Question: Why Was I Referred To Maternal Fetal Medicine?

What is the difference between maternal fetal medicine and OB GYN?

A: A maternal-fetal medicine specialist (perinatologist) receives a traditional obstetrics and gynecology education but with an additional three years of training to learn how to treat medical complications that are related to pregnancy..

What is considered a high risk pregnancy?

A “high-risk” pregnancy means a woman has one or more things that raise her — or her baby’s — chances for health problems or preterm (early) delivery. A woman’s pregnancy might be considered high risk if she: is age 17 or younger. is age 35 or older. was underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant.

What is a high risk ObGyn called?

If your pregnancy is considered high risk, your doctor may refer you to a perinatologist. Also called a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, a perinatologist is an obstetrician with special training in high-risk pregnancy care.

Why are you referred to fetal medicine?

Women are referred to our fetal medicine unit when an abnormality is detected during a routine scan, or if there is concern for the health of an unborn baby.

What is a MFM ultrasound?

An ultrasound done by a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) clinic is different. A scan done in the hospital or at your obstetrician’s office may be a very good one. Even so, MFM sonographers are specially trained to understand maternal and fetal physiology, and to be able to distinguish between normal and abnormal.

What is fetal medicine department?

The Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) provides an integrated multidisciplinary service for women experiencing a “high risk” pregnancy. We receive referrals for fetal anomalies from around NSW and have a number of fully accredited Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialists.

What does a maternal fetal medicine doctor do?

A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is a doctor who helps take care of women having complicated or high-risk pregnancies. Being pregnant with twins is considered a high-risk pregnancy, so it’s likely that an MFM specialist will be part of your medical team.

What is maternal fetal assessment?

The Maternal/Fetal Assessment provides antenatal testing services to high risk pregnant patients on an outpatient basis. These services include non-stress testing, measurement of biophysical profiles, contraction stress tests and outpatient inductions.

What happens at fetal assessment unit?

During this appointment a scan will be done to assess your baby’s well-being (or example, assessing amniotic fluid and the placenta function) and you will be seen by a midwife. The midwife will offer you a ‘sweep’ (a procedure to try and bring on labour) and talk to you about the potential need for induction of labour.

What happens at your first maternal fetal medicine appointment?

First-trimester screening tests a pregnant woman’s blood and includes an ultrasound exam (nuchal translucency screening), which looks for risk of Down syndrome and other types of aneuploidy. It also looks for physical defects of the brain, heart, abdominal wall and skeleton.

Who needs maternal fetal medicine?

You may also need a maternal fetal medicine specialist if you’ve had problems with a pregnancy in the past, you need special tests or procedures, or you or your baby develops problems anytime during your pregnancy (such as a birth defect). Women carrying more than one baby will also need to see an MFM specialist.

Do maternal fetal medicine perform surgery?

Maternal–fetal medicine specialists are physicians who subspecialize within the field of obstetrics. Their training typically includes a four-year residency in obstetrics and gynecology followed by a three-year fellowship. They may perform prenatal tests, provide treatments, and perform surgeries.

What happens at Fetal Medicine appointment?

Fetal medicine involves the assessment of the unborn fetus mainly by ultrasound. This may allow monitoring of certain conditions, the diagnosis of congenital disorders, in utero (within the womb) therapy, optimisation of time and place of delivery and optimisation of postnatal management.

What is a fetal anomaly?

Fetal anomalies refer to unusual or unexpected conditions in a baby’s development during pregnancy. Fetal anomalies may also be known as congenital anomalies or birth defects.

What do they do at a fetal assessment?

We use a machine known as a fetal monitor to do a non-stress test. A non-stress test (NST) looks at your baby’s heart rate over time (usually 20 to 30 minutes, but sometimes up to an hour). The monitor has two sensors that are placed on your belly with two belts that go around your waist.