IRP’s Katherine Grantz Develops Tools to Predict Pregnancy Complications
Advancements in medicine have reduced the risk of childbearing dramatically, but rates of maternal death have been creeping up in recent years. The reasons are varied. Older first-time parents, greater health concerns like obesity and hypertension, and lack of access to maternity care are important factors.
In observance of Maternal Health Awareness Day on January 23, we spoke with Katherine Grantz, M.D., a maternal-fetal medicine specialist and senior investigator at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). She is trying to improve health for pregnant people and their babies experiencing complications like gestational diabetes and hypertension, as well as reduce preterm deliveries and unnecessary C-sections.