This research, “The effect of maternal obstructive sleep apnea on the placenta” was discussed in March Journal Club 2019 with Dr. Lynn Keenan. Dr. Lynn Keenan is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF and the program director of Sleep Medicine Fellowship. She also specializes in restorative approaches to women's healthcare and the vice-president of IIIRRM.
Study Objectives: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) during pregnancy has been associated with adverse maternal outcomes. However, the effect of maternal OSA on fetal growth is less clear. The placenta is a critical organ for fetal growth and development and the principal determinant of birthweight. We aimed to investigate the effect of maternal OSA on placental growth and function.
Journal Club sessions provide a critical appraisal of published research relevant to the field of restorative reproductive medicine. These sessions are designed to increase providers’ competence to critically evaluate research by increasing their knowledge of the scientific method, research design, and common biases. Improvements in knowledge and competence will translate into improvements in clinician performance as they use their understanding of research to provide better care and communication to their patients and apply the results from research to clinical practise.
Article copyright prior to publication: Sleep Research Society 2019. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Sleep Research Society.
The effect of maternal obstructive sleep apnea on the placenta: Kidron D, MD, Bar-Lev Y, PhD, Tsarfaty I, PhD, Ariel Many, MD, Riva Tauman, MD.