“To provide excellence in prevention and treatment of placental mediated diseases through application of state of the art and evidenced based care which will be delivered in the most compassionate way by a multidisciplinary team of experts. We will strive to further improve outcomes of mothers and babies through education and research.”
What are placenta-mediated diseases?
The placenta is responsible for delivering all the nutrients and oxygen to your baby during pregnancy. Unfortunately, for many reasons, some mothers may have a placenta that is either not functioning well or that has not developed normally. This can carry major consequences for the health of both the mother and the baby. As such, it is important to recognize who is at risk of these placental problems such that we can try to prevent them. In addition, in the situation where a placental mediated disease is already present, it is essential to manage these pregnancies carefully and with the greatest attention in order to try to improve the outcome for the mother and her baby. The most common placental mediated diseases are pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction.
The objectives of the Placenta Health Clinic are as follows:
- Evaluate pregnant women (and their fetuses) at risk for placental disease and determine preventative strategy when available, or surveillance where appropriate
- Provide consultation for women and their fetuses affected by placental disease and delineate a plan of care including surveillance and appropriate interventions
- Provide pre-pregnancy consultation for women with a past history of placental disease
- Promote evidence-based research in the evaluation and treatment of these complications and integrate patient care with research initiatives
- Promote education of women and their families as well as that of physicians and allied health professionals on the role of placental diseases in perinatal medicine.
The Placenta Health Clinic aims to assist the referring physician or midwife in the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of such complications. As such, it is mostly a consultation clinic and as per the wish of the referring health professional, various models can be considered including shared care.
To access the Placenta Health Clinic, a referral from your health-care provider is required. It should clearly indicate “Placenta Health Clinic” and should include results of your routine prenatal blood work as well as all pertinent previous information.
Referrals can be faxed to: Maternal Fetal Medicine