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Focus on the Fourth - UPMC Magee Promotes Postpartum Health

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Amy Charley

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WHAT: Every day two women die in the United States following childbirth, and an additional 1,000 women are affected every week by severe complications during delivery, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Maternal morbidity affects approximately 52,000 women each year. 


To combat these alarming statistics, a UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital symposium will promote postpartum health awareness and the importance of the “fourth trimester” among providers and clinicians. The fourth trimester of care — or the first year postpartum — is crucial to reducing maternal morbidity and mortality.


WHO & WHEN: 7:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.


  • 7:45–7:55a: Extending Medicaid Coverage to One Year Post Delivery
    PA State Senator Lindsey M. Williams, 38th District


  • 8–8:20a: The Maternal Mortality Crisis: The Plight of the American Mother
    Stacy Beck, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine, UPMC Magee 


  • 8:20–8:30a: Introducing Post-Birth Warning Signs
    Vivian Petticord, D.N.P., director, Womens Health Service Line, UPMC Magee


  • 8:30–8:50a: When the Pressure’s High: Recognizing and Managing Postpartum Hypertension
    Alisse Hauspurg, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine, UPMC Magee


  • 8:50–9:10a: Presentation to the ED: Identifying Pregnancy and Postpartum-Related Morbidity
    Joe Suyama, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., chief, Emergency Medicine Services, UPMC Magee 


  • 9:10–9:25a: Bleeding in the Postpartum Period
    Sara Sakamoto, M.D., Maternal-Fetal Medicine, UPMC Magee


  • 9:25–9:45a: One-in-Seven: Why Talking About Perinatal Mood Disorders Is Critical to Maternal Health
    Priya Gopalan, M.D., Psychiatry Services, UPMC Magee and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


  • 10–10:15a: Gestational Diabetes: Risks and Opportunities Following Delivery
    Maisa Feghali, M.D., Maternal Fetal Medicine, UPMC Magee


  • 10:15–10:30a: Managing Health Issues in the Fourth Trimester and First Year Postpartum
    Karen Moyer, M.D., director, Family Medicine Obstetrics, UPMC St. Margaret


  • 10:30–10:45a: Care Considerations for Women with Substance Use Disorders
    Elizabeth Krans, M.D., M.Sc., Pregnancy and Women’s Recovery Center, UPMC Magee


  • 10:45–11a: Interconception Care: Delivering Maternal Health Screening During Well Child Visits
    Sukanya Srinivasan, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Research and Scholarly Activity, UPMC McKeesport


  • 11:05–11:30a: Panel Discussion:
    Focus on the Fourth: Improving care for Women in the First Year of Motherhood 
    Moderator: Hyagriv N. Simhan, M.D., M.S., executive vice chair, Obstetrical Services, UPMC Magee
    Panel: Karen Moyer, M.D., Elizabeth Krans, M.D., Stephanie Bobby, R.N., Priya Gopalan, M.D., Stacy Beck, M.D., Sara Sakamoto, M.D., Joe Suyama, M.D., Alisse Hauspurg, M.D.


WHERE: UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, 300 Halket Street, Pittsburgh, 15213.


Note to Media: To cover this event, please contact Amy Charley in advance at 412-738-3511 or