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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Maternal-Fetal Medicine is the speciality dealing with High Risk Obstetrics. Our Perinatologists work with doctors throughout our region to provide the latest in diagnostics and treatments for your high risk pregnancy. Utilizing the latest technologies and strong partnerships with Genetic and Neonatal specialists, we provide the region's most comprehensive care for your pregnancy.

Our Services

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine includes three fellowship-trained Perinatologists, who are specially-trained to diagnose and manage high-risk obstetrics problems. They work with a team of ultrasonographers, a diabetic nurse educator, a geneticist, and our skilled nursing and support staff to provide you and your pregnancy the most comprehensive and detailed care available in our region for complicated pregnancies.

What is a high-risk pregnancy?

All of us dream of having the perfect pregnancy without any complications. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Problems including preterm labor, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other chronic medical conditions may impact your prenatal care. Or, sometimes, the only problem is an extra baby (or two or three!!). Whatever the case may be, our experts stand ready with the latest technologies and training to make your pregnancy and delivery the safest and best possible.

Ultrasound Services

Ultrasound can be used during the first trimester to look at Nuchal Translucency (or the thickness in the back of the baby's neck) to screen for Down Syndrome and other problems like heart defects. This ultrasound is combined with a special blood test to increase the detection of these problems. Our sonographers and perinatologists have specialized training and certification to perform this special test.

During the second trimester, we perform a complete anatomy ultrasound to look at all the parts of your baby. With these exams, we can diagnose birth defects and other developmental problems. Sometimes, if there's a problem with the baby's heart, a special ultrasound called a fetal echocardiogram can be performed to diagnose these problems. Highly-specialized Doppler ultrasounds of the umbilical artery, middle cerebral artery, and uterine arteries may be used to help diagnose and manage abnormalities of your baby's growth and development.

Later in the pregnancy, ultrasounds are used to monitor your baby's growth, amniotic fluid, and fetal well-being.

Amniocentesis

In certain situations, an amniocentesis may be offered to aid in the diagnosis of birth defects or developmental problems. An amniocentesis is a test where a small needle is passed into your uterus to collect some of your baby's amniotic fluid in order to perform specialized genetic and other tests. This test is usually performed in our office. Later in the pregnancy, the same test might be used to test the baby's lungs for maturity.

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The following links lead to information from the March of Dimes (www.marchofdimes.com).