When you have a high-risk or complicated pregnancy, your doctor may recommend you see a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist (MFM) throughout your pregnancy. Your MFM Specialist will work collaboratively with your regular obstetrical team for an added level of support – and an extra layer of safety – for you and your baby.
Unlike most ob/gyn offices that refer patients to an outside office or hospital for MFM services, Women’s Excellence now offers dedicated clinical and consultative maternal fetal medicine services to patients within the practice. Our patients and their babies will now have greater access to specialty care closer to home!
What is an MFM specialist?
MFM doctors, also called perinatologists, are OB/GYN doctors with advanced fellowship training in the diagnosis and management of complications in women and their unborn babies. When pregnancies are considered high risk, there is a greater chance that the baby or mother will experience problems, such as preterm labor or preeclampsia.
Why do I need an MFM doctor?
If you have a high-risk pregnancy, chances are good you’d benefit from seeing a maternal fetal medicine specialist. These doctors are obstetricians who have three additional years of training in helping women through high-risk pregnancies. Women with a history of heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, seizure disorders, autoimmune diseases, blood clotting disorders, or infections will benefit from the expertise of a MFM doctor.
What can I expect from my MFM consultation?
We do a detailed review of your medical and pregnancy history, review any outside records from your OB/GYN or other medical doctors, and perform an ultrasound exam of the fetus. You’ll discuss all this information in detail with your MFM doctor, and they will work with you to make a plan of care for the remainder of the pregnancy and possibly for your delivery.
We use a team approach and the latest treatments to help our patients manage complicated or high-risk pregnancies!