Maternal Fetal Medicine & Genetics Center

Maybe you have a condition that can result in birth defects or pregnancy loss, or your age indicates to your obstetrician that advanced prenatal tests are required. Some chronic medical conditions, like diabetes and cardiac disease, can make a pregnancy difficult. Or you may be experiencing pregnancy-related conditions, such as preterm labor or hypertension. Perhaps you are pregnant with multiples.

Whatever your condition, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician is dedicated to providing world-class care to the high-risk mother and her unborn child. Through early diagnosis and intervention, we can help bring your baby safely into the world.

Our diagnostic tools can help identify problems before birth, allowing family and physician to be prepared for a possible medical emergency. In case hospitalization is required, St. Vincent offers high-risk pregnancy suites within the Hospital for Women & Children - located just one floor above our offices.

Our MFM program provides comprehensive maternal and fetal assessments using leading-edge diagnostic tools and treatments to help determine appropriate care for the mother and her unborn baby. While we do not provide primary obstetrical care except in very high-risk situations, we work in concert with your OB/GYN.

Genetic Counseling services are provided by a Board Certified Professional.

Services & Procedures

Services Provided:

  • Genetic Counseling by a Licensed Board-Certified Genetic Counselor
  • Preconception Counseling
  • First and Second Trimester Sequential Screening for Chromosomal Defects
  • Cell Free Fetal DNA Testing
  • Comprehensive Diabetes Program
  • Maternal One Call Transport Program
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Telemedicine Clinic
  • High-Risk Obstetrical Care for Pregnant Patients with:
    • Diabetes
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Multiple Gestations (twins, triplets, or more)
    • Intrauterine Growth Restriction
    • Prior Stillbirth
    • Multiple Pregnancy Loss
    • Clotting Disorders
    • Autoimmune Disorders
    • History of or Current Preterm Labor
    • Numerous other Medical or Surgical Disorders

Office Procedures Performed:

  • Routine Obstetrical Ultrasounds
  • Level Two Obstetrical Ultrasounds
  • Routine Gynecological Ultrasounds
  • 3D/4D Ultrasounds
  • Multi-Vessel Doppler Flow Studies for Fetal Growth Restriction
  • Doppler Flow Studies for Fetal Anemia
  • Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome Surveillance
  • Fetal Echocardiograms
  • Genetic, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Amniocentesis
  • Sequential Screening for Aneuploidy and Spina Bifida
  • Biophysical Profile

Surgical Procedures:

What to Expect at Your Appointment

If you have been scheduled for an appointment with the physician and/or genetic counselor, you should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete any necessary paperwork. If you are undergoing genetic amniocentesis or ultrasound screening, you will first be required to undergo genetic counseling.

This session will last for approximately 30 minutes. After your meeting with the genetic counselor, you will undergo an ultrasound examination, followed by a consultation with the physician. Depending on the procedure, several staff members may assist the physician. The ultrasound examination will take an additional 45 minutes. If you have twins or higher order multiples, this examination requires additional time. Depending on your condition, a vaginal ultrasound may also be performed. You will receive pictures of your baby at the completion of the ultrasound examination. You are encouraged to ask questions during this appointment. If you have questions that were not answered to your satisfaction or questions that come up after leaving the office, please feel free to call later to have these questions answered.

Since your first visit with us is a consultation visit, you will need to follow up with your primary OB/GYN provider for the remainder of your pregnancy care. You may be scheduled for additional visits with us, depending on the findings at your appointment.

Patient Forms

Below please find links to our most commonly used patient forms.

Maternal Transport

Our goal is to work together with the Tri-State’s physicians to provide patients with easy access to the specialty care delivered by our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists. In some cases, that means patients may be transferred to St. Vincent from another hospital or outlying community.

For patients being referred to St. Vincent from area hospitals and physicians, St. Vincent Hospital for Women & Children offers maternal transport through our Perinatal & Pediatric ONE Call transfer program. Our goal is to provide the most advanced inpatient care to high risk pregnant women in the Tri-State.

The patient's attending physician contacts St. Mary’s Perinatal and Pediatric ONE Call Transfer and provides the patient's information. After acceptance by the St. Vincent Maternal Fetal Medicine physician, arrangements are made for the patient to be transported by ambulance or air, depending on the circumstances.

If transported by St. Vincent ambulance service to the Hospital for Women & Children, a paramedic, a respiratory therapist and a labor and delivery nurse will travel with the patient.

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