Maternal and Fetal Medicine

By Mayo Clinic Staff

The Maternal and Fetal Medicine group cares for women who have high-risk pregnancies involving obstetric, medical, surgical or genetic complications. These specialists complement obstetrical care providers, and can co-manage complex conditions before or during pregnancy.

Fetal Care Center

The Mayo Clinic Fetal Care Center uses a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach to help women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Fetal Care Center staff use imaging techniques to accurately diagnose babies with birth defects prenatally and then connect parents with a neonatologist and a pediatric subspecialist. This team of physicians and nurses helps coordinate any necessary intrauterine therapy, plans the route and timing of delivery and provides a smooth care transition for the newborn infant.

Available services in Maternal and Fetal Medicine include:

  • Pre-conception care
    • Care and counseling before pregnancy begins, for women who have increased medical, surgical or genetic risks.
  • Genetic testing
    • Abnormal AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) or quadruple screen test
    • Increased maternal or paternal age
    • Increased risks for genetic conditions
    • First trimester Down syndrome screening
  • Diagnostic or therapeutic procedures, including:
    • Genetic amniocentesis
    • Chorionic villous sampling
    • Fetal blood sampling
    • Fetal therapy, including intrauterine blood transfusion, laser ablation of twin transfusion and radio frequency ablation
    • Obstetric ultrasound
  • Integrated care for chronic conditions during pregnancy
    • Cancer
    • Heart disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Pre-eclampsia
    • Diabetes or endocrine disorders
    • Kidney disease
    • Infectious diseases
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Rheumatologic diseases
  • Obstetric complications
    • Preterm labor and preterm birth
    • Multiple gestation
    • Fetal growth disorders
    • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Targeted imaging for babies at risk for the following conditions:
    • Increased risk of birth defects
    • Fetal anomalies
    • Twin-twin transfusion syndrome
    • TRAP (twin-reversed arterial perfusion) sequence or acardiac twin
    • Fetal anemia
    • Fetal arrhythmia
    • Abnormal AFP (alpha-fetoprotein) screening testing
    • Increased maternal age

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