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Caring for Mother and Baby

We offer obstetrical ultrasound services to all pregnant women and provide specialized care for women considered at high risk for a pregnancy.

Coronavirus Information from Penn Maternal Fetal Medicine

Obstetrical providers across the health system have been working from the beginning of the epidemic to make sure that we are able to continue to provide care to our patients that is personal, based on good science, and meets the high standards we have for care at Penn. We have many processes in place to make sure the birth of your child is safe and special.

Appointments and Procedures: How We're Keeping You Safe

At Penn Medicine, our highest priority is making sure you get the care you need, when you need it, in the safest way possible.

We've implemented new safety protocols for in-person appointments and procedures. We are continually evaluating patient care to improve treatment and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

We also have answers to frequently asked questions about COVID-19, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and how you can help keep your baby safe.

Obstetricians and midwives can care for most women during pregnancy. However, sometimes having a baby is more complicated. A pregnancy is considered high risk when there are potential complications that could affect the mother, the baby or both. These complications could exist prior to pregnancy, arise during pregnancy or emerge after pregnancy, and include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
  • Infectious diseases
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) or preeclampsia (toxemia)
  • Kidney or gastrointestinal disease
  • Rare maternal genetic and other disease
  • Later age pregnancy
  • Genetic disorders
  • Placental problems
  • Multiple gestation pregnancies (twins, triplets, or more)
  • Recurrent preterm labor and delivery
  • Cervical insufficiency
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Congenital abnormalities (birth defects)
  • Critical care needs

A MFM (maternal fetal medicine) specialist is an obstetrician who has received additional training (a fellowship) and can evaluate, diagnose and monitor high-risk pregnancies. Penn MFM specialists work to make high-risk situations less stressful for you, your baby and your family. Women with cardiac disease, diabetes and other pre-existing conditions receive personalized care from our team of specialists. We also offer genetic counseling and have a prematurity prevention program for women who have had a preterm delivery. We work closely with your obstetrician to care for both mother and baby throughout your pregnancy.



Our MFM specialists are nationally recognized leaders in all aspects of high-risk pregnancy care, medical education and perinatal research.

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Prenatal Ultrasound and Antenatal Testing Services

Our prenatal ultrasound service brings you a team of Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists who take a hands-on approach and actively engage in the personal evaluation of your pregnancy.

High-Risk Pregnancy Team

Whether your risk occurs during your pregnancy, labor and delivery, or the post-partum period, our MFM specialists care for the unique needs of your growing family.

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