September 8, 2021

Globally, there are more than 295,000 maternal deaths annually. Furthermore, premature birth complicates 15 million births per year, resulting in more than 1 million neonatal deaths and lifelong consequences for surviving neonates. The University of Washington is actively involved in cutting edge research to reduce this burden. The intent of a Biorepository is to facilitate this research by providing biologic samples from pregnant patients with both normal pregnancy and abnormal pregnancy outcomes. The Biorepository provides for uniform sample collection, meeting the needs of multiple...

September 2, 2021

The purpose of the study is to understand how the immune system of pregnant individual tolerates the fetus during pregnancy. Specifically, we believe exposure to the semen from the fetus’ genetic parent starts the process of immunological tolerance.

September 2, 2021

It is known that women who experience high blood pressure complications during pregnancy (i.e. preeclampsia) are at increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease (heart disease, strokes, etc.) later in life, however, we don’t fully understand why this happens.

August 18, 2021

Drs. Edith Cheng, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Division Chief, and Nick Burns, MFM Fellow, provided care and delivery for Charity Lincoln Gutierrez Vasquez. Gutierrez Vasquez was born conjoined with her twin at UW Medicine in 2000 & they were surgically separated at 7 months at Seattle Children's. On Aug. 12 Charity gave birth to daughter Alora at UWMC. 

April 9, 2021

As the COVID-19 vaccine roll out continues across Washington state, the United States and North America, we are interested in studying the COVID-19 vaccine in individuals who are pregnant, postpartum, lactating or planning pregnancy. Because pregnant and lactating individuals were excluded from the original clinical trials by the vaccine manufacturers, these studies will help to fill critical gaps in knowledge and provide information that will allow other pregnant and lactating individuals to make the best decision about COVID-19 vaccination for themselves.

March 18, 2021

In the face of increasing Anti-Asian violence and harassment, UW Department of OB/GYN stands firmly with the AAPI community as we continue our fight against racism, injustice, and white supremacy.

March 4, 2021

ACOG'S Practice Advisory Board was updated today to include information and recommendations regarding the newly authorized Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine, as well as safety data in pregnancy from CDC's v-safe and v-safe pregnancy registry.

February 23, 2021

Dr. Kristina Adams Waldorf is interviewed in Daily Mail about COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women.

February 23, 2021

Dr. Emily Fay and Dr. Linda Eckert are interviewed in KUOW about COVID19 vaccines for pregnant women.

January 11, 2021

A scholar position in the University of Washington Women's Reproductive Health Research program will be available as soon as July 2021. Letters of Interest are due March 1st, 2021. Applications are due May 31st, 2021.