Why do I need to see a MFM specialist?

Patients can be referred to see us for many reasons during pregnancy, such as: 

  • Comprehensive fetal anatomy ultrasound 
  • Amniocentesis 
  • Women with medical or surgical disorders, such as: 
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure 
    • Preeclampsia (toxemia) 
    • Diabetes or other endocrine disorders 
    • Kidney or gastrointestinal disease 
    • Infectious diseases 
  • Healthy women whose pregnancy is at markedly increased risk for adverse outcome, such as: 
    • Abnormal AFP (alpha fetoprotein) blood test 
    • Twins, triplets or more
    • Recurrent pre-term labor and delivery
    • Premature rupture of membranes
    • Recurrent pregnancy loss 
    • Suspected fetal growth restriction (baby not growing enough) 
  • There may be other reasons not listed above. 

How is care coordinated between my provider and the MFM sub-specialist at Regional Perinatal Group?

We recognize that your obstetricians-gynecologist is qualified by training and experience to manage many complicated pregnancies. As Maternal-Fetal Medicine sub-specialists, we complement your obstetrician’s care by providing consultations and/or co-management for complicated patients both before (pre-conceptional counseling) and during pregnancy. The relationship between your provider and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine sub-specialist here at Regional Perinatal Group will depend upon the acuity of the condition and local circumstances.


Willis-Knighton Physician Network