For expectant families, the anticipation of having a baby is both joyous
and exciting. While most pregnancies proceed without complications,
some women may need to be watched more closely and/or require additional
testing. In this case, your primary obstetric care provider or
infertility specialist may suggest you consult with a Maternal-Fetal
Medicine (MFM) physician, also called a perinatologist.
What does a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician do?
Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians are obstetricians who have several
additional years of training in the management of obstetrical, medical
and surgical complications of pregnancy. They specialize in the
diagnosis, treatment, and ongoing care of expectant mothers and their
unborn babies who may be at high risk for special health challenges.
Your primary obstetric care provider may refer you to a MFM physician if
he/she sees the potential for a pregnancy related health concern or if a
problem develops during the course of your pregnancy. Be assured that
seeking care from a MFM physician does not necessarily mean that your
pregnancy will be a difficult one or that your baby will have health
challenges. It simply means that your care providers are taking
precautionary measures to ensure that you and your baby receive the best
care possible, while putting your mind at ease.
Who might be referred to a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist?
You may be referred to a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist if you have any of the following pregnancy-related conditions:
- Abnormalities of Fetal Growth
- Abnormal Screening (i.e. first or second trimester serum screen)
- Advanced Maternal Age
- Structural Birth Defects for the Baby
- Fetal Cardiac Arrhythmias
- Genetic Conditions (family history)
- Incompetent Cervix
- Maternal and Fetal Infections
- Multiple Gestation
- Placental Abnormalities
- Preterm Labor
- Premature Rupture of the Membranes
- Prolonged Pregnancy
- Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
- Rh and Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus
- Teratogen Exposures
Or, if you have a maternal medical disorders that may include:
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Birth Defects or Genetic Conditions (family history)
- Cardiac Disease
- Clotting or Bleeding Disorders
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Renal Disease
- Seizures or other Neurological Disorders
- Thyroid problems
Center for Prenatal Diagnosis
offer routine and targeted ultrasound examinations, genetic counseling,
prenatal screening, and fetal diagnostic testing. The Center for
Prenatal Diagnosis offers consultation and diagnosis of complicated
pregnancies in addition to complete pregnancy care.
Call the Center for Prenatal Diagnosis, at (317) 415-8070.
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MFM and Genetics Center
specialize in evaluating and consulting with mothers considered to be
high-risk. We offer routine and targeted ultrasound examinations,
genetic counseling, prenatal screenings, fetal diagnostic testing, and
the co-management of diabetic pregnancies, including education and
Call the Maternal Fetal Medicine and Genetics Center at (317) 415-8100.
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