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MFM Faculty Contribute Expertise for COVID-19 Policy

Friday, March 20, 2020
Hughes Dotters-Katz

Duke Ob/Gyn faculty Brenna Hughes, MD, MSc, Division Chief of Maternal-Fetal Medicine; and Sarah Dotters-Katz, MD, MMHPE, have contributed their expertise to three new policy papers that present the best evidence on questions about caring for pregnant women, improving testing and getting the best information to the public. The MFM specialists took the lead in writing a policy statement for the national Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, offering recommendations for caring for pregnant women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The statement covers the most recent evidence on transmission of the virus from mother-to fetus, determining when testing is needed, delivery considerations and whether an infected woman can breastfeed the infant.

The report noted that information is still being collected about maternal care during the pandemic. “This is a rapidly changing landscape, and new information will continue to be updated daily,” the authors said.

Additionally, Dr. Hughes was interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and USA Today and has authored key documents for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

— Information published in The Duke Daily