A general obstetrician can care for most pregnancies. However, sometimes having a baby is more complicated than usual. 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:
An MFM (maternal fetal medicine) specialist is an obstetrician who has received additional education (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.
Our MFM specialists are nationally recognized leaders in all aspects of high-risk pregnancy care, medical education and perinatal research. They work together to provide prenatal ultrasound and out-patient consultative services at four locations:
They also work closely with our obstetricians and medical/surgical specialists to manage complicated patients during labor at Pennsylvania Hospital and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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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