Case Western Reserve
Medicine of Osteopathy
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
Howard University College of Medicine
Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
University of Virginia
Maternal Fetal Medicine
Maternal-fetal medicine is a subspecialty of obstetrics encompassing the intricate care of pregnant individuals facing complex medical conditions or potential complications during pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine physicians, also known as perinatologists, are board-certified obstetricians with additional, specialized training in managing high-risk pregnancies.
Key areas of expertise in maternal-fetal medicine include:
Prenatal Diagnosis and Genetic Counseling: Proficient in utilizing advanced diagnostic technologies to detect and evaluate congenital anomalies, genetic disorders, and chromosomal abnormalities in the developing fetus. Provides expert genetic counseling to guide parents through decision-making processes.
High-Risk Pregnancy Management: Expertise in identifying and managing a wide spectrum of maternal medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, and infections, that may impact the pregnancy. Ensures optimal care to mitigate risks and complications.
Ultrasound and Imaging: Proficient in conducting specialized ultrasound examinations and fetal monitoring, allowing for early detection of fetal anomalies and growth restrictions.
Fetal Therapy: Knowledge in performing in-utero interventions when necessary, including fetal surgeries, transfusions, and medication administration to address specific fetal conditions.
Collaborative Care: Collaborates closely with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, and genetic counselors, to provide comprehensive care for the mother and the unborn child.
Preconception Counseling: Offers guidance to individuals with preexisting medical conditions or a history of complicated pregnancies to optimize health before conceiving.
Labor and Delivery Planning: Works with obstetricians to develop comprehensive labor and delivery plans tailored to the unique needs of high-risk pregnancies.
Patient Education and Support: Empowers expectant parents with information and emotional support, enabling them to make informed decisions about their pregnancy and the well-being of their child.