Dr Leanne Bricker, Chair of Fetal Medicine, Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi, UAE, will be discussing multiple pregnancies from fertility treatment from an obstetrician’
“Multiple pregnancies (twins, triplets or more) are very high risk pregnancies where the risks are evident for both mother and babies. The risks rise as the number of babies increases. Mothers are at higher risk for almost all pregnancy-related complications e.g. pre-eclampsia, hemorrhages, gestational diabetes and even maternal death,” says Dr Bricker.
Twins can be delivered naturally if there are no complications, however, about 40-50% of women with twins who aim for natural delivery need an emergency caesarean section. If there are three or more babies, caesarean section is advised. In some multiple pregnancies where the babies share a placenta these pregnancies are difficult to manage clinically.
“These high caesarean section rates also result in increased maternal risk. During pregnancy there is a higher rate of pregnancy loss and the babies are at increased risk of being born prematurely. Its consequences include congenital abnormalities and other short and long term complications including cerebral palsy, respiratory disease, as well as death. 60% of twins and 75% of triplets are born too early compared with about 8-10% risk of preterm birth in singleton pregnancies,”
“From an obstetrician’
The principal problem to date in preterm birth is that there are no known clinical interventions which reduce this risk in multiple pregnancies. Indeed, even the clinical strategies which may reduce the risk in singleton pregnancies are not effective in multiple pregnancies.
Organised by Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the Obs-Gyne Exhibition & Congress will witness the largest gathering of obstetricians and gynaecologists in the Middle East. The endeavour aims to keep women’s health professionals, both in the UAE and the region, updated on the latest technologies and medical advancements in the field. The exhibition will showcase more than 54 exhibiting companies from 20 countries including industry giants such Roche, American Hospital Dubai, and Bayer Healthcare.