The MaternalFetal Medicine Department offers you the expert services of our physicians who specialize in the care of high-risk pregnancies. Our Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians, assisted by Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and nurses specially trained to work in maternal-fetal health, will work closely with your own obstetrician to meet your special needs and provide personalized care.
Most women self-refer or are referred by their Obstetrician or another medical provider (cardiologist, hematologist, or rheumatologist) either because they are considering becoming pregnant and are “at risk” or because they are pregnant and “high-risk”, experiencing complications or otherwise worried about their pregnancies.
After graduating from medical school and completing four years of Obstetrics and Gynecology residency, MFM specialists also complete two or three years of a MFM fellowship. Fellowship training provides additional education and practical experience for special competence in various obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy. As a result of this training, the MFM specialist provides care or consultation for both mother and fetus (unborn baby) in a complicated pregnancy. In addition, he/she provides education to patients, is involved in community programs, and advises other doctors. MFM specialists also conduct research to improve healthcare delivery and undertake continuing education to learn the cutting-edge developments for optimal management of complicated pregnancies.
Many Ob/Gyns are also qualified by training and experience to solely manage complicated pregnancies. MFM specialists are complementary to Ob/Gyns in providing – when requested – consultations and co-management of complicated patients both before (pre-conception counseling) and during pregnancy. MFM physicians may also collaborate with family medicine physicians, internists, and certified nurse midwives/nurse practitioners. The relationship between your primary healthcare provider and the MFM specialist will depend upon the acuity of your condition.