MATERNAL-FETAL & NEWBORN TRANSPORT SERVICES: MOBILIZING FOR MOMS
BY CONNIE MITCHELL
PHOTOS BY GARA DYSON & GREGG GOLDMAN
JEANNIE KELLY, MD, MS, (LEFT) AND ROXANE RAMPERSAD, MD (RIGHT)
Jeannie Kelly, MD, MS, and Roxane Rampersad, MD, recently sat down to talk with me about the Maternal-Fetal & Newborn Transport Services, a fleet of aircraft and ambulances prepared to transport pregnant women and newborns in need of specialized care.
A service of the Women & Infants Center, a collaboration by Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the service transported more than 353 high-risk pregnant women and 367 newborns within the first 10 months of 2020 alone. Kelly is medical director of the service; Rampersad is its outreach director. Both women are Washington University maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
We want to keep healthy moms and babies in their own communities, but when that’s not possible, we’re here and available.
Among the many vehicles available to rush patients to Barnes-Jewish Hospital for emergency care, six intensive-care ambulances, two twin-engine helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft stand ready. Each is equipped and staffed to deliver patients from locations across the Midwest to the maternal-fetal care specialists they need.