Utah Valley Maternal Fetal Medicine provides specialized services to care for women with a high-risk pregnancy condition. We manage conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, multiple gestations, and preterm labor.
Our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists are certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and work closely with your primary care provider to provide excellent care for both you and your baby during pregnancy.
Maternal Fetal Medicine Services
You may be referred for either a normal fetal anatomic screening ultrasound or a detailed ultrasound when an abnormality on ultrasound is observed in your primary care provider’s office. We work with mothers throughout pregnancy and provide a number of specialized services including:
- Obstetrical ultrasounds
- Prenatal diagnosis
- Antenatal surveillance
- Counseling for prenatal screening
- Diagnostic testing (such as amniocentesis)
- Fetal blood sampling
- External cephalic version
A diabetes nurse educator is available in our Maternal Fetal Medicine office every Monday to assist patients with pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 pre-existing diabetes. This nurse educator works with one of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician to provide a care plan to help each patient. These visits are often combined with an ultrasound or a non-stress test, which reduces the number of visits for our patients.
Gestational Diabetes Clinic
When certain types of high-risk pregnancies are encountered, there may be an increased risk for a genetic condition. Specialty-trained genetic counselors are available to assess patients for their risk 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.
What is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist?
A Maternal-Fetal specialist is a physician who has completed a four-year training program in Obstetrics & Gynecology and then has completed a three-year fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine, which is training focused on caring for women and their babies who have a high-risk pregnancy condition.
What to Expect During a Maternal Fetal Medicine Visit
- Arriving at the Office: The Maternal Fetal Medicine office is located on the first floor of Utah Valley Hospital, right off the main entrance. A satellite clinic is also available at the American Fork Specialty Clinic. Once you arrive at our office, check in at the front desk, at which time you will be asked to complete a patient health history form.
- During the Procedure: Once you are ready, one of our nurses will escort you to one of our ultrasound rooms to take your vitals. An ultrasound technician will then measure your baby and assess the fetal anatomy.
- Follow-up Care: Following a review of the ultrasound images, one of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians will meet with you and explain the ultrasound findings.
Sometimes a mother with a high-risk pregnancy will need to stay at the hospital for additional attention and special care. Our spacious antepartum rooms are for these mothers. These beautiful rooms, located on the Utah Valley Hospital Labor & Delivery Unit, have a feel of home, with many of the same amenities, including privacy and Internet access, not to mention an amazing view of the city and the mountains. These mothers receive regular care and are guided through the pregnancy by our expert care teams to prepare them for birth.