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CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Launches Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program Covering All of Northeast Texas October 21, 2019

Tyler, Texas – CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic has launched a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program that will treat patients from across Northeast Texas with the addition of Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist Mojirayo Sarumi, D.O., M.P.H, FACOOG.

As a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) subspecialist, Dr. Sarumi has completed an additional two to three years of education and training in addition to her OBGYN training and is an expert in high-risk pregnancy. In Northeast Texas, where the rates of high-risk pregnancy complications like diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease are all above average, the need for a Maternal-Fetal Medicine program serving this region is crucial.

“Dr. Sarumi will work with pregnant women with potentially chronic health problems, to keep them as healthy as possible throughout pregnancy,” said Merri Murphy, Administrative Director, CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. “She will also assist patients with unexpected problems that develop during pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding or high blood pressure.”

MFM specialists can provide relief for parents through treating an enormous variety of conditions and illnesses from pregnancy through birth. Before pregnancy, Dr. Sarumi can provide advice for women with chronic health conditions or those who have experienced a high-risk pregnancy in the past. MFMs use ultrasound, blood tests and procedures such as amniocentesis to look inside the womb and evaluate the developing fetus. The MFM team also works closely with genetic counselors to offer tests such as integrated screening, noninvasive prenatal testing and amniocentesis. During pregnancy, Dr. Sarumi can assist women who have faced recurrent pregnancy loss, preterm birth, blood pressure issues, bleeding and issues with the placenta.

Dr. Sarumi will work with other OB care providers to ensure high-quality care during labor and childbirth. MFMs can provide valuable input on when to induce labor, when and how to monitor the fetal heart rate, and whether a cesarean delivery is indicated.

After birth, Dr. Sarumi continues the treatment of mothers struggling with issues that may have been worsened during pregnancy, like heart issues such as congenital heart disease, arrythmias, coronary artery disease and pulmonary hypertension, as well as pulmonary issues, obesity, hormonal problems with troubling endocrine gland responses, digestion and blood conditions.

Dr. Sarumi joins CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania, where she served as the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Towson, with honors, before completing a combined Master of Public Health/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program from Temple University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, respectively. Dr. Sarumi is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sarumi is a member of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetrics and Gynecology.

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic has been a trusted resource for pregnant women seeking compassionate, high-quality care in Northeast Texas for decades. With the addition of Dr. Sarumi, pregnant patients who arrive in the hospital setting for any reason will have an invaluable asset in their care. Additionally, if an OB care provider encounters a pre-existing condition in the fetus or a growth problem, Dr. Sarumi can begin treatment before birth, providing monitoring, blood transfusions to support the fetus until it is ready to leave the womb and arrive in the world.

When she was a young child, Dr. Sarumi’s family went through a tremendous health scare when her father was diagnosed with a life-threatening liver infection. Though not initially expected to survive, after months of treatment, her father was able to come home from the hospital. Dr. Sarumi was thrilled – and curious.

“[I pursued medicine because] I wanted to know what happened with my father, how it happened, and most importantly how I could help other people get home to their families one day,” Dr. Sarumi explained. “I love being able to be there with women during a very important journey in their life. So often, that journey is an incredibly happy time for women – but sometimes it is not. So, I really do love that I can be there with them, provide care and comfort, and I can be a part of their healing.”