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Pregnancy in women of advanced maternal age

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health, University of the West Indies, Mona, will host the ninth Annual Perinatal Audit and Symposium 'Pregnancy in the woman of advanced maternal age' on February 12 and 13 at the Main Medical Lecture Theatre, University Hospital of the West Indies.

Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Toronto, and Director, Prenatal Screening Service, Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr N. Okun, will deliver the keynote address during the opening ceremony titled 'Prenatal Screening for Chromosomal Abnormalities'. The first day of the conference will involve a perinatal audit as well as workshops on neonatal mortality and ethics.

Day two will address preconceptional assessment, pregnancy planning and health promotion for women of advanced maternal age. Topics to be covered include obesity in pregnancy; assessment, counselling and support of women after perinatal loss, twin pregnancy, post-discharge follow-up of the premature infant and infant of the diabetic mother. Other topics to be discussed are an approach to the infant with congenital abnormalities and approach to the infant with Trisomy 21, a chromosomal abnormality more commonly known as Down's Syndrome.

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health has been conducting annual perinatal audits since 2001. The primary objective is to educate health-care professionals about management of problems in areas of expertise. It should be of particular interest to doctors (consultants, residents and interns), nurses, midwives, allied health-care professionals and medical and nursing students.

Further information on the perinatal audit and symposium may be obtained from Dr. Helen Trotman-Edwards, lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health, telephone numbers (876) 970-0329 or 927-1446.