16.06.2018 | Bulgaria

The first Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) training and practical course took place in Bulgaria

As an exclusive Philips Healthcare distributor for the country S&T Bulgaria, Philips Healthcare and Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) organized the first training and practical course in Bulgaria



At the initiative of Philips Healthcare, with the partnership of S&T Bulgaria, for the first time in Bulgaria, the Fetal Medicine Foundation, through three certified medical specialists from the Association of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, participated in the training and practical course on fetal morphology for midwifery- gynecologists in the high-tech facilities of "St. Marina" University Hospital - Pleven.

The lecturers are one of the most prominent fetal medicine specialists in Bulgaria, trained at the Royal College of London, students and followers of Prof. Kipros Nikolaidis, a pioneer of fetal medicine in the world and Dr. Honoris Causa of the Medical University in Pleven. The audience of the seminar included 27 specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, practicing at "St. Marina" University Hospital - Pleven, "Dr. Georgi Stranski" University Hospital - Pleven and "Prof. Dr. D. Stamatov" Hospital - Varna. One of them will be elected and invited to a specialization in fetal morphology under the leadership of Prof. Kipros Nikolaidis at the Royal College in London.

The lectures of the three lecturers Dr. Violeta Stratieva, Dr. Maria Yankova and Dr. Petya Chaveeva, PhD student at the Medical University - Pleven headed by Prof. Dr. Slavcho Tomov, were dedicated to the following topics: screening for chromosomal anomalies, early diagnosis of fetal defects, screening and diagnosis in twins, evaluation of placenta and fetal Doppler, prevention of pre-eclampsia, prediction and prevention of premature birth.

After the theoretical part, the seminar included practical training on ultrasound diagnostics under the guidance of certified specialists at four stations with groups of six or seven obstetricians who received personal training for scanning in the first and second trimesters of pregnant ladies on PHILIPS EPIQ 7 ultrasound apparatus. The future mothers left with a gift from the sponsor Philips AVENT - a company with 30 years of experience in the design and manufacture of nature-inspired products, created after long-term researches and clinical trials, and designed to feed babies.

The Fetal Medicine Training Initiative has a global character and starts from Hungary, goes through Poland and Bulgaria to continue in Romania in September. Dr. Petya Chaveeva commented on the importance of the seminar for doctors in obstetrics and gynecology and the fact that it was held for the first time in the high-tech University Hospital "Sveta Marina" - Pleven: "The unique course of this training is that it compensates for the lack of in the study of the specialty "Obstetrics and Gynecology" of a specific module aimed at fetal assessment and ultrasound. At St. Marina - Pleven we are witnessing an awareness of the need to fill this gap in the training of specialists by acquiring and accumulating the necessary knowledge and competences for prenatal care for women. This leads to the emergence of an entirely new specialty - fetal medicine. "

The participants in the seminar are the first Bulgarian obstetrician-gynecologists who will be awarded a certificate of completion of a fetal morphology training course at the Royal College in London, signed by the father of fetal medicine Prof. Kipros Nikolaidis.