Maternal Fetal Medicine (Perinatology)

Perinatology is the branch of obstetrics concerned with the care of the fetus and complicated, high-risk pregnancies. Expectant mothers who need specialized pregnancy care may be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist. 

Northeast Medical Group’s board-certified maternal fetal medicine specialists are skilled at the medical management of high-risk, complicated pregnancies; use advanced diagnostic treatment technology; and offer comprehensive, quality care in a compassionate environment.

Our maternal fetal medicine team also includes obstetricians, ultrasonographers, neonatologists, genetic counselors, diabetes educators and nurses, who work together to provide superior expertise and care for mother and baby. Because the uncertainty of a high-risk pregnancy can be challenging for expectant women, the team is focused on patient education and clear communication – from diagnosis through treatment and delivery. Every aspect of care will be clearly explained, and all appropriate options will be discussed to help patients and their families make the best informed decisions.

Who may benefit from the care of a maternal fetal medicine specialist?

Healthy women whose pregnancy is considered high risk due to:

  • Advanced maternal age (35 years or older)
  • Abnormal APF (alpha fetoprotein) blood test
  • Multiples (twins, triplets or more)
  • Recurrent preterm labor and delivery
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Suspected fetal growth restriction (baby appears to be growing slowly)

Women with health problems such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia (toxemia)
  • Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
  • Kidney or gastrointestinal disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Body mass index of 30 or greater