Welcome to Project ECHO South Carolina Pregnancy Wellness

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Project ECHO SC Pregnancy Wellness is a resource for South Carolina healthcare providers working in the field of obstetrics who are interested in learning more to address preterm birth. Our goal is to create a network of obstetrical health care professionals collaborating to support each other in treating high risk pregnancy patients within their own respective communities.

What Topics Will Experts Discuss in the ECHO Sessions?

Sessions are held the first and third Wednesday of each month from 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

SC Pregnancy Wellness is leveraging the ECHO model to provide telementoring support to providers across the state of South Carolina. Our ECHO clinics feature brief, user-driven didactic content delivered by national experts in the treatment of high risk pregnancy and case presentations from members of our ECHO community.

 

Session Topics:

Safety Bundles: Recognition, Differential Diagnosis, and Appropriate Treatment

Hypertension (HTN) – December 2, 2020 to March 3, 2021

Date Topic 
12/2/20 Chronic Hypertension Treatment & Goals
12/16/20 Standardized Treatment of Severe Hypertension
1/6/21 Diagnosis and Management of Chronic HTN with Superimposed Pre-Eclampsia 
1/20/21 Pre-Eclampsia With & Without Severe Fractures 
2/3/21 Inpatient vs. Outpatient Management of Pre-Eclampsia 
2/17/21 Conservative Management of Early Onset Severe Pre-Eclampsia 
3/3/21 Postpartum Management of HTN & Implications for Future Health 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Focus: Pregnancy Wellness During the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency – June 17, 2020 to August 5, 2020

Date Topic 
6/17/20 Practical Office-Based Management in COVID-19 
7/1/20 SMFM Updates, Guidelines, & Regulations During COVID-19
7/15/20 Infectious Diseases & Pregnancy Wellness During COVID-19 
8/5/20 Panel Discussion – Pregnancy Wellness During the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency: Lessons Learned & Looking Forward

Substance Abuse Disorder in Pregnancy – August 19, 2020 to October 21, 2020

Date  Topic  Presenter 
8/19/20 Subutex, Methadone, or Subozone: Which is Better for Baby?  Dr. Lisa Boyers
9/2/20  Can a Professional Wean Opioids During a Pregnancy? Dr. Connie Guille
9/16/20  Pain Management After Delivery in OUD Patients on Medical Maintenance Therapy  Dr. Berry Campbell
10/7/20 How Do I Get Patients into Treatment?  Dr. Claire Smith 
10/21/20 What To Do When a Patient is Admitted on OB with Recent Illicit Drug Use Dr. Rubin Aujla 

Diabetes – December 4, 2019 to February 19, 2020

Date  Topic 
12/4/19 Help Me! I Need to Start Insulin 
12/18/19 Pre-Gestational Diabetes P:C Ratio or 24-Hour Urine
1/15/20 Checking Blood Sugars & Adjusting Insulin 
2/5/20 Managing Insulin for Intrapartum & Postpartum Care
2/19/20 Delivery Plans: Route & Timing of Delivery 

How Can I Sign Up to Join the SC Pregnancy Wellness Community?

If you are interested in joining our SC Pregnancy Wellness ECHO Community, please reach out to us by either completing our Contact Us form or emailing our Program Coordinator, Rachel Grater at grater@musc.edu for more information. We're excited to work with you!

Preterm birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. In 2016, preterm birth affected about 1 of every 10 infants born in the United States.

A number of maternal medical conditions are associated with an increased risk of indicated or spontaneous preterm birth, including, for example, chronic hypertension, prepregnancy diabetes mellitus, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Smoking, obesity and other issues affecting the mother’s overall health play an important factor throughout a woman’s pregnancy. Smoking is an important determinant of health and a significant factor contributing to preterm and low birthweight births. In 2013, 22.5% of women of childbearing age reported smoking in South Carolina. While being obese does not directly cause preterm birth, it does increase rates of medical complications (e.g., hypertension, diabetes) that do contribute to preterm birth. In South Carolina, 32.0% of women of childbearing age were obese in 2013.

Addressing these issues as well as others in the early stages of pregnancy can prolong gestational age which can lead to less preterm births and healthier babies.

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