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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

CareMemorial Hospital Central's Maternal Fetal Center helps mothers with high-risk pregnancies. Several types of services are available during the course of a woman's pregnancy, including diagnostic ultrasound, genetic counseling, genetic amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and prematurity prevention counseling. Memorial's Prematurity Prevention Program offers any expectant mother referred to the program the opportunity to become aware of the reasons for, and methods to possibly prevent, preterm delivery.

What is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist?

A Maternal-Fetal medicine specialist is an OB/Gyn who has advanced knowledge of the obstetrical, medical, genetic, and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effects on both the mother and fetus.

What is Genetic Counseling?

The purpose of genetic counseling is to help individuals identify and understand genetic conditions they may pass to their children and to determine specific risks that may influence the pregnancy and the health of the baby. Genetic counselors are professionals in the area of genetics and psychology that help individuals understand the options available for people at risk of genetic conditions.

Who may benefit from Genetic Counseling?

Individuals who:

  • Have known inherited disorder of a birth defect
  • Have a child or relative with mental retardation, an inherited disorder of a birth defect
  • Have an ethnic background know to have a higher incidence of specific disorder(s), such as Sickle Cell disease in African-Americans, or Tay-Sachs disease in Ashkenazi Jews.

Couples who:

  • Are closely related to each other by birth

Women who:

  • Are pregnant and will be 35 years older or older at the time of the baby's birth
  • Are at an increase risk for complications or birth defects due to an abnormal alpha-fetoprotein or triple marker screen
  • Are concerned about the use of medications, drugs or environmental exposures during the pregnancy
  • Have a history of multiple (three or more) miscarriages and/or stillbirths

What does a genetic counseling appointment include?

  • A detailed review of family and medical histories
  • An explanation of birth defects and genetic disorders and risk recurrence
  • Information regarding genetic testing and other treatment options
  • A referral for additional evaluations, which may include prenatal testing, carrier testing and diagnostic testing

For more information, call our Maternal/Fetal Medicine Department at (719) 365-5960.