The mission of LDS Hospital's Maternal-Fetal Medicine Center is to provide state-of-the-art care during high-risk pregnancies, making sure mothers are healthy and ensuring the best possible outcome for their babies, before the babies are born.
The unit is also a center of education and research where physicians receive training from world-renowned physicians and where patients have the chance to participate in ground-breaking studies that help all women have successful pregnancies.
Highly-trained staff that includes physicians who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine
- Our staff provides sophisticated care for pregnant women with obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications. Women with serious medical illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease can have successful pregnancies and healthy babies.
- The staff has special expertise in prenatal testing. Along with full-time genetic counselors and a certified geneticist, they provide state-of-the art prenatal screening and use specialized diagnostic techniques, many of which they helped to develop.
- The maternal fetal medicine center has an experienced team with expertise in advanced aspects of maternal-fetal medicine. Our team is part of a large research center that participates in some of the most important maternal-fetal studies in progress.
A wall full of baby pictures and notes from grateful parents tells why the unit is here
One of the most striking features of the unit: A wall of photos that shows babies who've been born with the help of the maternal-fetal medicine staff. Some of the notes:
- We have been blessed with a wonderful baby girl - we could not have gotten through without your care.
- Thomas is healthy and strong, with no signs of his prematurity or difficult pregnancy; he is walking all over and getting into everything!
- Thank you for all of the tender loving care you gave me during my pregnancy.
- We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for blessing our lives - our little ones are doing awesome!
- I hope I will be back in a year or so for one last pregnancy.
The majority of mothers who come into the maternal fetal medicine center eventually have successful pregnancies with normal, healthy babies. The health of the mother and baby is a result of specialized care of mothers with serious medical or obstetric complications and babies who've been diagnosed prenatally with anatomical or genetic problems.
How the maternal-fetal medicine team does their work:
- The maternal-fetal medicine physicians and nurses provide consultations and prenatal care for pregnant women with medical, surgical, or obstetric complications.
- The center is also a place where women with normal or high risk pregnancies are sent for screening using state-of the art diagnostic ultrasound, antenatal tests of fetal well-being, genetic counseling, and a variety of screening and monitoring tests for high-risk pregnancies.
- The maternal-fetal medicine physicians and specially-trained technicians screen for abnormalities in the fetus and placenta, and provide treatment when available.
- The maternal-fetal medicine center has five testing rooms where specially-trained nurses assess the health of the baby while the babies are still in their mothers' wombs.
- Specially trained genetic counselors assess patients for their individual risks of inherited disease and advise parents about risk factors and potential treatment options. These counselors also help families connect to community resources and support groups.
- Women with high risk pregnancies may also be screened and enrolled in numerous research studies that are currently underway.
- The maternal-fetal medicine staff cares for roughly 17,500 patients per year, many of whom come to satellite clinics in Salt Lake.
Maternal Fetal Medicine
LDS Hospital (4th Floor)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
24-hour access: (801) 408-3446
Peripheral Vascular Lab (801) 408-1251