New medical innovations in the Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Pine Belt has new medical innovations that are now accessible for women that have the possibility of high risk pregnancy.

The Hattiesburg clinic now houses a new department for Maternal Fetal Medicine. Marie Darby is the only obstetrics and gynecology specialist in the area.

"Before now anyone that has needed a maternal fetal specialist has had to go to New Orleans or Jackson. Now they don't have to travel two hours to get the services they need," said Darby

Mothers that would need these services include those with diabetes, high blood pressure, are over the age of thirty-five, or those that have had previous pregnancy problems.

Darby uses a lot of prenatal diagnosis by using a lot of ultra sounds to help identify birth defects before delivery. She also holds consultations with her patients to help their OB/GYN's manage high risk pregnancies. Darby does so by giving advice and making medication recommendations in order to give mom and baby the best possible outcome.

"In the United states in general maternal deaths are higher because moms are older and there are more complications with those pregnancies," said Darby.

The Hattiesburg clinic is happy to have this new practice that they say will benefit the patients of South Mississippi.

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