A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who has completed two to three years of additional education and clinical experience within an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG)-approved maternal-fetal medicine fellowship program. The specialist is eligible for or certified by ABOG as having special competence in:
1. The diagnosis and treatment of women with complications of pregnancy 2. Pre-existing medical conditions that may be impacted by pregnancy 3. Medical conditions that impact the pregnancy itself
Maternal-fetal medicine specialists have the training and experience needed to perform complex diagnostic and therapeutic procedures during pregnancy that can involve the fetus and/or mother (i.e., targeted ultrasound, fetal intravascular transfusions). A maternal-fetal medicine specialist knows the obstetrical, medical, genetic, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effects on the mother and baby. The specialist also knows how to provide continuous care for your baby from pregnancy to birth and beyond. In addition, the maternal-fetal medicine specialist provides education and information on the most up-to-date treatments for obstetrical problems.
Many obstetricians are trained to manage complicated pregnancies and our maternal-fetal medicine specialists work closely with them to provide consultations, co-management, or direct care for their high-risk patients, from preconception counseling to pregnancy and delivery. The level of involvement between the obstetrician and the maternal-fetal medicine specialist depends on the patient’s condition and circumstances.