Maternal–fetal medicine specialists are physicians who subspecialize within the field of obstetrics. They act both as a consultant during lower-risk pregnancies and as the primary obstetrician in high-risk pregnancies. MFMs attend to patients who fall within certain levels of maternal care. These levels correspond to health risks for the baby, mother, or both, during pregnancy. They take care of pregnant women who have chronic conditions (e.g. heart or kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes, and thrombophilia), pregnant women who are at risk for pregnancy-related complications (e.g. preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, and twin or triplet pregnancies), and pregnant women with fetuses at risk. Fetuses may be at risk due to chromosomal or congenital abnormalities, maternal disease, infections, genetic diseases and growth restriction.
MFM Specialists provide peer and patient education.
MFM Specialists work with all Obstetric Providers to help manage high-risk pregnancies.
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