What is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist?
Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians are high-risk pregnancy experts, specializing in the un-routine. For pregnant women with chronic health problems, MFM physicians work with other clinical specialists in an office or hospital setting to keep the woman healthy as her body changes and her baby grows. MFM physicians also care for women who face unexpected problems that develop during pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding, or high blood pressure. We’re the go-to for pregnant women who arrive in the hospital for any reason, whether after an accident or at the onset of a kidney infection. In other cases, it’s the baby who faces the un-routine. If we find birth defects or growth problems, we can start treatment before birth, providing monitoring, blood transfusions and surgery to support babies with the best possible care until they are ready to arrive in the world.
A Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician is an ObGyn who has completed and additional two to three years of education and clinical experience to develop specialized skills to help both woman and baby before and during an un-routine pregnancy. MFM training includes both medical treatment and complex procedures for women and babies. It also enables MFMs to conduct and interpret research on new approaches for pregnancy problems.