Mount Sinai Collaborates With PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy to Launch Nation’s First Rainbow Clinic Dedicated to Reducing Stillbirths
Clinic will provide enhanced prenatal care to patients who have experienced maternal complications, lead research to address nationwide crisis in women’s health
The Mount Sinai Health System has announced a collaboration with PUSH for Empowered Pregnancy to establish the nation’s first multidisciplinary specialty clinic for women who have experienced stillbirth.
Known as the Mount Sinai – Rainbow Clinic and scheduled to open this month, it will support women and their families who have experienced stillbirth by providing enhanced clinical care and psychological support in subsequent pregnancies to help reduce fear, anxiety, and future perinatal losses. The clinic will be housed within the Raquel and Jaime Gilinski Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
About 23,000 pregnancies, or about one in 170 births, nationwide result in stillbirth each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In New York City, there are approximately 900 stillbirths each year. Data also shows that women of color are more likely to experience a stillbirth, with the risk among Black women twice as high as any other group. Moreover, women who have experienced stillbirth are almost five times as likely to experience another stillbirth or severe maternal complication. But with greater awareness, support, and high-quality care, studies have found that more than a quarter of stillbirths in the United States are preventable.
“Our goal for the Rainbow Clinic is to help women who have experienced the loss of a baby to achieve a successful pregnancy by providing them with access to state-of-the art services and support that goes beyond standard prenatal care to meet all of their needs,” said Joanne L. Stone, MD, MSHCDL, Ellen and Howard C. Katz Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Health System. “I am excited to be part of this undertaking and to offer patients a champion for a positive outcome through equitable care.”
“Dr. Stone is well known among women and families throughout the New York City community as the go-to specialist to see when you become pregnant following a loss and want to ensure that you’re getting the best possible care and support during the harrowing experience of trying to bring home a ‘rainbow baby’ after the death of your previous child,” said Samantha Banerjee, Executive Director of PUSH, the nonprofit foundation dedicated to driving down the incidence of stillbirth.
Fernanda Sheridan, Medical Co-Director of PUSH and the stillbirth mom who pioneered the idea of bringing the Rainbow Clinic concept to the United States, elaborates: “Dr. Stone’s expertise is a major factor in our decision to partner with Mount Sinai to launch this concept in the United States. We also recognize Mount Sinai as one of the most innovative hospital systems in the world and we believe that once we open this Rainbow Clinic to effectively reduce stillbirths, every health care center nationwide will adopt this approach to establish their own clinics.”
The Mount Sinai – Rainbow Clinic will replicate the Rainbow Clinic model established in the United Kingdom by Alexander Heazell, MBChB(Hons), PhD, MRCOG, an internationally recognized leader in stillbirth research. The multidisciplinary staff will undergo specialized training to better understand the emotional needs of families and to prevent any retraumatization and minimize negative psychological impacts. The clinic’s care will be customized around the needs of each patient and family based on a pre-conception consultation that includes a review of their medical history and determines a cause of the previous stillbirth, as well as a strategy for conception and pregnancy to achieve positive outcomes. All patients will be able to access a range of services including mental health support, nutritional guidance, ultrasounds, and other tests during the progression of the pregnancy. Patients will also have access to monitoring and testing services that are typically not available through other prenatal programs, such as estimated placental volume (EPV) monitoring, which can help guide the course of treatment and care.
In addition to patient-tailored treatment, the Mount Sinai – Rainbow Clinic will conduct new research to uncover insights on risk factors that contribute to stillbirth. Dr. Stone will explore opportunities for collaboration with other health centers.
“As important as it is to provide care to patients who have lived through this trauma and improve their future course of treatment, it is also imperative to gain the necessary insights to prevent stillbirths from happening in any pregnancy,” she said. “The more data we can gather from our diverse patient population at Mount Sinai, the bigger the impact we can have in addressing this ongoing crisis.”
In continued support of women’s health, the Mount Sinai Health System has received a multimillion-dollar commitment from Raquel K. and Jaime Gilinski for the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science. The gift is in honor of Michael Brodman, MD, who served with distinction for 19 years as System Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science and is now Chair Emeritus. Mrs. Gilinski, who serves on the Boards of Trustees at Mount Sinai, and her family have been long-standing advocates of women’s health at Mount Sinai.
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Mount Sinai Health System is one of the largest academic medical systems in the New York metro area, with more than 43,000 employees working across eight hospitals, over 400 outpatient practices, nearly 300 labs, a school of nursing, and a leading school of medicine and graduate education. Mount Sinai advances health for all people, everywhere, by taking on the most complex health care challenges of our time — discovering and applying new scientific learning and knowledge; developing safer, more effective treatments; educating the next generation of medical leaders and innovators; and supporting local communities by delivering high-quality care to all who need it.
Through the integration of its hospitals, labs, and schools, Mount Sinai offers comprehensive health care solutions from birth through geriatrics, leveraging innovative approaches such as artificial intelligence and informatics while keeping patients’ medical and emotional needs at the center of all treatment. The Health System includes approximately 7,300 primary and specialty care physicians; 13 joint-venture outpatient surgery centers throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and more than 30 affiliated community health centers. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, receiving high "Honor Roll" status, and are highly ranked: No. 1 in Geriatrics and top 20 in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology/Lung Surgery, Rehabilitation, and Urology. New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked No. 12 in Ophthalmology. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” ranks Mount Sinai Kravis Children's Hospital among the country’s best in several pediatric specialties.