Preeclamptic patients will have an ultrasound done of their eyes, to look at the size of the nerve behind the eye. We will also recruit women without preeclampsia to be a comparison group.
The primary investigators/residents have noted during clinical rotations that a significant number of GBS unknown mothers at SRHS are being treated with intrapartum antibiotics even without the presence of risk factors, presumably to decrease postpartum/neonatal length of stay.
Our study, a retrospective chart review, will determine whether or not length of stay is affected by treating GBS unknown mothers with intrapartum antibiotics in the absence of the aforementioned risk factors.
Potential benefits include the cost-effectiveness of decreased length of stay for these patients as well as decreased exposure to nosocomial infections for neonates. However, antibiotic stewardship and patient safety are also considerations. Another potential option for these patients is rapid GBS testing with PCR which can provide results in 1-2 hours compared with 24-48 hours for the standard culture. PCR is not currently available at SMC.
Pre-eclampsia (PE) happens in pregnancy. It features new onset high blood pressure. It is a major cause of problems to the mother and unborn child. It can lead to health problems in mother and child in the future, which causes a public health problem. We do not know everything about it, but we think it starts in the placenta (the organ that nourishes the unborn child). At this time, we do not know who will get PE. We want to study the placenta, to learn more about the disease.
This study will evaluate a remote patient monitoring solution for low-risk pregnancies to assess whether or not it produces equivalent care with regards to clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction at a lower cost to the healthcare system and its participants. Furthermore, we will measure the ability of participants to collect and record the necessary data.
The purpose of this study is to look at the how the use of products that contain a certain chemical compound Docusate, commonly referred to as DOSS, may have on pregnant women and their babies. DOSS is used in many commercially available products, such as pesticides, personal care products, and laxatives. This study will focus on DOSS and the use of Colace which is a commonly prescribed stool softener used in pregnancy. This study will involve pregnant women who are being admitted into MUSC's Labor and Delivery unit.
Studies of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care (GPNC), where individual physical assessments are combined with facilitated group education and peer support, have demonstrated promising results in reducing not only the overall rate of preterm birth before 37 weeks gestational age, but also the racial disparity in preterm birth. We propose a randomized controlled trial to compare rates of preterm birth among pregnant women who participate in GPNC, to women in the traditional individual prenatal care (IPNC). The sample size is large enough that we will also be able to evaluate the impact of GPNC on the racial disparities in the rates of preterm birth. We will also seek to understand the mechanism by which GPNC works to reduce rates of preterm birth, by measuring and comparing patient stress, activation and engagement Pregnant women women will be recruited before 20 weeks gestational age and will be followed to delivery and 6 weeks postpartum.
The purpose of this study is to study cells that are found in the cord blood of pregnant women to see if they might be helpful in treating certain types of infections. This type of research is still in the very early stage, so we will do this by taking some of the special cells found in cord blood and injecting them into mice and studying them.
The objective of this study is to obtain viable mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from umbilical cords in uncomplicated pregnancies. Potential donors will be screened prior to donation of umbilical cords to confirm no prevalent autoimmune disease or other viruses and/or diseases. The overall goal is to obtain MSCs from healthy donors for eventual transfusion into patients for the treatment of autoimmune disease, specifically systemic lupus erythematosus.
The purpose of this study is to compare body fat distribution in neonates exposed to antiretroviral (ARV) therapy for the prevention of maternal to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV versus ARV naive neonates born at a similar gestational age to HIV-negative women. As a secondary analysis, we will examine the differences in body fat distribution among ARV-exposed neonates comparing PI-exposed versus non-PI exposed.