Urania Magriples, MD

Associate Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Departments & Organizations

Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences: Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis Program

Yale Institute for Global Health

MacMillan Center: African Studies

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Anxiety; Cognitive Therapy; Delivery, Obstetric; Gynecology; Obstetrics; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications; Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Research Summary

Major research interest: Models for delivery of obstetric care.

Other research interests: Use of cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of anxiety in patients with pregnancy losses with Dr Neill Epperson; Medical complications of pregnancy; Ultrasound of fetal anomalies.

“Group Prenatal Care” The Centering Pregnancy Program is an innovative model for providing group prenatal care that has been implemented at prenatal care sites around the United States since 1995. It has ten defined 2-hour sessions implemented from weeks 16 through 40 of pregnancy. All prenatal care occurs within the group setting except for the initial intake done prior to group assignment, medical concerns involving the need for privacy, and cervical assessments late in pregnancy.

In this group setting, up to 12 women of the same gestational age receive basic prenatal risk assessments, can share support from other women, and obtain knowledge and skills related to pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting. Groups are led by an obstetrical provider and an assistant trained in the model. Group prenatal care is designed to address the recommended content for prenatal care, as well as the psychosocial needs and as such is designed to improve the quality of care and consequently perinatal outcomes. We are currently in participating in a randomized clinical trial to examine whether the intervention improves STD rates as well and are looking forward to implementing the model to different sites including Haiti and South Africa.

Specialized Terms: Obstetric care delivery; Cognitive behavioral therapy; Complications of pregnancy; Centering pregnancy


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    GHLI joined universities across the U.S. to support the Rwandan Ministry of Health's Human Resources for Health Program to develop skilled workers to meet the country's health care delivery needs. The program aims to build the capacity of Rwandan universities and teaching hospitals to develop a...

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Urania Magriples, MD
Mailing Address
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive SciencesPO Box 208063
New Haven, CT 06520-8063