Great Expectations: New Developments in Prenatal and Fertility Care

1PM – 2PM | Bornstein Amphitheatre
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About the Session

With new science emerging almost daily and frequent changes in regulations and recommendations, the fields of obstetrics and fertility are constantly evolving. For couples trying to conceive, parents-to-be and other family members, the information deluge can be overwhelming; whether it’s in the form of advice from well-intentioned parents or new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, navigating all of the latest recommendations is daunting. Luckily, our experts are here to help. During this session, they will share the latest developments in pregnancy diagnostics, pre-natal screening, egg/sperm donation and in vitro fertilization (IVF). Panelists will highlight pregnancy-related concerns, such as those posed currently by Zika virus, in each of these specializations along with the public health policies around this area. You’ll learn more about what BWH is doing to ensure that all of our patients, especially in the light of the Zika threat, receive the best fertility/pregnancy/prenatal care to meet their needs.

Speakers


MODERATOR
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  • Carey Goldberg
    Health & Science Reporter, WBUR

 

PANELISTS:

  • Catherine M. Brown, DVM, MSc, MPH
    Deputy State Epidemiologist/State Public Health Veterinarian

 

  • Elizabeth S. Ginsburg, MD
    Medical Director, Assisted Reproductive Technologies Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School

 

  • Louise Wilkins-Haug
    Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
    Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
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Catherine M. Brown, DVM, MSc, MPH
Deputy State Epidemiologist/State Public Health Veterinarian

Dr. Catherine Brown has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s of Science in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College, in London and a Master’s of Public Health from Boston University. She has been with the Department of Public Health since 2006 and serves as the Deputy State Epidemiologist and the State Public Health Veterinarian. She oversees surveillance for and educational outreach on both zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

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Elizabeth S. Ginsburg, MD
Medical Director, Assistant Reproductive Techologies Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ginsburg is the Medical Director of the IVF Program at BWH where she is also the Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) Fellowship Program. Dr. Ginsburg has been a clinician-researcher on the faculty of the REI Division since 1991. She has teaching & administrative duties in addition to a clinical practice focusing on IVF & fertility preservation but also a wide range of issues in reproductive endocrinology including recurrent pregnancy loss. Her research interests align with her clinical practice, & focus on IVF outcomes & fertility preservation. Dr. Ginsburg is the Past President of both SART & the New Engl& Fertility Society. She has served as Chair of the BWH Assisted Reproductive Technologies Ethics Committee for many years, & is currently a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Ethics Committee & the ASRM Board. Dr. Ginsburg graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School; Wellesley College & the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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Carey Goldberg
Health & Science Reporter, WBUR

Carey Goldberg is a health and science reporter at WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. She also hosts WBUR’s popular CommonHealth blog, as well as its new exercise podcast, “The Magic Pill.” She has been the Boston bureau chief of The New York Times, a staff Moscow correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, and a health/science reporter for The Boston Globe. She was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT; graduated summa cum laude from Yale; and did graduate work at Harvard. She is co-author of the triple memoir “Three Wishes: A True Story of Good Friends, Crushing Heartbreak and Astonishing Luck On Our Way To Love and Motherhood.”

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Louise Wilkins-Haug, MD
Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine, BWH
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Wilkins-Haug’s clinical work concentrates on prenatal diagnosis and fetal therapy. She is currently the clinical leader of a comprehensive Center for Fetal Medicine providing genetic counseling, perinatal consultation, fetal treatment and diagnostic testing. In this role, she oversees the transition of new genetic technologies into obstetric care and introduces new prenatal genetic screening and diagnostic programs. Her research focuses on the integration of genetics into obstetric care and the investigation of prenatal exposures and birth defects.   Dr. Wilkins-Haug is currently the lead fetal interventionist in an innovative program to alter the in utero natural history of a birth defect, hypoplastic left heart; the director of a combined Maternal-Fetal/ Genetics Fellowship; the director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship at BWH and the Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Reproductive Genetics. She is actively involved as an educator particularly at the interface of obstetrics and genetics.