Obstetrics and Gynecology

The department of Obstetrics & Gynecology hosts the divisions of Reproductive Medicine, Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, which are located inside the Sophia Children’s hospital. The department combines expertise from the obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive medicine, prenatal medicine and neonatology specialisms. Our center is focused on providing healthcare to mothers with high risk pregnancies. These women may have had earlier complicated pregnancies or are suffering from pre-existing conditions or diseases such as congenital defects (in both mother and child), autoimmune or metabolic diseases, or other conditions such as organ transplantations.

What we do at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Erasmus MC and the Sophia Children’s Hospital

We are committed to provide the very best of care for women with high risk pregnancies with the highly skilled and experienced physicians and medical staff at the Erasmus MC hospital. We strive to assist women throughout the preconception, prenatal and post-natal periods of the life course. Our Obstetrics and Neonatology divisions are well-equipped and staffed to provide the highest level of care to mothers and babies that have an elevated risk for adverse outcomes. We offer comprehensive neonatal care for sick and (extremely) premature babies.

Our team strives to establish a personalized treatment plan, starting at preconception, and aims for treatment with the highest chances of recovery and ability to return to normal life.

We assist mothers with:

  • Congenital and genetic defects/ disorders
  • Metabolic disorders, such as diabetes
  • Infectious and autoimmune diseases
  • Previous complex pregnancy
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension and pre-eclampsia
  • Fertility problems such as PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and POI (primary ovarian insufficiency) (see our Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) page)

We treat babies with:

  • Low birth weight
  • (Extreme) prematurity
  • Congenital birth defects
  • Genetic and metabolic diseases
  • Any type of rare disease or disorder

Please feel free to contact us for any disease or disorder related to obstetrics, gynecology, prenatal medicine and neonatology.

Our Specialisms, Treatments & Medical Services

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers preconception care, prenatal care, prenatal medicine and all types of assistance and treatment related to the delivery and post-natal care of mothers and their newborn children.

Preconception Counselling

Preconception advice is a type of consultation for women who wish to become pregnant. These women have (had) a medical problem such as a chronic disease or disorder, operations, previous complicated pregnancy and delivery, or congenital defects of the mother or one of their previous children. The consultation aims to clarify how the woman’s current medication may affect the pregnancy and the child, how the pregnancy may affect her disease, and what treatment and surveillance options exist in order to minimize the risk to mother and child. Women who want to conceive may be referred for an additional appointment with the department of Clinical Genetics.  

Prenatal Care

Our prenatal care includes comprehensive check-ups at predetermined intervals. Our physicians, clinical midwives and specialized nurses will assist you throughout your pregnancy and birth. We provide prenatal screening to all women who wish to partake and who have an increased risk of having children with birth defects. If a defect or disease is suspected in the unborn child, we may offer prenatal diagnosis in collaboration with the department of Clinical Genetics.

Fetal Medicine and Genetics

Our physicians and geneticists are happy to provide consultation for pregnant couples who have an indication for prenatal diagnostic procedures. Upon medically justifiable indication, we may conduct amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), laboratory services and advanced ultrasound (GUO). Please see our Fetal Medicine and Care page for more information.

Center for Congenital Heart Diseases

The Erasmus MC’s Center for Congenital Heart Diseases has special expertise in assisting women with congenital heart diseases who wish to become pregnant, who are currently pregnant, or women whose unborn child has a congenital heart disease.

Reproductive Medicine, Endocrinology and Infertility (REI)

We may offer a variety of reproductive techniques and technologies for couples that wish to conceive, such as intra-uterine insemination, IVF, and fertility-enhancing surgical procedures. We treat women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI), endometriosis, myoma, Extra Uterine Pregnancies, habitual abortion, sexual disorders, menopause, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), ovarian inflammation and reduced fertility in men. Please visit our Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) page for more information.

More about the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Erasmus MC

The Erasmus MC is one of the largest tertiary care and academic hospital in the Netherlands. The Sophia Children’s Hospital is the largest academic pediatric hospital in the Netherlands and operates under the Erasmus MC. Our hospital can proudly offer the services of highly specialized medical professionals for the treatment of complex and rare diseases.

Our Team

In order to ensure that our patients at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology receive the most comprehensive care, we have established a multidisciplinary team of clinical midwives and physicians with expertise in all possible fields related to diseases which the mother may have, such as pulmonology, cardiology, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, neonatology, neurology, hematology and immunology. More than 15 neonatology specialist physicians serve our youngest patients. Our dedicated staff work together to offer an optimal personalized treatment path for each patient and her child.

Our Medical Expertise

The Sophia Children’s Hospital has the largest Dutch state-of-the-art high intensive care unit for neonates, as well as comprehensive medium and post-IC units. We also have an obstetric Critical Care unit and all the necessary facilities to aid and operate on women with critical conditions. Our treatment protocols have been validated and are regularly updated according to new evidence, institutional experiences and through continuously on-going research.

The Sophia Children’s Hospital

At the Sophia Children’s Hospital, we believe in patient and family centered care. Next to taking the very best of care of our patients, we also go to extreme lengths to take care of the patient’s family, and include them in the medical process to the best possible extent. We believe that in doing so, we will accomplish more and be able to treat our patients optimally.

Affiliated Departments and Expertise Centers

  • Clinical Genetics
  • Fetal Medicine and Care
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI)
  • Center for Congenital Heart Diseases

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