Referring Your Patient
Your patient’s initial visit will include an ultrasound and consultation at
the New England Center for Placental Disorders at BIDMC. We will coordinate
and schedule any additional testing that may be necessary based on this
We are committed to working closely with referring providers. We have a
care coordinator who is available to assist in expediting consultation and
For more information or to refer a patient to the New England Center for
Placenta Disorders at BIDMC, please call 617-278-8137 or
Why the New England Center for Placental Disorders?
The rise in the national cesarean section rate over the past several
decades has brought with it an associated rise in the risk of abnormal
placentation and obstetrical hemorrhage.
Data from many centers, as well as recommendations from such organizations
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
(ACOG) and the
Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
(SMFM), have supported the notion that patients with abnormal placentation
are best cared for at tertiary hospitals with obstetrical expertise of
these conditions. Other key components these patients require are the
supports of large blood banks and other hospital staff (urologists,
oncologists, neonatologists, interventional radiologists).
Our goal in creating the New England Center for Placental Disorders is to
be a resource for obstetrical providers and their patients, for both the
diagnosis and treatment of rare placental abnormalities. Often, diagnostic
screening will allow for safe delivery in the community when placental
invasion is deemed unlikely. However, with confirmation of placental
invasion on ultrasound or MRI, our aim is to provide comprehensive,
evidence-based obstetrical and surgical care to improve outcomes for both
mothers and babies.
We believe our patient-centered, multidisciplinary approach to abnormal
placentation results in the safest and most streamlined care for women with
Our care team, led by our Division of
Maternal-Fetal Medicine, works in parallel with Obstetric Anesthesia, Urology, Radiology, and
Transfusion Medicine to ensure the best possible results. We also work with
other surgical and support specialists throughout BIDMC as necessary.