Maternal-fetal medicine is a specialized field of medical practice within obstetrics/gynecology. At McKay-Dee Hospital, these doctors - known as Perinatologists - manage high-risk pregnancies related to a condition of either the mother or the fetus.
Only about 10% of women require the services of a Perinatologist. These women have medical conditions that can potentially have an adverse affect on the fetus during pregnancy, for example preeclampsia, kidney or gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, diabetes, or other infectious diseases.
Sometimes even healthy women require the specialized care of a Perinatologist, for example, women who may be having twins or multiples, those who suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss (miscarriage), premature rupture of membranes (water breaks early), or other issues that may place the mother or baby at increased risk for adverse outcome.
Services available at our clinic include ultrasound, fetal monitoring, specialized fetal procedures, genetic counseling, consultation regarding high-risk pregnancies, and gestational diabetes counseling and management.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research
You may also qualify for one of several studies being conducted by an accredited team of research nurses and physicians designed to detect and resolve some of the factors that contribute to complicated pregnancies. Talk to your doctor if you are interested in learning more about research at McKay-Dee Hospital.