Special Care for Women With Complicated Pregnancies
When it comes to pregnancy, our focus is on the health and well-being of the mother and baby. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist understands the unique challenges of a high-risk pregnancy. The fellowship-trained maternal fetal medicine specialists at Spectrum Health provide care for high-risk pregnant women and women with chronic illnesses considering pregnancy.
Maternal-fetal medicine specialists provide care for both the mother and fetus (unborn baby) in a complicated pregnancy. Special education and training are required and our specialists have completed two to three years of a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship and four years of obstetrics and gynecology residency training. Through fellowship training, maternal-fetal medicine specialists gain special competence in various obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy.
High-Risk Pregnancy Care
If needed, our high-risk obstetrics providers work with other medical specialists to coordinate care during pregnancy and birth, and throughout the newborn period. This multispecialty system of care allows for the best outcomes in a complicated pregnancy.
Services provided by our maternal-fetal physicians include:
Maternal-fetal medicine services at Spectrum Health are available on inpatient, outpatient and consultative basis.
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Referrals
Most women are referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist because they are "at risk" and considering becoming pregnant, are pregnant and "high risk," have a complicated condition, or are otherwise concerned about their pregnancy.
Women with medical or surgical disorders, including the following, may benefit from a maternal-fetal medicine referral:
Healthy women whose pregnancy is at markedly increased risk for adverse outcome, including the following, may benefit from a maternal-fetal medicine referral:
Working with Your Doctor
Many obstetrician-gynecologists are qualified by training and experience to manage complicated pregnancies. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists supplement the skills of these physicians by providing consultations, co-management or direct care for patients in complicated pregnancies..
For more information or to make an appointment, contact a Spectrum Health maternal-fetal medicine or high-risk obstetrics specialist.