Starting as a single neonatology practice in 1979, we have evolved into a multi-specialty network of experts in women's and children's health care. Our maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists — also called perinatologists and high-risk obstetricians — provide specialized care for women with complex pregnancies.
Caring for nearly 200,000 high-risk pregnant patients a year, our board-certified/eligible, compassionate MFM specialists manage the complex needs of expectant mothers and their unborn babies. Experts in MFM, they provide:
Prenatal care for women with complicated or high-risk pregnancies.
Care for expectant mothers with medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, excessive bleeding, infections and HIV.
Manages complications that arise during pregnancy or delivery.
Conducts diagnostic tests to determine a mother’s health and check the unborn baby’s growth and development.
Checks the baby for birth defects and genetic disorders.
Identifies and treats birth defects, heart conditions and blood disorders.
Monitors labor and delivers babies of high-risk moms.
As MFM specialists, we play many roles: diagnostician, teacher, counselor, consultant and primary care provider. Our goal is to help each family understand their baby's diagnosis and treatment options, then develop a plan of care with the family's participation and input.
Collaborate across the continuum
MFM care requires coordination among genetic counselors, nurse practitioners and sonographers to ensure the best patient outcomes.
Provide high-quality care
High-risk pregnancies require a higher level of obstetrical skill and expertise. MFM specialists excel at delivering high-quality, evidence-based care for the most complex cases.
Manage health care costs
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Strengthen referral networks
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Complex, high-risk pregnancies require specialized expertise to manage the health and well-being of expectant mothers and their developing babies. Our maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists are obstetricians who have completed several years of additional education and training, qualifying them to manage patients with various challenging conditions that transcend general obstetrics.
Our team of MFM specialists cares for nearly 200,000 patients a year, providing quality care throughout a mother’s pregnancy, as well as during delivery and shortly afterward. Offering this level of uninterrupted specialty care helps ensure the best possible outcomes for moms and their unborn babies.
In addition to completing four years of medical school and a four-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology, MFM specialists must complete a minimum three-year fellowship program in MFM. Subsequently, they must complete a related thesis to be eligible to take the MFM board-certification exam.
Counseling patients and performing detailed ultrasound examinations that help detect and characterize the presence of fetal anomalies.
Help obstetricians manage pregnant patients who suffer from medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, neurologic disorders, cancer and autoimmune disease.
Manage pregnancy complications such as fetal growth abnormalities, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature ruptured membranes, preterm labor and multiple gestation.
Offer preconception counseling for patients with medical complications or a history of pregnancy complications/poor obstetric outcomes, working with families to develop treatment plans to optimize future pregnancy outcomes.
Our MFMs collaborate across a continuum of specialties to share knowledge and determine the most viable care options for each patient's unique needs. They actively involve family members, the patient’s primary obstetrician and other health care team members to achieve optimum outcomes.
Experts in their field, our highly educated and experienced MFMs have lectured and published extensively in maternal-fetal medicine. They are continually engaged in clinical research to evolve this subspecialty.
Our continuum of care includes a wide variety of women's and children's services:
Blog | May 17, 2022