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02/14/2014: A positive partnership

When Cindy Candamil was ready to give birth to her second child at the MGH, she became one of the first patients to benefit from a budding partnership between the midwives of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and Birthing Gently.

01/31/2014: A New Approach to Fibroid Management

The Fibroid Program at Massachusetts General Hospital offers patients access to a full range of multidisciplinary options to treat uterine fibroids.

08/28/2013: From Mom to Mom: New Mass General Fundraising Initiative Links Boston Moms with Moms in Uganda

Inspired by Moms Helping Moms, an initiative of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Carolyn O’Gorman of Winchester, Mass., is helping to raise money for the maternity ward at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital in southern Uganda, Africa.

07/16/2013: #1 in New England, #2 in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks Massachusetts General Hospital among the top hospitals in America based on our quality of care, patient safety and reputation in 16 specialties.

04/05/2013: Addressing global challenges

The MGH Center for Global Health and the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology hosted an inaugural “Women in Global Health Symposium: Women Leaders Responding to Global Challenges” at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard.

02/25/2013: Extremely high estrogen levels may underlie serious complications affecting single-birth IVF pregnancies

MGH researchers have identified what may be a major factor behind the increased risk of two adverse outcomes in IVF pregnancies – extremely high estrogen levels at the time of embryo transfer. They describe a protocol that reduced the risk of infants born small for their gestational age and the risk of preeclampsia in a small group of patients.

12/07/2012: Partnership proves successful for MGH clinicians

For years they have been on the same page – working to advance the clinical role of certified nurse-midwives in the state and improve access to care for reproductive-aged women. Earlier this year, they stood on the same stage as MGH midwife Angela Ferrari, CNM, MS, presented the inaugural American College of Nurse-Midwives Midwifery Partnership Award to Erin Tracy, MD, MPH, of the MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology Department.

10/05/2012: Two decades of transforming families

Families helped by the MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology Fertility Clinic gathered Sept. 22 in the Bulfinch Tents to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Unit.

07/17/2012: Massachusetts General Hospital Ranked #1 in the Nation on U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll

Massachusetts General Hospital has moved into the number one spot on the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” list.

06/15/2012: Bangladesh Minister of Health visits MGH

On June 8, the Bangladesh Minister of Health and Family Welfare, A. F. M. Ruhal Haque, MBBS, met with MGH staff members to discuss longstanding collaborations between Bangladesh health care services and various MGH departments.

06/15/2012: Labor and Delivery Unit gives OR supplies a second life

Since launching a unique, cost-free recycling program two years ago, the MGH Vincent Obstetrics & Gynecology Labor and Delivery Unit has distributed more than 6,000 supplies to resource-limited health care facilities worldwide, including to countries such as Haiti, Sudan and Uganda.

05/18/2012: Inaugural student teaching award

Carey York-Best, MD, a physician in the Vincent Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was honored with the inaugural MGH Bulfinch Student Teaching Award May 7 at a ceremony at Harvard Medical School.

04/20/2012: In General 04.20.12

In General awards and honors

02/26/2012: Mass. General researchers isolate egg-producing stem cells from adult human ovaries

MGH researchers have isolated egg-producing stem cells from the ovaries of reproductive age women and shown these cells can produce what appear to be normal egg cells or oocytes.

10/14/2011: In memoriam: Judy Newell, RN, MSN

Judy Newell, RN, MSN, nursing director of the MGH Vincent Gynecology Oncology Units and the Pediatric Units of MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC), died Oct. 7 at the age of 66

08/05/2011: Chronicling two centuries

IN ADDITION TO the hospitalwide history, Something in the Ether: A Bicentennial History of Massachusetts General Hospital, 1811-2011, by father-daughter duo Webster and Martha Bull, several departmental history books have been or will be published this year in honor of the bicentennial.

07/22/2011: What is ... the MGH?

MGHers tuning in to the July 19 episode of “Jeopardy!” were sure to know the answer to one of the clues, which showed video taped in the Ether Dome and referenced the chemical used in the first successful public demonstration of anesthesia.

07/22/2011: College Fair offers opportunities

Solodeen Heath always wanted to be a dentist, but with a family and all the responsibilities that come with it, he knew dental school just wasn’t in the cards.

07/22/2011: In Memoriam: George S. Richardson, MD

George S. Richardson, MD, a longtime MGH surgeon and former acting chief of Gynecology, died of cancer July 1 at age 89.

07/19/2011: MGH ranks #2 in nation

MGH ranks #2 in 2011-2012 U.S. News & World Report "Best Hospitals" rankings

07/15/2011: Exploring the practice environment

Given the rapid pace of change in health care today, it is important to understand and improve the environment where care is provided, explained Jeanette Ives Erickson, RN, DNP, FAAN, senior vice president for Patient Care and chief nurse, as she presented this year’s Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture

07/07/2011: Study suggests new strategy to prevent infertility, birth defects

A strategy that has been shown to reduce age-related health problems in several animal studies may also combat a major cause of age-associated infertility and birth defects.

06/10/2011: Women's health fair a success

MGH Hotline 6.10.11 From free blood pressure checks to massage therapy gift certificate raffles, booths at "An Ounce of Prevention," a day-long women's health fair May 11 in the Bulfinch Tent, provided attendees with resources and information for living a long and healthy life.

03/17/2011: No need to book an appointment, just "Ask the Doctor"

MGH Hotline 3.18.11 Partners HealthCare and WHDH-TV Channel 7 have launched the interactive "Ask the Doctor" web series with experts in the areas of obstetrics, pediatrics and emergency and primary care medicine.

03/04/2011: In Memoriam: Masha Etkin, MD, PhD

MASHA ETKIN, MD, PHD, a physician for the MGH Vincent Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology for 25 years, died Feb. 13.

02/22/2011: Protective strategy shields primate ovaries from radiation-therapy-induced damage

A strategy developed by MGH researchers to shield the ovaries of female mammals from the damaging effects of radiation and chemotherapy has passed an important milestone with the report that brief pretreatment with an FDA-approved drug preserved the fertility of female rhesus monkeys exposed to potentially lethal doses of radiation.

01/14/2011: MGH Nurse-Midwifery Service presents on cultural differences in care

MGH Hotline 01.14.11 DIFFERENT CULTURES approach health care in different ways, and understanding these differences is the key to providing culturally competent care for all patients.

01/07/2011: Oh, baby!

MGH Hotline 01/07/11 She’s less than a week old, but Mary Meredith Jones is already making history. In addition to being one of Boston’s first babies of the new year, she also is the first baby born during MGH’s third century.

01/03/2011: MGH celebrates first baby of bicentennial

Mass General welcomes Mary Meredith Jones as the first baby born during the hospital's 200th year as an institution.

12/20/2010: Coordinated care offers freedom from pelvic floor disorders

With the help of coordinated, multidisciplinary care provided by physicians in the MGH Pelvic Floor Disorder Service, 39-year-old patient Nicole Ortuno is once again living a normal, healthy life.

12/16/2010: The birth she wants: Is mom a hero or a danger?

Dr. Jeffrey Ecker discusses a mom's VBAC birth at home.

09/17/2010: MGH midwives in Haiti

MGH Hotline 9.17.10 Even before the Jan. 12 earthquake, which further compromised the health of pregnant Haitian women and their children, the country already had the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere.

07/16/2010: MGH ranks among top

The MGH ranked third among the country's top hospitals on the annual list of "America's Best Hospitals" issue of U.S. News & World Report.

05/21/2010: MGH midwives: An international perspective

MGH Hotline 05.21.10 While the International Day of Midwives was celebrated May 5, midwives at the MGH maintain an international perspective year-round.

05/21/2010: The MGH celebrates women’s health

MGH Hotline 05.21.10 National Women’s Health Week was observed May 9 through 15.

05/14/2010: Inaugural Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture held

MGH Hotline 05.14.10 "Linda makes every patient feel at home -- she's wonderful to work with and an incredible role model for other nurses," said Isaac Schiff, MD, chief of MGH Vincent Obstetrics and Gynecology, as he welcomed guests to the inaugural Linda Kelly Nursing Lecture.

05/04/2010: Pelvic floor disorders: What you should know

Nearly one in three American women has one or more pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Service at Mass General offers a range of non-surgical and surgical options for treatment.

02/05/2010: Study finds screening for spinal muscular atrophy not cost effective

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, researchers will unveil findings that show it is not cost effective to screen for spinal muscular atrophy, the most common genetic cause of infant mortality and the second most common inherited autosomal recessive disorder.

01/08/2010: “Johnny New Year”

MGH Hotline 01.08.10 John Joseph Hayden II is barely a week old, but he’s already made headlines. He entered the world at the MGH only a few minutes after the clock struck midnight -- at 12:06 am -- on Jan. 1, making him the first baby of 2010 and of the decade in the Boston area.

01/01/2010: Partners HealthCare Flu Team helps viewers

MGH Hotline 1.1.10 Once a week, Boston-area television viewers and web users will have the opportunity to obtain the latest information on the flu by chatting live on www.whdh.com with a Partners HealthCare expert as part of a collaborative public health campaign from Partners, WHDH-TV 7 NBC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

12/18/2009: Cervical Cancer Screening

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently released new guidelines for cervical cancer screening. Dr. Marcela Del Carmen from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Service and Dr. Elizabeth Roth from the Women’s Health Associates at Mass General help put this in context.

12/08/2009: Possible ovarian cancer treatment target identified

A multi-institutional study has identified a potential personalized treatment target for the most common form of ovarian cancer.

12/04/2009: Promoting the benefits of Pap smears

MGH Hotline 12.04.09 The inspiration for creating the CBS Cares public service Pap smears web campaign – featuring MGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Chief Isaac Schiff, MD, and gynecologic surgeon Marcela G. del Carmen, MD, MPH – began when a CBS Cares producer overheard a conversation between two women while dining at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village.

06/05/2009: Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care opens

MGH Hotline 6.5.09 Marking the culmination of a longstanding clinical collaboration that combines the academic medicine of MGH and community-based care of North Shore Medical Center (NSMC), approximately 200 guests – including administrators, caregivers and employees from both organizations – gathered May 29 at the newly constructed Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care in Danvers for an employee celebration.

05/11/2009: There is life after a pelvic floor disorder

Nearly one-third of American women have one or more pelvic floor disorders such as urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or pelvic-organ prolapse. The Pelvic Floor Disorders Service at Mass General offers expert care and helps bring lasting relief to those suffering from a pelvic floor disorder.

03/06/2009: Both Latino and non-Latino women likely to accept HPV vaccination for selves and children

Most women responding to a survey conducted at MGH clinics indicated they would be willing to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus and to have their daughters and even sons vaccinated in order to prevent cancer in their children. The report also found that Latino women are just as likely, if not more so, to accept HPV vaccine as non-Latinos.


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Milena Weinstein, MD, explains what you can do about the symptoms of pelvic floor disorders

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Celebrating 200 Years: 1811 - 2011

Since 1811, people have counted on Mass General for answers, innovations and medical leadership. As our third century dawns, we remain ready to serve.

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