Learn more about Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists and how to choose the right one for you

Learn more about Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists

A maternal-fetal medicine doctor specializes in the health needs of women and their unborn babies who are at risk of complications during pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine doctors provide both medical and surgical care, as well as genetic screening and pre-pregnancy counseling. Maternal-fetal medicine doctors work closely with obstetrician-gynecologists and neonatologists to develop comprehensive care plans.

A maternal-fetal medicine doctor typically:

  • Provides pre-pregnancy counseling including a medical history and genetic profile evaluation, as well as education about pregnancy wellness and ways to reduce risks and complications

  • Treats and monitors chronic diseases and conditions that affect the health of pregnant women and their unborn babies including diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, and heart disease

  • Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications

  • Diagnoses and treats acute pregnancy complications, such as preterm labor, preeclampsia, and eclampsia

  • Performs fetal diagnostic and screening tests, such as ultrasound, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, and percutaneous umbilical cord blood sampling to detect birth defects and fetal conditions

  • Performs surgical procedures on pregnant mothers and their unborn babies, such as open fetal surgery and fetoscopy to treat birth defects and prevent complications

  • Collaborates with other healthcare providers including obstetrician-gynecologists, neonatologists, genetic counselors, and nutritionists to help women and their families manage their pregnancy care

Maternal-fetal medicine doctors may also be known by the following names: perinatologist, maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist, MFM, maternal-fetal physician, high-risk pregnancy obstetrician, high-risk pregnancy specialist, high-risk pregnancy doctor, and high-risk pregnancy physician.

There are 113 specialists practicing Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Michigan with an overall average rating of 3.9 stars. There are 37 hospitals in Michigan with affiliated Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists, including Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Bronson Methodist Hospital and Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Southfield Campus.

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