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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

When women are experiencing complications with pregnancy or fetal concerns, specialty care is critically important. 

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As the only Maternal-Fetal specialists in the region associated with an academic medical center, our specialists bring their own expertise as well as collaboration with neonatologists, geneticists, and other M Health Fairview specialists to provide the highest level of care for women and their babies — from preconception to post-partum.

Our Approach

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Centers provide innovative, comprehensive and interdisciplinary care for women. We collaborate with many specialists in the care of our patients, based on the unique circumstances of each patient and their unborn baby.

As part of an academic health center, our doctors are at the forefront of the field and don't just meet the standard of care, they set the standard. They read—and write—the newest literature and train the next generation of physicians, so they have the most up-to-date knowledge. Many of our physicians serve on the boards that certify maternal-fetal medicine specialists. The result is that you will receive the highest level of medical care. All of our physicians and genetic counselors are board certified.

Our compassionate, caring approach means our staff takes the time to listen to your concerns, and fully explain your condition and treatment options. Our physicians regularly collaborate with other sub-specialists, such as cardiologists, radiologists, neonatologists, social workers, and more, to discuss patient care and treatments. Your care team is assembled for you specifically, based on your specific diagnosis and care plan, so you've got a team of experts and caregivers that surround you.

Genetics Expertise 

We offer reproductive genetics consultation by certified genetic counselors who specialize in the field and board-certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists. Our experts are highly experienced in both high-risk pregnancies and clinical genetics. We help patients understand the options for testing and screening, interpret the results and prepare a care plan that makes the most sense for each individual. We use the most advanced fetal ultrasound capabilities to screen for genetic markers and the latest testing methods available including the newer non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPS) that isolates fetal genetic material from the mother’s blood.

Genetic screening and expert consultation provide the opportunity to process information and consider all of the options. It may also be the opportunity to prepare for the specific needs of the new baby.

In some cases, a woman is screened by her primary physician, and when the results show an increased risk for a genetic anomaly, our experts can help with further testing and treatment, both before the baby is born and after.

An integral part of University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, the maternal-fetal medicine specialists are closely aligned with the neonatologists in our Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and pediatric surgical sub-specialists.

Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center

FDTC offers complete maternal and fetal care for pregnancies with a known or possible fetal health problem. Our goal is to give patients as many details as possible about pregnancy and treatment options. We create a custom team of caring experts based on each patient’s unique needs. We see many different pregnancy complications at the FDTC and have multiple specialists who are part of our care teams. Depending on the need, care team membership may change or grow over time.

We help plan the right care during pregnancy and for the baby after delivery. Our hospital includes a Level IV NICU, offering the highest level of care available. Care at the FDTC may range from a one-time visit to complete prenatal care and delivery.

We understand the challenges of high risk pregnancy and ensure that our care meets every patient's medical, emotional and spiritual needs. To this end, patients are assigned a care coordinator as the main contact to help harmonize care at every stage and ensure patients understand their care plan and have the support they need.

Perinatal Assessment Center

Our PAC is dedicated to testing, screening and ongoing treatment for women experiencing a pregnancy-related condition or high-risk pregnancy. Focusing on issues from the common to the complex, our emphasis is the unique needs of pregnant women. Patients at the PAC may visit our centers just once for screening or have a series of visits as part of an assessment to assist their referring care team. After the assessment, patients may return to their own clinic or transfer their ongoing care to our PAC.

We understand the challenges of high risk pregnancy and ensure that our care meets every patient's medical, emotional and spiritual needs. To this end, patients are assigned a care coordinator as the main contact to help harmonize care at every stage and ensure patients understand their care plan and have the support they need.

Conditions We Treat

Maternal-Fetal Medicine includes the Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center (FDTC), focusing on fetal concerns, the Perinatal Assessment Center (PAC) which focuses on maternal conditions. Maternal-Fetal Medicine also offers highly specialized imaging technology and genetics expertise for both mothers and babies.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

The Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Center (FDTC) offers complete maternal and fetal care for pregnancies with a known or possible fetal health problem. Our goal is to give patients as many details as possible about pregnancy and treatment options. We create a custom team of caring experts based on each patient’s unique needs. We see many different pregnancy complications at the FDTC and have multiple specialists who are part of our care teams. Depending on the need, care team membership may change or grow over time.

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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Prenatal Consultations
  • Ultrasound Doppler Scanning
  • Amniocentesis
  • Fetal Echocardiography
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