As a reminder during this period of reduced mobility throughout the community, The Houston Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine provides comprehensive care for all our patients at the Houston Methodist Hospital location.
In addition, our practice has compiled a body of helpful resources and guidelines from trusted sources for our OB/GYN community during the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. We hope that providing the quick references below will assist you in navigating the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and how it relates to pregnancy.
Our physician is available to speak with you 24/7 to answer any questions you may have, from routine issues to those involving your most complicated patients. As always, our primary objective is to provide superior quality healthcare services to your patients, and we look forward to continuing to provide your patients with excellent care. Our practice will continue to provide relevant COVID-19 updates and guidelines as they become available.
ACOG, AJOG, and SMFM resources
- ACOG Practice Advisory: Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- ACOG and SMFM Algorithm: Outpatient Assessment and Management for Pregnant Women with Suspected or Confirmed Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- AJOG MFM – Coronavirus Guidance
- SMFM Resources: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- SMFM Webinar: COVID-19 Preparedness for OB/MFM
- SMFM ICD-10 coding tips for COVID-19 in pregnancy
- CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Pregnancy
- CDC: Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars
- Kaiser Family Foundation: COVID-19 Special Considerations for Pregnant Women
- Johns Hopkins University: Coronavirus Global Tracker
- UpToDate: COVID-19
- MotherToBaby podcast on COVID-19 in pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Society of Critical Care Resources: Emergency Resources COVID-19
PubMed articles: COVID-19 and pregnancy:
During the COVID-19 crisis, our patients and their families remain our priority. To ensure access to care while minimizing potential COVID-19 exposure, we’re working closely with internal experts, hospital partners, and health care authorities at the national, state, and county levels to implement and adapt care protocols in real-time.
Despite this global pandemic, we are focused on the future; we’re working collaboratively across the continuum of care to understand better ─ and reduce ─ the impact of COVID-19 on the patients we serve.
Our practice has compiled a body of helpful resources and guidelines from trusted sources for our patients during the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. We hope that providing the quick references below will assist you in navigating the rapidly changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 crisis and how it relates to pregnancy. Our mission is to provide superior quality healthcare services, and we look forward to continuing to provide you with excellent care.
COVID-19 and pregnancy patient resources:
The Houston Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine has a 25-year history caring for women with high-risk pregnancies and maternal or fetal complications. Our practice specializes in maternal-fetal medicine, prenatal diagnosis and obstetrical ultrasounds. We provide comprehensive inpatient and outpatient management of high-risk pregnancies, with services ranging from preconception counseling, pregnancy management, delivery and critical care obstetrics.
Our team includes Dr. Alfredo Gei and advanced practice providers who work collaboratively with obstetricians, midwives and other specialists in the treatment and care of women with maternal or fetal complications.
Dr. Gei is an internationally recognized specialist who has treated patients from around the world. He is both board certified in maternal-fetal medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, with a special interest in trauma and critical care obstetrics.
Our advanced obstetric ultrasound and screening services include ultrasound, fetal echocardiograms, genetic counseling and genetic testing. Our comprehensive services allow for full insight into each patient’s unique diagnosis.
An ultrasound will be performed by one of our registered diagnostic medical sonographers, then reviewed and interpreted by Dr. Alfredo Gei, our maternal-fetal medicine specialist. Dr. Gei will discuss the findings with you during your appointment, and your results will be communicated with your referring physician to formulate the best plan to provide appropriate obstetrical care for you and your baby.
We are available if you experience a medical problem after hours. Please call our office to be connected with a doctor through our answering service. In the event of a life-threatening emergency, please go directly to the nearest emergency room, (by ambulance if appropriate), and explain that you are our patient.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call our office and we will instruct whether you should go to nearest emergency room:
• Labor (pains, contractions, pelvic/rectal pressure or lower back pain)
• Rupture of membranes (leaking fluid, “water breaking”)
• Vaginal bleeding or spotting
• Decreased and/or no fetal movement
• Trauma to abdomen (falling, motor vehicle accident)
• Temperature exceeding 100.4OF
• Right upper quadrant pain, chest pain or shortness of breath
• Visual disturbances
• Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
• Cold/flu symptoms
Call our office during regular office hours for:
• Prescription refills
• Questions about medications in pregnancy
• Test result
• Appointment times
• General, non-urgent questions (excluding topics mentioned in emergency section)
Download and print diary/log sheets to monitor and record blood glucose levels based on your type of diabetes. Your doctor will provide instructions on how to submit your completed log each week.
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