Women’s Health Series: Meghan’s Maternal-fetal Medicine Story

After having a miscarriage, Meghan worried that she may never be able to experience motherhood. Diagnosed at birth with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), she was at risk for multiple complications during pregnancy that might have limited her ability to carry a baby to full term. Meghan became pregnant again and began seeing maternal-fetal medicine expert Ellen Delpapa, MD. Dr. Delpapa oversaw the pregnancy, monitored Meghan’s health closely, and happily helped her deliver a beautiful baby girl. Watch Meghan’s story below, then visit SimplyWomen to learn how we’re making women’s health care simple. #SimplyWomen

Join the Fetal Anomaly CNE Program for Nurses

Fetal Anomaly: Caring and Preparing, a continuing education program for nurses, will be offered Saturday, April 28, 9 am to 1:30 pm in the Amphitheater on the Memorial Campus. Program participants will learn to describe genetic counseling approaches for patients following the diagnosis of fetal anomaly, learn about local consultation services for families, participate in case discussions, identify strategies for prenatal education, and discuss certification for the emerging specialty of fetal nurse coordinator. There is a $30 fee registration fee to attend, and participants will earn four CNE contact hours. Contact Cathy Violette with questions or register online by Saturday, April 14.


Dr. Delpapa: Managing Opioid Addiction During Pregnancy

With the continuous rise in opioid addiction, caregivers are seeing a growing number of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers. In the Health Watch segment, below, Ellen Delpapa, MD, chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, explained how medical-assisted recovery treatments help curb a mother’s cravings which helps manage the level of withdrawal a baby will have to endure after birth. Dr. Delpapa cares for pregnant women battling opioid addiction at the Medical Center’s Green Clinic and the state-funded Moms Do Care resource program.

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Welcomes Dr. Heidi Leftwich

Dr.LeftwichHeidi Leftwich, DO, a graduate of Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Blackburg, VA is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Leftwich completed her residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and her maternal-fetal medicine fellowship at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She is practicing on our Memorial Campus. To schedule an appointment call 508-334-0550. See online profile; visit website.