FAQs About Maternal-Fetal Medicine
What is maternal-fetal medicine?
Sanford Maternal-Fetal Medicine, also known as perinatology, provides advanced care and support for patients experiencing high-risk pregnancies.
Our specialists provide a wide range of advanced diagnostic testing, genetic counseling, treatment services, consultation and high-risk obstetric care, labor and delivery, and neonatal intensive care services.
What’s the difference between MFM and OB/GYN?
A maternal-fetal medicine doctor, or MFM, is an OB/GYN with additional training. This means they have spent two to three more years learning to manage high-risk pregnancies, including problems in both the mother and the baby. Depending on your needs, you may have an MFM as your primary pregnancy care provider, or you may see both an MFM and your OB/GYN.
What happens at my first MFM appointment?
For your initial visit, please plan a half day for testing and evaluation.
- In the maternal-fetal medicine clinic, you will have an OB ultrasound and meet with a maternal-fetal medicine doctor and a genetic counselor.
- You'll receive advanced ultrasound, multiple screenings and genetic counseling.
- If we identify a concern with your baby, we will discuss the diagnosis and what other tests and consultations you'll need.
- You also will meet with any additional specialists involved in your care. We will explain our findings and review treatment recommendations.
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