Maternal fetal medicine is an obstetrics subspecialty that focuses on diagnosis, treatment and care of expectant mothers and their unborn babies, who may be at high risk for special health problems.
Doctors who practice this branch of obstetrics are also known as perinatologists.
Some women may be at an increased risk for complications during pregnancy if:
They are having their first baby after age 35
Have high blood pressure, diabetes or other medical conditions
Carrying more than one baby
Experience pre-term labor
Have a history of pregnancy-related complications.
Maternal fetal medicine specialists work with your obstetrician, and can help with consultation and co-management of complicated conditions before and during pregnancy.
- Marshfield Clinic maternal fetal medicine specialists provide:
- Maternal and fetal medical care
- Ultrasound examinations
- Genetic counseling
- Diabetes education
- State-of-the-art diagnostic tests
- Tests of fetal well-being