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Dec December 15 Mon 2014

Bay Area Doctor Still Defining Neonatal Care After 50 Years

Dr. Philip Sunshine is interviewed by KQED Public Radio in San Francisco about the 50+ years he's spent caring for newborns. He was one of the first doctors to put a newborn on a ventilator, and he advocated on behalf of parents being involved in the care of their baby in the nursery. Listen to the interview, here.

Dec December 08 Mon 2014

Expert in global health to join Stanford Medicine faculty

Dr. Gary Darmstadt joins the Division, coming to us from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Having dedicated his career to improving maternal and child health around the world, Darmstadt will bring an international, policy perspective to solving the mystery of preterm birth and reducing gender inequality in developing countries. Read more>>

Dec December 03 Wed 2014

Our satellite NICUs provide lifeline close to home

The Monterey Herald highlights the Level III NICU at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS). We partner with SVMHS to manage the care of sick infants born on the Central Coast. Anywhere from 160 to 200 babies (7 to 8 percent) are admitted into the 11-bed NICU each year; over half are premature. Dr. Robert Castro is quoted. Read more>>

Dec December 01 Mon 2014

Study suggests changes to brain scanning guidelines for preemies

Stanford led a multi-center study showing both MRI and cranial ultrasound performed closer to a preemie’s due date as opposed to her actual birthdate is more predictive of neurodevelopmental outcomes at 18 to 22 months of age. The study’s lead author Dr. Susan Hintz stresses the importance of continuing high-risk infant follow-up through early childhood. Read more>>

Nov November 17 Mon 2014

Solving the mystery of prematurity

Lucile Packard Children’s News features the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at Stanford, which is exploring the complex issue of preterm birth through transdisciplinary research. The center draws on the expertise of more than 200 specialists in obstetrics, statistics, sociology, microbiology, public health, nutrition, genetics, immunology and other fields. Drs. David Stevenson, Paul Wise, Gary Shaw, Maurice Druzin, and Jeffrey Gould, and administrative director Cele Quaintance are quoted. Read more>>

Nov November 17 Mon 2014

After the NICU

Children who are premature and weigh less than 3.3 pounds at birth are much more likely to survive than they were 50 years ago. This Lucile Packard Children’s News story details advances in follow-up care for high-risk infants and features neuroimaging research by Drs. Heidi Feldman and Susan Hintz. Read more>>

Nov November 06 Thu 2014

Women with PTSD face pregnancy risk

In a study of over 16,000 deliveries covered by the Veterans Health Administration, researchers found that women with PTSD one year before delivery were 35 percent more likely to give birth prematurely. Stress is believed to trigger early-onset labor. Several outlets, including CBS News, reported on the study and senior author Dr. Ciaran Phibbs is quoted. Read more >>

Oct October 01 Wed 2014

Stevenson becomes school's senior associate dean for maternal and child health

In a newly-created position, Dr. David Stevenson aims to integrate the vision and goals of the School of Medicine with those of Stanford Children's Health. Stevenson currently directs the hospital's Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services, and previously served for six years as the School of Medicine's vice dean and for 12 years as senior associate dean for academic affairs. Stanford Medicine News reports.  Read more >>

Aug August 15 Fri 2014

Surgeries allow baby – and his parents – to breathe easy

The Fetal and Pregnancy Health Program provides analysis and treatment to a pregnant mother and her baby who had a cyst growing in his lung. The fluid was drained from the cyst while the baby was still in utero, and immediately after the baby was delivered, a surgical team removed the cyst entirely. Stanford Medicine News reports, and Dr. Susan Hintz is quoted. Read more >>

Jun June 24 Tue 2014

Obesity before pregnancy linked to earliest preterm births Stanford/Packard study finds

If a mother is obese before getting pregnant, there is a greater likelihood that her baby will be born very preterm, at less than 28 weeks. Based on the data from nearly 1 million pregnancies in California, this finding was more pronounced in mothers carrying their first child. Stanford Medicine News reports, and Dr. Gary Shaw is quoted. Read more >> 

May May 19 Mon 2014

Racial disparities seen in rates of ER visits by newborns

African American newborns within the first month of life are seen about twice as often in emergency rooms than Hispanic or non-Hispanic white babies. Stanford Medicine News discusses this finding by Dr. Henry Lee and colleagues. Lee says it underscores a need to improve care delivery for all newborns in order to reduce racial and socioeconomic disparities. Read more >>