Christina D. Yarrington, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Obstetrics & Gynecology

MD, Boston University School of Medicine
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
BA, Oberlin College

Pronouns: she/her/hers

I am a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Boston Medical Center. I am also the director of Labor and Delivery and the division director for Maternal Fetal Medicine. In my clinical work I care for patients with complications during their pregnancy or after delivery. I am also actively involved in elevating innovation in obstetric care. I recently implemented a program equipping women at risk for hypertensive morbidity postpartum with a cell enabled blood pressure cuff. As they check their BP once a day, at a time in the hectic early days of newborn parenting that best represents their health, my team of nurses reviews their data and reaches out to screen for symptoms and/or start medications according to my algorithm. This work has elevated our ascertainment of BP in the early weeks postpartum - a time of highest risk for stroke - to over 95%. Additionally, equipped and empowered to check and interpret their own blood pressures, women have presented for care and intervention earlier than prior to the program, offering the opportunity to intervene before hypertensive crisis.

My research focuses on postpartum hypertension as it relates to two related fields: 1.) cardiovascular health across the lifespan and 2.) health inequities. I am supported by the NIH and HHS in my research on postpartum blood pressure trajectories and predictive value in relation to events of SMM in the first year postpartum. This work is further enriched by a qualitative limb that examines patient attitudes, acceptability, and self-efficacy via semistructured patient interviews. The latter work is fueled by BMC's Health Equity Accelerator. Enabled by resources within the hospital and supported by generous donors, I am leading a team to implement technology, patient feedback, and targeted QI interventions to address our internal inequitable outcomes attributable to preeclampsia.

Postpartum Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Program: Study of Reducing Severe Maternal Morbidity among Black and Latina Women by Incorporating Patient Experiences and Systems Science
08/01/2021 - 05/31/2026 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University, BUMC National Heart, Lung

Cloud-Connected Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Program dur
02/01/2021 - 12/31/2022 (PI)
Office of Women's Health/DHHS


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  1. Wang MJ, Alexander M, Abbas D, Srivastava A, Comfort A, Iverson R, Cabral HJ, Yarrington C. Defining 'obstetric haemorrhage': Blood loss volume and severe morbidity. J Eval Clin Pract. 2023 Apr 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37035996
  2. Murray Horwitz ME, Prifti CA, Battaglia TA, Ajayi AT, Edwards CV, Benjamin EJ, Yarrington CD, Parker SE. Prepregnancy Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in a Safety-Net Hospital. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2023 Apr; 32(4):401-408.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36827080; DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2022.0322;
  3. Alexander MV, Wang MJ, Srivastava A, Tummala S, Abbas D, Young S, Claus L, Yarrington C, Comfort A. Association between duration of intrapartum oxytocin exposure and obstetric hemorrhage. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2023 Feb 12.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36781431
  4. Sabharwal V, Demos R, Snyder-Cappione J, Parker SE, Shaik-Dasthagirisaheb Y, Hunnewell J, Boateng J, Clarke K, Yuen R, Barnett E, Yarrington C, Taglauer E, Wachman EM. Cytokine levels in maternal and infant blood after COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy in comparison with unvaccinated controls. J Reprod Immunol. 2023 Mar; 156:103821.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36764228; PMCID: PMC9884398; DOI: 10.1016/j.jri.2023.103821;
  5. Abbas D, Wang MJ, Claus L, Alexander M, Srivastava A, Young S, Tummala S, Iverson R, Yarrington C, Comfort A. Intrapartum Risk Factors and Prediction of Obstetric Hemorrhage-Related Morbidity. Am J Perinatol. 2022 Dec 29.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36351443
  6. Latortue-Albino P, Delgado S, Perkins R, Yarrington C, Mehta P. Voices on Zika: Reproductive Autonomy and Shared Decision-Making During an Evolving Epidemic. Womens Health Issues. 2022 Dec 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36566090
  7. Wachman EM, Snyder-Cappione J, Devera J, Boateng J, Dhole Y, Clarke K, Yuen RR, Parker SE, Hunnewell J, Ferraro R, Jean-Sicard S, Woodard E, Cruikshank A, Sinha B, Bartolome R, Barnett ED, Yarrington C, Taglauer ES, Sabharwal V. Maternal, Infant, and Breast Milk Antibody Response Following COVID-19 Infection in Early Versus Late Gestation. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2023 Mar 01; 42(3):e70-e76.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36729773; PMCID: PMC9935237; DOI: 10.1097/INF.0000000000003802;
  8. Casey SM, Burrowes SAB, Hall T, Dobbins S, Ma M, Bano R, Yarrington C, Schechter-Perkins EM, Garofalo C, Drainoni ML, Perkins RB, Pierre-Joseph N. Healthcare workers' attitudes on mandates, incentives, and strategies to improve COVID-19 vaccine uptake: A mixed methods study. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2022 Nov 30; 18(6):2144048.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36411988; PMCID: PMC9746602; DOI: 10.1080/21645515.2022.2144048;
  9. Parker SE, Ajayi A, Yarrington CD. De Novo Postpartum Hypertension: Incidence and Risk Factors at a Safety-Net Hospital. Hypertension. 2023 Feb; 80(2):279-287.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36377603; DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.122.19275;
  10. Geissler KH, Evans V, Cooper MI, Shaw SJ, Yarrington C, Attanasio LB. Content Analysis of Patient-Facing Information Related to Preeclampsia. Womens Health Issues. 2023; 33(1):77-86. PMID: 36328927; PMCID: PMC9772133; DOI: 10.1016/j.whi.2022.09.003;
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While early in my career I have mentored residents and fellows both in my division as well as outside. There are numerous areas where pregnancy crosses into other fields including pharmacology, nephrology, cardiology and infectious disease. I am eager to both partner with other investigators as well as provide extra-disciplinary mentorship on projects that touch on key components of women's health.

I am also happy to discuss work/life integration. As a woman who started a family during residency at BMC and maintains a commute from a home well outside of Boston for the sake of the community prized by my husband and kids I am constantly reflecting on integration and defining balance.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Project Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

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