Maternal Fetal Medicine
Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists treat mom and baby at the same time. We partner with you, your family, and your medical team to navigate the unexpected to achieve the best possible outcome. Our MFM experts work with a variety of patients including moms who have experienced complicated pregnancies in the past, women with chronic health conditions, and moms who develop unexpected problems during their pregnancy.
A high-risk pregnancy can put a mother or her developing fetus or both at an increased risk for complications during or after pregnancy and birth.
Our five board-certified MFM physicians specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of expectant mothers and their unborn babies who may be at high risk for health problems.
While some women may require a single visit before or during pregnancy to prepare and/or to provide guidance to their obstetrician, family practitioner or nurse-midwife on managing concurrent illnesses or complications of pregnancy. Others may warrant ongoing MFM specialist care, such as monitoring their condition through regular prenatal visits, performing fetal assessments with ultrasound and/or invasive procedures, and participating in delivery. Following delivery, MFM specialists may be consulted to diagnose or manage adverse or unusual pregnancy or postpartum events.
Our MFM specialists collaborate extensively with renowned pediatric subspecialists at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Having access to a world-class children’s hospital and the country’s 5th largest birthing center, we are equipped to provide state-of-the-art care for high-risk moms and their unborn babies.
And, for added piece of mind, The Gerber Foundation Neonatal Center at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is Level IV newborn intensive care unit (NICU) that is staffed by a team of neonatologists (doctors who are specially trained to care for high-risk, premature or critically ill babies), neonatal nurse practitioners and other specially trained medical staff. This dedicated team works around the clock to monitor and treat babies who require this level of care.