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Obstetrics Program

The Obstetrics Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides state-of-the-art, individualized care for women before, during and after childbirth.

MULTIMEDIA SLIDESHOW

Meet Mass General's Obstetrics Program multidisciplinary care team.

Our Approach We deliver approximately 3,500 babies a year through our Labor and Delivery Unit. Our facilities include four nurseries to offer all levels of care, depending on your baby's needs.

What to Expect

Our physicians, nurse-midwives, nurses and other medical professionals believe every childbearing experience is unique. Together, we work in partnership with each woman to design a care plan tailored to her particular needs and preferences. In addition, we view education as a cornerstone of our care and promote family involvement throughout the process.

Unlike many other hospitals, our program does not include private-practice physicians. How does having a single-faculty practice impact our patients?

  • Our clinicians adhere to a uniform treatment approach, resulting in continuity of care
  • Our entire staff interacts together seamlessly in addressing all aspects of the woman's and baby's health
  • We arrange schedules to ensure adequate physician/midwife coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week 

Women also benefit from coming to an obstetrics program within Mass General, one of the world's foremost academic medical institutions. During and after pregnancy, our patients have access to world-class specialists in virtually every medical subspecialty as well as psychology, genetics, genetic counseling, pediatrics and other areas – without leaving the confines of our main campus.

 

Having a baby at the Massachusetts General Hospital places you in the caring and competent hands of the Obstetrics team.

Should any severe surgical complications arise during childbirth, Mass General surgeons and obstetrical anesthesiologists are immediately available to assist. Additionally, we collaborate with the neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and subspecialists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in caring for sick newborns.

 

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division

Through our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, we are particularly well-equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies and childbirths. Some of the more common obstetric and medical complications we treat are: •

Our seven subspecialist maternal-fetal physicians have in-depth expertise in all areas of high-risk obstetrics, including the complications referenced above. They also have the skills and experience to treat critically ill women and perform the most complex childbirth-related procedures.

Learn more ultrasounds and prenatal diagnostic care available through our Obstetrical Ultrasound and Prenatal Diagnostic Center.

Get more information about the multidisciplinary Perinatal Infectious Disease Program.

Midwifery ServiceEarly in their pregnancy, women who are not considered high risk may choose to have a nurse-midwife fully manage their prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. If a problem arises, the nurse-midwife can consult and collaborate with our obstetricians in caring for the patient. More than one-third of the babies born each year at Mass General are delivered by nurse-midwives.

We encourage patients of the midwifery service who have an ordinary, uncomplicated pregnancy at term to labor at home until contractions are strong and steady. This approach reflects our philosophy of viewing childbirth as a normal life event.

A certified nurse-midwife attends the woman as she births her child at Mass General. If needed, an attending obstetrician can help with an assisted vaginal birth or an emergency Cesarean section. The overall goal is to allow each mother to have a normal physiological birth that best meets her individual needs—whether that involves a natural childbirth, a medicated childbirth or an epidural.

Educated in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery on a master's level, our 15 nurse-midwives are members of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board. They see patients on our main campus and at our health centers.

About This Program

Our service has earned a far-reaching reputation for clinical excellence and research innovations that are shaping the field of women's health. In fact, every year since 1991, U.S. News & World Report has rated Mass General among the country's top women's health care providers.

Our services span the following areas:

  • General obstetrics
  • High-risk obstetrics (maternal-fetal medicine)
  • Obstetric ultrasound and prenatal diagnosis
  • Midwifery
  • Inpatient obstetrics (hospitalization preceding delivery)
  • Labor and delivery
  • Postpartum care

A leader in training young clinicians and scientists on women's health issues, we are also committed to serving as an informational resource for women everywhere—especially our patients and their families.

Specialized Care From Leading Physicians & Midwives

Our physician staff numbers 25 specialist obstetrician-gynecologists and seven subspecialist maternal-fetal physicians. Collectively, they represent a remarkably wide range of clinical skills and research interests.

All of our physicians are active faculty members at Harvard Medical School. Many hold national leadership positions in organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

In addition to our physicians, nurses and other staff members, another vital component of our team is the midwifery program. Each of our 15 nurse-midwives has a master's degree and plays an integral role in caring for our patients.

Leadership of the Obstetrics Program includes:

Six Locations for Your ConvenienceOur program offers the same high quality of care at six locations around Eastern Massachusetts. Please call us to make an appointment or request further information.

  • Mass General: 617-724-2229
  • Mass General West (Waltham): 781-487-3860
  • Charlestown HealthCare Center: 617-724-8208
  • Chelsea HealthCare Center: 617-889-8561
  • Revere HealthCare Center: 781-485-6450
  • Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care (Danvers): 781-882-6767 (a select number of services are available at this location)

The links below provide more information about conditions and diseases that might be treated within this program.

Amenorrhea

Amenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by absent menstrual periods for more than three monthly menstrual cycles.

Breast Infections and Inflammations

The most common type of breast infection is lactational mastitis, which causes a woman’s nipples to become cracked and sore when she is breastfeeding. Nonlactational mastitis is similar to lactational mastitis but occurs in nonlactating women.

Candidiasis (Yeast Infection)

Candidiasis, sometimes called moniliasis or a yeast infection, is an infection caused by yeast on the skin and/or mucous membranes.

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is long-standing pain that persists beyond the usual recovery period or occurs along with a chronic health condition, such as arthritis.

Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes may also be known by a variety of other names, including the following: insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), juvenile diabetes, brittle diabetes, or sugar diabetes.

Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea is a menstrual condition characterized by severe and frequent menstrual cramps and pain associated with menstruation.

Endometrial Cancer

Cancer of the endometrium, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs, is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the endometrium. Endometrioid cancer is a specific type of endometrial cancer.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition involving abnormal buildup of tissue, often causing pain or infertility.

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Generalized breast lumpiness is known by names such as "fibrocystic disease" and "fibroid breasts." Doctors now believe these are just part of the normal breast changes many women undergo throughout the various stages of their lives.

Flat or Inverted Nipples

An effective breastfeeding baby usually has little trouble breastfeeding even if his/her mother's nipples appear to be flatter. A less effective breastfeeder may need some time to figure out how he/she can draw the nipple into the mouth with latch-on.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the glucose level is elevated and other diabetic symptoms appear during pregnancy in a woman who has not previously been diagnosed with diabetes.

Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels, normally present in and around the anus and lower rectum, that have become swollen due to stretching under pressure.

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism means overactivity of the thyroid gland, resulting in too much thyroid hormone in the bloodstream.

Ineffective Latch-On or Sucking

This condition occurs when a baby cannot effectively remove milk from the breast during breastfeeding, resulting in poor weight gain by the infant and reduced milk production by the mother.

Insufficient or Delayed Milk Production

Most mothers worry at some point that they do not have enough milk. A delay in the time when milk "comes in" sometimes occurs in mothers dealing with certain health conditions.

Mastalgia (Breast Pain)

Mastalgia is breast pain and is generally classified as either cyclical (associated with menstrual periods) or noncyclic.

Mastitis

Mastitis is often used interchangeably with the term breast infection, but mastitis may also be due to an inflammation. Often a reddened area is noted on the breast.

Medical Conditions and Pregnancy

Certain medical conditions may complicate a pregnancy. However, with proper medical care, most women can enjoy a healthy pregnancy, despite their medical challenges.

Multiple Pregnancy

Multiple pregnancy is a pregnancy involving more than one fetus. Twins, triplets, quadruplets, and so on, are multiple pregnancies.

Nipple Problems and Discharge

Nipple conditions are a common benign breast condition affecting many women. Some problems are related to lactation, while others are not. Like all breast conditions, any nipple problems should be reported to your physician for a prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Caused by a certain type of bacteria, pelvic inflammatory disease results in pelvic pain and the possibility of an ectopic pregnancy (a fertilized egg becoming implanted outside the uterus).

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain may originate in genital or extragenital organs in and around the pelvis, or it may be psychological, which can make pain feel worse or actually cause a sensation of pain, when no physical problem is present.

Plugged Milk Ducts

A plugged duct feels like a tender lump in the breast.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovarian syndrome involves two of the following: lack of ovulation for an extended period of time, high levels of male hormones or small ovarian cysts.

Postpartum Thyroiditis

One particular postpartum complication is postpartum thyroiditis, a condition characterized by an inflamed thyroid gland.

Pregnancy

A pregnancy is divided into three phases, called trimesters. Each trimester has its own significant milestones.

Sore Nipples

Sore nipples are probably the most common difficulty mothers have when breastfeeding.

Symptoms and Diagnosis of Multiple Pregnancy

Symptoms of multiple pregnancy may include: uterus is larger than expected for the dates in pregnancy, increased morning sickness, increased appetite, excessive weight gain - especially in early pregnancy, or fetal movements felt in different parts of abdomen at same time.

Obstetrics Patient Education

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offers information, resources and programs to patients who are pregnant.

Childbirth Classes

Massachusetts General Hospital offers a variety of classes and other educational resources to help new and expectant parents prepare for childbirth and early parenthood.

Your Pregnancy

Pregnant? Thinking about becoming pregnant? This web page by the March of Dimes provides lots of information about pre-pregnancy and pregnancy issues.

“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.

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.

Tour of the Labor & Delivery Unit and Postpartum Unit

Take a virtual tour of the Labor & Delivery Unit and the Postpartum Unit in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital. This tour is designed to help you prepare for the birth of your child and provide you with information about our units to help you plan your hospital stay at Mass General.

Mass General Hospital's Obstetrics Program

The Obstetrics Program at Massachusetts General Hospital provides state-of-the-art, individualized care for women before, during and after childbirth. Our physicians, nurse-midwives, nurses and other medical professionals work in partnership with each woman to design a care plan tailored to her particular needs and preferences.

Obstetrics Patient Education

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology offers information, resources and programs to patients who are pregnant.

Childbirth Classes

Massachusetts General Hospital offers a variety of classes and other educational resources to help new and expectant parents prepare for childbirth and early parenthood.

Your Pregnancy

Pregnant? Thinking about becoming pregnant? This web page by the March of Dimes provides lots of information about pre-pregnancy and pregnancy issues.

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
55 Fruit Street
Suite 4F
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-2229
Fax: 617-724-3498


Other Locations

Mass General West
40 Second Avenue
Suite 400
Waltham, MA 02451

Phone: 781-487-3860
Fax: 781-487-3870

Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150

Phone: 617-889-8561
Fax: 617-887-3708

Revere HealthCare Center
300 Ocean Avenue
Revere, MA 02151

Phone: 781-485-6450
Fax: 781-485-6391

Charlestown HealthCare Center
73 High Street
Charlestown, MA 02129

Phone: 617-724-8208
Fax: 617-724-8149