Episode #31 of the Charged podcast
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 4F
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Other Obstetrics Program Locations
Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
Revere HealthCare Center
300 Ocean Avenue
Revere, MA 02151
Charlestown HealthCare Center
73 High Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Area Obstetric Practices
We collaborate with the maternity team and physician practices at the North Shore Medical Center. For patients in the North Shore area, we encourage you to consider seeking care with our colleagues there.
Learn More About the Obstetrics Program
The Obstetrics Program at Massachusetts General Hospital is dedicated to providing women and babies expert, personalized prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. We believe every childbearing experience is unique, so we work in partnership with each woman and her family 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. This benefits our patients because:
- 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 ensure adequate physician/midwife coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- We are closely associated with the medical and surgical services throughout Mass General to provide expert care in complex cases
Each year, our Obstetrics Program delivers more than 3,500 babies. And as part of Mass General, our patients have access to the highest level of care in virtually every medical subspecialty as well as psychology, genetic counseling, pediatrics and other areas, all in one convenient location. Every year since 1991, U.S. News and World Report has rated Mass General among the country's top women's health care providers.
A Team of Specialists
Our team of providers includes general obstetrician-gynecologists, specialists in high-risk pregnancy and midwives. 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.
- Vice Chair, Obstetrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Charles & Robert Montraville Green Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School
- Director, OB/GYN MassGeneral Neighborhood Health Center
- Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
- Director, Deborah Kelly Center for Clinical Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Obstetrical Director, Multidisciplinary Fetal Care Group
- Medical Director Labor & Delivery and Postpartum
- Departmental Simulation Officer
Virtual Tour: Our Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Units
Prepare for your stay at Mass General with a virtual tour of the Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Units in at Mass General. You can also schedule an in-person labor & delivery unit tour.
Pregnancy & Childbirth Resources
Education resources, including pregnancy-related information, childbirth and parenting resources and access to women's health information.
We offer classes to help new and expectant parents prepare for childbirth and parenthood.
What to expect after childbirth, including breastfeeding, pain management and healing.
Our program offers state-of-the-art testing to assess your baby’s health before birth.
Integrated obstetric and endocrine care for expectant mothers with all types of diabetes.
High-risk Obstetrics: Specialized Care to Meet Your Needs
Our goal is to allow each mother to have a birth that best meets her individual needs‚ whether that involves a natural childbirth, a medicated childbirth or an epidural. Your doctor, midwife or nurse can help you decide what options are best for your birth. For patients interested in natural childbirth, Mass General now offers nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) as a tool to cope with anxiety and pain during labor. Nitrous oxide is administered through a breathing mask that you control, so you get just the right amount of gas. This option is safe for both moms and babies.
Should complications arise during childbirth, Mass General surgeons and obstetrical anesthesiologists are immediately available to assist. Our facilities include four nurseries that offer all levels of care depending on the needs of the baby. Additionally, our obstetricians collaborate with the neonatologists, pediatric surgeons and subspecialists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children if necessary to care for sick newborns.
Through our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, we are well-equipped to handle high-risk pregnancies and childbirths. Our subspecialist maternal-fetal physicians have in-depth expertise in all areas of high-risk obstetrics, including complications like diabetes, placenta accreta and vaginal birth after cesaean (VBAC), as well as the skills and experience to treat critically ill women and perform the most complex childbirth-related procedures.
The Midwifery Service
In addition to our physicians, nurses and other staff members, another vital component of our team is the Midwifery Service. Our midwives provide expert care during both labor and your postpartum time. More than one-third of the babies born each year at Mass General are delivered by nurse-midwives.
Early in pregnancy, women who are not considered to have a "high-risk" pregnancy may choose to have a nurse-midwife manage their prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum care. If a problem arises, your nurse-midwife can consult and collaborate with our obstetricians in caring for the mother and baby.
All of our nurse-midwives are members of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board and are educated in the disciplines of nursing and midwifery on a master's level. They see patients on our main campus and at our health centers
We encourage patients of the Midwifery Service who have an uncomplicated pregnancy at term to labor at home until contractions are strong and steady. A certified nurse-midwife will then attend you as you give birth at the hospital. If needed, an attending obstetrician can help with an assisted vaginal birth or an emergency Cesarean section.
- Press Release
- Nov | 11 | 2019
Women with hypertension during pregnancy remain at greater risk of several cardiovascular conditions later in life
New study confirms that women who have gestational hypertension or preeclampsia in at least one pregnancy will have higher cardiovascular risk than women without such a history, and that this elevated risk persists at least into their 60s.
- Patient Education
- May | 16 | 2019
The Midwifery Service is a vital part of the Obstetrics Program at Mass General.
- Sep | 5 | 2018
Episode #9 of the Charged podcast.
- Feb | 19 | 2018
The OB/GYN Department and the Diabetes Unit at Mass General recently launched a new clinic to treat pregnant women with diabetes. The Diabetes in Pregnancy Program (DIPP) provides integrated obstetric and endocrine care for pregnant women with type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes.
- Patient Education
- Sep | 4 | 2017
Lauren Hanley, MD, IBCLC, of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital answers questions about breastfeeding and Mass General’s participation in the international Bab