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The Pregnancy Meeting

January 23 – 28, 2017, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) gathers each winter for The Pregnancy Meeting to share the latest innovations in research and clinical care.

Carole Baggerly will be attending the meeting and will be available for meetings. Contact Susan to schedule appointments - susan(at)grassrootshealth.org

Dr. Roger Newman, Dir. OB, is giving a presentation on January 26th about the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) implementation of Protect our Children NOW!. Since September 2015 MUSC has had a vitamin D protocol for all pregnant women, to increase their blood levels above 40 ng/ml (100 nmol/L) and monitor pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Newman will be discussing this implementation and results.  The presentation will be at the Thursday morning Scientific Forum on Nutrition in Perinatology, which is scheduled for its annual appearance again at the 37th SMFM meeting in Las Vegas.  The meeting will be from 6-7:45 AM in room Milano VII on Thursday, Jan 26, 2017. Presentations will include:

  1. Nutrition and Perinatal Medicine - How to Build a Baby  (Paul Ogburn, MD)
  2. Vitamin D and Preterm Birth Prevention (Roger Newman, MD)
  3. Diet Styles and the Microbiome (Jamie McGregor, MD)

In addition Dr. Newman will be at booth 911 representing the book, When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy. Dr. Newman edited this edition – updating the nutritional requirements for pregnancy. One of the updates for this edition is a much bigger discussion of the value of vitamin D and the desire for people to try and achieve 40 ng/ml.  There are also sections on Omega 3, calcium, mag, zinc. 


Scientific Workshop on Vitamin D

Vitamin D in the Prevention of Health Disparities During Pregnancy and Early Infancy


“Vitamin D and the Placenta: Two Sides to the Story”

Martin Hewison, PhD
Professor of Molecular Endocrinology
Deputy Director, Institute of Metabolism & Systems Research
Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism
University of Birmingham
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Medical University of South Carolina 
Bioengineering Building Room 110
8:00am to 3:00pm
Registration begins at 7:30am
Register at sctr.musc.edu
Registration open December 15, 2016 by 5pm
Abstracts due January 15, 2017 by 5pm
Continental breakfast and lunch provided 

Download Event Flyer Here


The Vitamin D Workshop

March 28-31, 2017 Orlando, FL

An international scientific meeting that focuses on the biology and health implications of Vitamin D.

GrasrootsHealth will attend and have an abstract and/or poster about the recommended methods for conducting research on vitamin D. We will present the importance of many criteria, but one of the most critical is to base outcomes on vitamin D serum levels, not dosage groups. Part of this discussion will be how to tailor the research, from the beginning, to focus on this outcome. 

There will also be a poster/presentation about the preliminary results of the Protect our Children NOW! project at the Medical University of South Carolina and its impact on preterm births.


Past Events

Watch our webinar from May 6th, 2015, on how you can get involved in the Protect Our Children NOW! project, and what it means to you. View Here