The Maternal-Fetal Center offers an array of diagnostic testing services which include:
- First Trimester Screening: for all women who are pregnant.
- Carrier Screening: for women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
- Chorionic Villus Sampling: for all women who are pregnant.
- Amniocentesis: for all women who are pregnant.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Consultation
Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients who are at increased risk for complications during or after pregnancy and birth. Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists commonly manage women with hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, autoimmune diseases, blood clotting disorders and other conditions. Women who have increased risk for preterm delivery, such as women with multiple gestations, with cervical insufficiency or placental problems may benefit from the care of a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician. In addition, women who are pregnant with babies with birth differences, genetic syndromes and other complications may also seek consultation with a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist works collaboratively with the woman’s obstetrician to develop a tailored plan of care for the optimal pregnancy outcome.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Diabetes Program
The St. Elizabeth Healthcare Maternal-Fetal Medicine Diabetes Program is a specialized program to care for pregnant women with diabetes. Pre-existing diabetes or gestational diabetes (which develops during pregnancy) may increase the risk for complications. For women who have uncontrolled blood sugar in the first trimester, the risk for birth differences may be increased. Since gestational diabetes usually develops later in pregnancy, the risk for birth differences is low. However, when diabetes is left untreated or poorly managed, there are additional risks to the mother and baby. Poorly controlled diabetes increases the risk for complications and can lead to preterm labor and in some cases, preterm delivery and problems in the newborn period.
The Diabetes Program includes:
- A diabetic education class taught by a certified diabetic educator.
- Weekly or bi-weekly visits with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist and Diabetes Nurse.
- Frequent monitoring of weight, blood sugar, blood pressure and urine.
- Consultation letters with all results and changes sent to your physician.
- An individualized care plan for you.
- Consultation with the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Diabetes Program can be billed to your insurance.
Genetic and Preconception Counseling is also available for information on the risk of birth differences, genetic disorders and hereditary conditions such as cancer.