Get to Know Me
Dr. Claudia Taboada is a board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialist at Nemours Children’s Hospital. She has been an invited lecturer, an associate professor in maternal fetal medicine and obstetrics/gynecology, and has published medical journal articles in her field. For her work, Dr. Taboada was named a March of Dimes Medical Honoree for 2019.
Why I Treat Children
When I was in kindergarten I told my parents I wanted to be a doctor. I remember this was shortly after having to go to the emergency department for an injury on my foot. I was fascinated by the doctors I met and everything that was happening around me. My parents encouraged me to pursue my dream. They encouraged and supported me during all my education. I remember that they brought me groceries in college and medical school. I was very lucky in that aspect. I wanted to pursue pediatric emergency medicine when I started medical school. I believe it was all linked to my childhood experience. However, as I rotated as a third-year medical student, I was drawn to internal medicine with a focus on women's health. Maternal Fetal Medicine allows me to take care of women with high-risk, pre-existing medical conditions during their pregnancies. MFM also allows me to manage high-risk pregnancies, such as multiple gestations or abnormal fetal structural findings on ultrasound.
What I'm Passionate About
I treat my patients like family. I am honest with them and convey that my role is to make sure they have the best maternal and fetal outcome. I work hard to establish a good relationship with my colleagues to ensure good patient care. I hope that my patients will feel confident that we will provide them with the best care during their pregnancy, forming multidisciplinary teams for their needs — including, as needed, team members from a variety of medical specialties at Nemours, social work and others. I have a special interest in diagnostic testing (amniocentesis and CVS), cerclage placement and preterm labor. And, in a prior position, I started a program for medication-assisted treatment in pregnancy for women with an opioid addiction. I worked closely with the NICU team and the primary OB team. I would like to continue the outreach into my new community here at Nemours.
Education & Training
- UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh,
- UMDNJ-SOM, Kennedy Mem. Hosp.,
- New York College of Osteopathic Medicine,
American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology