particular proud of the work put forward by our very talented and hardworking fellows."

Also making news at the SMFM meeting was the announcement of the results from the ARRIVE trial, which suggests that induced labor after 39 weeks in healthy women may reduce the need for cesarean section.

The ARRIVE trial is the work of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. UNC-Chapel Hill is one of 12 network centers that contributed data to the findings.

Dr. John Thorp, McAllister Distinguished Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, leads the UNC site's efforts for MFMU. Dr. Kim Boggess, professor of maternal-fetal medicine, was the protocol investigator physician author representing UNC on the publication.

Dr. Thorp thanked the research nurses, who he said re the crucial players in all their projects and acknowledged the multicenter nature of the UNC part of the study – UNC was able to partner with Wake Medical Center, Wake Health Department and Greenville Health System in South Carolina.

"This clinical trial demonstrates the that, rather than increasing cesarean risk, induction in the week before a women's due date actually lowered that likelihood," he said. "These results will prompt every pregnant women and her clinician to consider induction of her labor in the 39th week of pregnancy."

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