Pregnancy membrane sweeps are back, says Dr. Tobi Kadachi
A woman who had her membranes removed from her womb after giving birth is now recovering after a successful pregnancy.
Dr. Toni Kadachi, a gastroenterologist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, was treated for infection during her second pregnancy.
Her husband, who had undergone laparoscopic surgery, was diagnosed with a complication.
He died in January.
Dr Kadachi had not expected to be pregnant again, but she had a new understanding about her body and her new role in the birth process.
“I’ve been working with a lot of different babies, from preemies to the ones we now know are full-term,” Dr. Kadachi said.
“I think we’re seeing more and more babies come into my practice and I’m trying to do my best to understand their physiology and understand what’s going on in their gut.”
In her early 20s, Dr. Gadachi was a pediatric endocrinologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the United States, and she later worked as a consultant in a family practice in the US.
She was also an expert in maternal nutrition.
She said she was particularly excited to have a child in her clinic in Boston.
“The baby was a beautiful boy, very intelligent and full of life,” Dr Gadachi said, adding that she had planned to have twins, one male and one female.
“It was a dream come true.”
Dr. Kadachis expertise in maternal endocrinology led her to the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the physiology of the human fetus.
In 2010, she became the first female professor of maternal endocrine physiology.
Dr Gadachi says she was lucky to have had an early understanding of what was happening to the fetal brain and the developing fetus.
“That was very important for my training, because we had to know about the baby’s developing brain,” Dr Kadachi told CNN Health.
She found that many fetal brain cells were not yet fully formed and were still developing.
“It was very exciting to learn that the brain was growing, but we were still very much in the developmental stage,” she said.
“We were in this phase of fetal development, and it was very much a developmental stage.”
Dr Gadachis studies fetal neurobiology at the University at Buffalo.
She also studies maternal endometrial biology at the UB School of Medicine.
She said the study was important because the fetal development of the brain is different from that of the fetal heart.
“There is still a lot we don’t know about fetal development,” Dr Gilliland said.
The first thing she did after her first trimester was take an MRI scan of her fetus to see what was going on.
Dr Gilliland, who was not involved in the study, said it was important for the medical community to understand the fetus’ development.
“What we need to understand in order to understand what the fetus is doing in the womb is that it’s a baby,” Dr Gililand said, noting that the fetus “is not the same thing as a fetus that has not yet come into being.”
Dr Gillinson said it would be impossible to predict what happens to the fetus once it enters the womb.
“They don’t have an organ that we can just pick up and start studying,” Dr Garli said.
It’s unclear if the fetus would be affected by the birth defect microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads.
Dr Gillinson told CNN that there were also a variety of genetic and environmental factors that could contribute to the development of microcephy.
“These things don’t seem to have anything to do with fetal development and I think that’s important to know because of the risk of having this kind of a complication in the future,” Dr Goodwin said.