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Why a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist?

Most pregnancies proceed without problems and result in the delivery of normal and healthy babies. However, some women (5-10%) experience difficulties and/or there are complications with the pregnancy which place the health and well-being of the mother or baby at risk. Women experiencing these complications/difficulties or who are at risk for these complications/difficulties may be directed to see a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist.

As defined by the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine, a Maternal-Fetal medicine specialist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who has completed two to three years of additional formal education and clinical experience within the an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) approved Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program. Members of the Society have advanced knowledge of the obstetrical, medical, genetic, and surgical complications of pregnancy and the effects on both the mother and fetus.

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Why might a patient wish to be referred to a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist?

What are examples of types of patients seen by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists?

Why is an MFM specialist ideally suited/trained/prepared to care for women with these issues/pregnancy complications?

How is care coordinated between your provider and an MFM specialist?