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The Moncton Hospital’s new space for Maternal Fetal Medicine improves care for high-risk pregnancies

(Horizon) May 29, 2017 - A new space for The Moncton Hospital's Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) Clinic will allow women and their families a comfortable and modern space for treatment and procedures during high risk pregnancies.

The clinic, which functions as the centre of excellence for perinatology for the eastern half of New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia, has moved to the third floor of the Professional Arts Building (adjacent to The Moncton Hospital). The 2,000-square-foot space was formerly occupied by UNB Nursing.

The clinic's physicians, nurses and sonographers provide advanced medical and ultrasound services to pregnant women and their families. These services include advanced obstetrical ultrasound, genetic screening, management of complications of pregnancy and preconceptional counselling.

First established in 2004 with the arrival of Maternal Fetal Specialist Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck, the MFM clinic has grown over the years. Staff have outgrown their original space, as the demand for their critical medical expertise has increased.

"The new MFM clinic will improve women and families' experience when they visit at what is, sometimes, a difficult situation," said Dr. Murphy-Kaulbeck. "The larger space will allow us to offer more services and see more women from Moncton and the eastern half of the province.

"Thanks goes to Horizon and the Department of Health for their support in making the clinic a reality."

Staff perform 3,000 procedures annually, primarily ultrasounds.Last year, the clinic received 958 referrals for patients from hospitals located in Moncton, Bathurst, Campbellton, Caraquet, Miramichi and Amherst.

While 54 per cent of these patients were referred from The Moncton Hospital, 20 per cent came from the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and 26 per cent came from regions outside of Moncton. This reinforces the importance of this clinic to both our local community and the province.

"With this new clinic space, we are able to improve both the quality and value of the services available to our patients in the Moncton area and in surrounding the communities we serve," said Dr. Ken Gillespie, Obstetrician-Gynaecologist and Medical Director, Women & Children's Health.

The team is also pleased to welcome Dr. Lise Gagnon, who will be joining the MFM team in the fall. The addition of Dr. Gagnon will serve to expand the expertise and services available to our patients.

Maternal Fetal Care is one of three areas of Women's and Children's Health offered by Horizon (general obstetrics and neonatal intensive care (NNICU) round out the department).


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Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
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