Women with at risk, high risk or with complicated pregnancies may be referred to the FAU for additional care by the Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists. Women needing these services may include those with heart disease, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, diabetes, kidney disease, gastrointestinal disease and certain infectious diseases. Healthy women who have had an abnormal Triple Marker Screen, who are carrying twins or triplets, who will be over age 35 at time of delivery or who have a history of preterm labor and/or delivery will also be referred to the FAU. The FAU also follows women whose babies are thought not to be growing well or whose babies have had an abnormality diagnosed by ultrasound.
Services provided in the FAU to monitor the health and well being of mothers and their unborn babies include highly specialized ultrasounds, genetic diagnosis by amniocentesis, and monitoring of the baby's heartbeat by electronic fetal monitor.
A Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist is an individual who has completed two to three years of additional training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine after completing training to be an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. This specialized training gives them expertise in caring for a variety of obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications of pregnancy. An MFM physician is capable of providing the highest level of care for both the mother and her unborn baby. This care is coordinated with the routine care she is receiving in the OB Clinic. These services are provided by referral only by the OB Provider.