Understanding Maternal Health to Improve Fetal Development

I became interested in obstetrics and gynecology as a third-year medical student, and at that point in time the science of fetal physiology, maternal physiology was just beginning It was very exciting, work done in England and in this country

And I had an opportunity to spend six months doing research as a fourth-year medical student with Dr Jim Metcalf in Oregon at the Oregon Health Sciences University and really became interested in how maternal medical complications could influence fetal growth and development How the mother who had hypertension, or diabetes, or epilepsy or kidney disease might impact how her baby was developing and how we could then treat the mother so she could have a better outcome

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