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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Our mission at the University of Kansas Medical Center is to provide excellence in the areas of academia, research and patient care for the health care of women at all stages of their lives.

Fox 4 News Airs Story on PROMPT: Training that Improves Outcomes
for Babies and Moms DuringPrompt Training Delivery

Local Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training, better known as PROMPT is a two day training program where nurses and physicians come together to train for obstetric emergencies that may occur during delivery.

In the broadcast, Dr. Carl Weiner, Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology states some of the impressive results of the program, results which are backed by seven years of research. 

To learn more, click here to see video.

KU Women's Health Specialty Centers, Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine  Welcomes  Dr. Kristin Holoch                  Dr. Holoch 

Dr. Holoch, received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota, Sanford School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of South Carolina, Greenville. She went on to complete a three year fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland OH. She has received numerous awards and honors, and has over 15 presentations and publications in the field of Reproductive Medicine

As a mother herself, she understands the unique joy and love that comes from being a parent and for that reason, she is passionate about helping others to realize their dream of parenthood.

Carl P. Weiner, M.D., M.B.A., K.E. Krantz Professor and Chair
Wins Prestigious Award from The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Carl P. Weiner for his presentation "5-year experience with PROMPT reveals sustained and progressive improvements in obstetric outcomes at a US hospital."

Dr. Weiner continues to lead the way in education, research and improved outcomes for mother and baby. We are proud to have him lead our team of dedicated professionals.

PROMPT (PRactical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training), is a multi-professional training package aimed at reducing preventable harm to mothers and their babies. This training consists of interactive drills and workshops that provide "hands-on" experience for practical skills and decision making in simulated obstetric emergencies.

Patience in the Delivery Room - New Recommended Guidelines Aim to Avoid Cesareans

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Amid growing concerns that cesareans are overused, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) jointly published recommendations targeted at preventing women from having cesareans with their first birth and at decreasing the national cesarean rate.

According to the recommendations, Aaron B. Caughey, MD, a member of the College's Committee on Obstetrics Practice who helped develop the new recommendations said, "Most women who have had a cesarean with their first baby end up having repeat cesarean deliveries for subsequent babies, and this is what we're trying to avoid."

ACOG's analysis found that one of the main reasons for a first-time C-section is due to labor that's progressing too slowly. The recommendations state that because labor progresses slower than originally thought, allowing most women with low-risk pregnancies to spend time in the first stage of labor may avoid unnecessary cesareans. 

According to Vincenzo Berghella, MD, SMFM President, cesarean deliveries can be lifesaving for both mother and/or baby, but for most pregnancies that are low-risk, cesarean deliveries may pose a greater risk than vaginal delivery, especially risks related to future pregnancies.

Having incorporated most of the guidelines years ago, KU is leading the way by having reduced their cesarean rate from 31.8% to 21.6% in just 6 years.

To read the news release published by The American College of Obstetricians and  Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, please click here.

Last modified: Nov 03, 2016
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