St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas is one of three facilities in the state participating in a nationally recognized research network dedicated to reducing maternal complications, morbidities related to preterm birth and fetal growth abnormalities.

In May, St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas became part of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units (MFMU) Network, joining 37 other facilities in the nation. The hospital’s perinatal research program will serve as an ancillary site to the MFMU center at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

"One of the root causes of maternal mortality and morbidity is poor access to care and expertise. By participating in the MFMU network, we have the opportunity to share our knowledge and alleviate that trend," Dr. Sina Haeri, director of perinatal research and co-director of maternal-fetal medicine at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, said. "Joining this network positions St. David’s Women’s Center at the forefront of top research and sets a benchmark for the practice of perinatal medicine in Central Texas."

The network’s research includes randomized clinical trials, cohort studies and registries aimed at improving maternal and fetal outcomes.

For more information on the maternal-fetal medicine program and services offered at St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas, visit the Women’s Center of Texas page.

Spectrum News recently interviewed Dr. Jasbir Singh, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Haeri and a patient about the specialized care.