Pregnancy

Obstetrician says there are no signs of an ectopic pregnancy in his office

INOVA, Ga.

— A obstetrician in Georgia says there is no evidence of ectopic pregnancies in his practice.

Dr. Anthony A. Tappe was speaking Tuesday at the Georgia Hospital Association meeting.

The practice of obstetrics has long been regarded as one of the safest in the country, but the number of ectopically conceived babies in the U.S. has skyrocketed in recent years.

About 40 percent of pregnancies in the United States end in an ectopical birth, Tappes said.

“We have to make sure we have the right protocol and the right precautions to be able to keep the baby healthy and safe,” he said.

“In our opinion, we do not have any evidence that there are ectopic births in our practice.”

Tappe said there have been several recent cases in which women miscarried and the fetus was stillborn, but he could not elaborate on those because they were still under investigation.

Tappy, a 3-month-old, was born with a large brain defect that required surgery to remove.

Tappy was born a day early and underwent a procedure to repair the damage.

Tappes has been working with Tappy since the boy’s birth and the boy is doing well.

TAPPE said Tappy’s mother is a stay-at-home mom who is caring for the family and trying to get him back to his normal activities.

“We really just have to get the baby to a place where he can be safe and can be able go back to play and have fun with the family,” he added.