At Mayo Clinic, if you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will be cared for by the maternal and fetal medicine team.
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Women with complex pregnancies who turn to the maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Mayo Clinic find assurance in receiving compassionate care incorporating advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches.
Our maternal-fetal medicine experts work with a multidisciplinary team that includes specialists in treating children with congenital conditions (neonatologists, pediatric surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists, nephrologists, neonatologists) and surgeons with extensive experience in fetal surgery. These specialists complement obstetrical care providers and work together to help people with complex conditions before or during pregnancy.
A dedicated team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals ensures the coordinated approach necessary for intrauterine therapy and optimal planning for delivery and neonatal care. You'll receive support from dietitians, genetics counselors, social workers, nurse specialists and others as needed.
Fetal care team
The doctors, nurses and allied health professionals of the fetal care team use a team-based, multidisciplinary approach to help women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. They use advanced imaging techniques to accurately diagnose babies with birth defects prenatally and connect parents with neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists when needed.
This team of experts works with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your situation. Your care team also coordinates a smooth care transition for your baby.
Tests and procedures
3D fetal ultrasound
A 3D fetal ultrasound can detect facial abnormalities or neural tube defects.
Availability of services varies among Mayo Clinic locations. Please confirm when you contact Mayo Clinic.
At Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, you'll find a specialized multidisciplinary fetal surgery team trained to care for women with pregnancies complicated by all forms of fetal distress and abnormalities. Improvements in prenatal testing, imaging and technology have provided maternal-fetal medicine specialists with new tools to address these conditions.
Maternal care team
The maternal care team at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, uses a coordinated, multidisciplinary team approach to help women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Services include:
- Care and counseling before pregnancy begins (preconception care) for women who have increased medical, surgical or genetic risks
- Integrated care for chronic conditions during pregnancy:
- Obstetric complications:
Clinician-researchers and scientists of the maternal and fetal medicine specialty group have advanced the field with studies in preterm labor assessment, fetal assessment during maternal surgery, effective use of blood products during pregnancy, decreasing maternal exposure to radiation, placenta previa and abnormal placentation, integration or acculturation, and fetal surgery.
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