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CDC urges COVID vaccines during pregnancy as delta surges

For some pregnant patients critically ill with COVID-19, organs begin to fail and doctors induce labor early or deliver babies...

New moms get COVID-19 vaccine without leaving delivery room at BJC

Marta Perez, MD, and Emily Cooke, clinical pharmacist are interviewed on the increased access of the COVID vaccine after delivery.

The COVID-19 Vaccine and Fertility

Omurtag named Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility

Kenan Omurtag, M.D. has accepted the role as our Division Chief of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility effective June 1, 2021.

Sarah England in her lab Solutions that Scale for Maternal-Child Health Disparities

MDisrupt Presents: Sarah England, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, on Solutions that Scale for Maternal-Child Health Disparities

MDisrupt Podcasts

“Access to Care” Navigating Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: A PECaD Town Hall

Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities focuses on Access to Care for Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings


Wash U doctor: Black women are 3 times more likely to die during pregnancy, child birth

This week is Black Maternal Health week and new studies show Black women are three times more likely to die...

Doctors urge prospective parents to get COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccines do not impact sperm count, fertility treatment, or a woman's ability to get pregnant, research shows

Study: Breast milk of moms vaccinated against COVID-19 contains protective antibodies for at least 80 days

For breastfeeding moms, COVID-19 vaccinations may also protect babies

Major boost in COVID-19 antibodies seen in breast milk after vaccination

School of Medicine news release

Statement on Violence and Racism against Asians

Dear Community, On behalf of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University in St. Louis, we condemn the...

Interview with a Fertility Specialist: Covid Vaccine in Pregnancy & Infertility

Dr. Anthony Odibo named Chief of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Dr. Odibo is an internationally renowned Maternal-Fetal Medicine expert with an incredible track record in research.  

Infertility, bad side effects, and more: St. Louis doctors debunk the COVID-19 vaccine myths

Some Missouri residents might still be hesitant to receive the vaccine.

St. Louis doctor addresses COVD-19 vaccine infertility myth

The World Health Organization is updating its guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women after a statement earlier this...

COVID-19 impact on pregnant women focus of NIH grant

Study will evaluate testing access and if pregnant women with COVID-19 need specialized care

School of Medicine news release

Carter named Director of OBGYN Clinical Research Division

School of Medicine news release

Monitoring labor in pregnancy aim of grant to develop imaging technology

Researchers receive funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help develop low-cost, bedside equipment for people in underserved regions

School of Medicine news release

Hundreds of people, some wearing scrubs and white coats, stand on a sidwalk with signs and raised fists. Department of OBGYN Statement on Anti-Black Racism

As clinicians caring for patients at Washington University Medical Center/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, we raise our voices to break the silence that...

Dr. Dineo Khabele; new Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dean Perlmutter announces Dr. Dineo Khabele as new Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology

EMMI imaging to give insights into preterm labor

Dr. Michael Nelson receives the “Neville Grant Award for Clinical Excellence”

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology would like to congratulate D. Michael Nelson, MD, PhD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, on being awarded...

Twinkle, Twinkle Little NICU Stars

In honor of prematurity awareness month, Dr. Molly Stout was interviewed for a video that was used on the St....

When Giving Birth For The First Time, Push Away

findings suggest that women becoming moms for the first time should begin pushing right away when they become completely dilated,...


Inducing labor at 39 weeks reduces likelihood of C-sections

No increased risks to newborns, study shows

Critical connections

New integrated center changes care model for women and babies

Outlook Magazine

Understanding the importance of the fourth trimester care for new mothers

Dr. Camaryn Chrisman Robbins discusses why the fourth trimester is a critical time for mom and baby


Family-friendly care for Barnes-Jewish, Children’s hospital patients

New configuration at the Women & Infants Center brings mothers who have high-risk or complicated labor and deliveries much closer...

St. Louis American

Parents share story of in-utero Spina bifida surgery in St. Louis

Dr. Michael Bebbington talks about in-utero Spina bifida surgery, the first of its kind at Barnes-Jewish Hospital


New inpatient towers cater to women, infants, cancer patients

Fostering the infant-parent bond motivated the design of this new center

School of Medicine news release

Dr. Emily Jungheim’s plan to save a cervical cancer patient’s fertility

Dr. Emily Jungheim discusses treatment and the importance of cervical cancer awareness

Courtney Banzer, 27, receives an HPV vaccine from Dana Varon at Harborview Women's Research clinic in Seattle. (Benjamin Benschneider/Seattle Times/MCT) Why risk it? Protect your child against cancer

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Most infants first come into contact with microbes during birth — or so researchers have assumed. Credit: Edgard Garrido/Reuters Could baby’s first bacteria take root before birth?

The womb was thought to be sterile, but some scientists argue that it’s where the microbiome begins.

Trump contraceptive move could lead to more abortions

Jeffrey Peipert and David Eisenberg comment on cut back of free birth control requirement.

NBC News

Sarah England in her lab Washington People: Sarah England

Noted researcher encourages tenacity and tackling new challenges.

School of Medicine news release

Study volunteer Catherine Miele holds her son Robert as K. Vadivu, MD (right), a visiting obstetrician/gynecologist from India, practices scanning techniques. Ultrasound trainees visit Medical Campus as part of international study

Trial will evaluate if clean-fuel stoves can reduce household pollution.

School of Medicine news release

Malaria drug protects fetuses from Zika infection

Treatment prevents virus from crossing placenta to infect fetus, mouse study shows.

School of Medicine news release

Makeup of vaginal microbiome linked to preterm birth

Study conducted in primarily African-American population.

School of Medicine news release

Science Matters: Stopping Zika

Finding ways to stop epidemics like Zika inspires Indira Mysorekar, PhD.

YouTube: Washington University School of Medicine

Tuuli receives national clinical research award

Publication compared skin antiseptic agents at cesarean delivery.

School of Medicine news release

a bladder cell (blue) that has been exposed to G. vaginalis is dying and detaching from its neighboring cells (teal), revealing immature cells below (purple). Vaginal bacteria can trigger recurrent UTIs, study shows

Findings help explain UTI link to sexual activity.

School of Medicine news release

Detecting, diagnosing women’s cancers in new ways

Ob/gyn faculty collaborating with engineering school to study new cancer imaging techniques.

Washington University news release

Emily S. Jungheim, MD, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, examines oocytes retrieved during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure. Insurance coverage for IVF increases chance of having baby

Without coverage, many cannot afford multiple infertility treatments.

School of Medicine news release

Stomach flutters, sweaty palms, sheer joy at Match Day

Medical students find out their destinations for residency training.

School of Medicine Record story

How a St. Louis nonprofit is helping Ethiopian girls stay in school

Dr. Lewis Wall and his wife founded Dignity Period with a clear mission in mind.

Riverfront Times

Hospital abortions may save lives, but Missouri will cut funds to organizations that provide them

Dr. David Eisenberg discusses risks involved in penalizing hospital abortions.

St. Louis Public Radio

Medical School leadership team recruits new physician executive

Hopkins nephrologist will lead Washington University Physicians.

School of Medicine news release

Resisting Zika: Tackling a global crisis from multiple directions

Washington University School of Medicine is a hotspot of Zika research.

Outlook Magazine

Antibody protects developing fetus from Zika virus, mouse study shows

First intervention shown to prevent maternal-fetal transmission.

School of Medicine news release

Future physicians honor medical faculty, residents

Ceremony highlights Distinguished Service Teaching Awards.

School of Medicine news release