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Maternal and Fetal Medicine

Why choose Wayne Health for Maternal and Fetal Medicine?

Wayne Health’s Maternal Fetal Medicine program provides exceptional, personalized care to address any complication of pregnancy. We work alongside your obstetric provider to coordinate prenatal care, along with specialized testing and procedures, to ensure the best possible outcome. We can provide direct prenatal care for patients with particularly high-risk conditions, requiring a higher level of obstetric management. Our care is backed by the deep knowledge and expertise of medical providers who are all board certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, using the latest innovations in technology and highest standards of care.

Wayne Health Maternal Fetal physicians are supported by a team of academic specialists in other areas of medicine to ensure patients have quick access to a full range of comprehensive care.

Overview

Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists, also called perinatologists, focus on the diagnosis and treatment of women who are at high risk for problems during pregnancy. Wayne Health MFM specialists provide expert evaluation and highly specialized care, ranging from pre-conceptional and prenatal consultation, to a host of technologically advanced treatments or procedures, including:

  • Consultations for pregnancies with complications or at increased risk of adverse outcomes, due to:
    • Hypertension, obesity, thyroid disease, diabetes, autoimmune disease, multiple gestations, mid-trimester short cervix, prior preterm birth, recurrent pregnancy loss, history of severe or preterm pre-eclampsia and blood group sensitization
  • Obstetrical ultrasonography, both 3D and 4D
  • Color flow and other Doppler assessments of the fetus
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis and umbilical cord blood sampling
  • Genetic and preconception counseling
  • Prenatal interventions (e.g. umbilical cord blood transfusion and treatment of fetal arrhythmias)
  • Multidisciplinary management of pregnancies with fetal anomalies

Symptoms

Your pregnancy is high-risk if you or your baby has an increased risk for health problems. Many things can put you at high risk. But being at high risk does not mean that you or your baby will have a problem.

Your pregnancy is high-risk if:

  • You have a previous condition, such as diabetes.
  • Your baby has been found to have a problem, such as Down syndrome.
  • You have a problem during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, or problems with the placenta—the organ that gives food and oxygen to the baby.
  • You had a problem in a past pregnancy.
  • You are younger than 17 or older than 35.
  • You are pregnant with twins or more.

Your doctor will watch you closely to make sure that you and your baby are doing well. You may have ultrasounds or other tests to check your baby’s growth. In some cases, you may have to rest at home (or in the hospital) until your baby is old enough to be born safely. If your doctor thinks that your health or your baby’s health is at risk, you may have an early delivery.

Risk Factors

Our approach to diagnosis and treatment

Wayne Health physicians offer the latest technology and expertise for women experiencing high-risk and complicated pregnancies. Our doctors provide expert evaluation and highly specialized care ranging from pre-conceptional and prenatal consultation to a host of technologically-advanced diagnostic procedures or treatments.

Our physicians offer specialized services at multiple sites in southeast Michigan, are available for consultation 24 hours a day and provide labor and delivery services at Hutzel Women’s Hospital in Detroit. Patients receive personalized and passionate care on the leading edge of medicine.

Advancing research and medical education

Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This can make the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation, and before FDA approval or commercial availability.

Wayne Health providers are affiliated with the Perinatal Research Branch (PRB), the only branch of the National Institutes of Health outside of Maryland, providing access to the most recent information on obstetrics in the nation. The PRB conducts clinical and basic research in perinatal medicine to develop new diagnostic, treatment and preventive strategies reducing adverse pregnancy outcomes and infant mortality. The PRB also provides research training for physicians, scientists and other health care professionals to improve the health care of mothers and their children.

For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.

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