Is MFM a high risk doctor?

Is MFM a high risk doctor?

These doctors are obstetricians who also completed 3 extra years of training in high-risk pregnancy. They are also called perinatologists and high-risk pregnancy doctors.

What happens at maternal-fetal medicine?

In addition to blood tests, MFM specialists use advanced testing to identify genetic problems and birth defects. This allows parents to prepare for the birth of a child with special needs. It also helps pediatric surgeons make plans for treating babies with birth defects after — and sometimes even before — birth.

What is the difference between Obgyn and MFM?

Maternal-fetal medicine is an ob-gyn sub-specialty that focuses on managing pregnancy complications in a mother and/or her baby. An MFM, also known as a perinatologist, is an ob-gyn who has undergone specialized training to manage high-risk pregnancies.

Can MFM deliver babies?

Though a patient may have several appointments with the maternal-fetal medicine specialist, the obstetrician will continue to manage the pregnancy and deliver the baby.

What happens at your first MFM appointment?

The first appointment is a consultation appointment which includes an ultrasound assessment of your pregnancy. Your MFM physician will review any medical records, surgical history, medications or environmental exposures, and prenatal labs or screening tests that may have been done.

Why do you get referred to maternal-fetal medicine?

You may be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist if you have a pre-existing medical condition prior to pregnancy, develop a medical condition during pregnancy or have problems during delivery. Additionally, you will see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist during pregnancy if your baby has an anomaly.

When should I see a maternal-fetal medicine?

You may also need a maternal fetal medicine specialist if you’ve had problems with a pregnancy in the past, you need special tests or procedures, or you or your baby develops problems anytime during your pregnancy (such as a birth defect). Women carrying more than one baby will also need to see an MFM specialist.

What is considered a high-risk pregnancy?

You may be considered high-risk if you have a history of miscarriage, preterm labor, or cesarean delivery. Likewise, if you’ve already had one child with a birth defect, any subsequent pregnancies may be treated as high-risk.

What’s considered a high-risk pregnancy?

A high-risk pregnancy is a pregnancy that involves increased health risks for the pregnant person, unborn baby or both. Certain health conditions and your age (being over 35 or under 17 when pregnant) can make a pregnancy high risk. These pregnancies require close monitoring to reduce the chance of complications.

What are examples of high-risk pregnancies?

A woman’s pregnancy might be considered high risk if she:

  • is age 17 or younger.
  • is age 35 or older.
  • was underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant.
  • is pregnant with twins, triplets, or other multiples.
  • has high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, or another health problem.