Maternal-Fetal Medicine

MFM (Also known as perinatology) is a branch of medicine that focuses on managing health concerns of the mother and fetus prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Maternal fetal medicine specialists are physicians who subspecialize within the field of obstetrics. Their training typically includes a four-year obstetrics and gynecology residency and a three-year fellowship in MFM. They may perform prenatal tests, provide treatments and perform surgeries. They act both as a consult during lower-risk pregnancies and as the primary obstetrician in especially high-risk pregnancies. After birth, they may work closely with pediatricians or neonatologists. For the mother, perinatologists assist with pre-existing health concerns, as well as complications caused by pregnancy. Some of the services provided by the maternal-fetal specialist include diabetes care, management of multiple gestations, level II ultrasound of the fetus, chorionic villus sampling, genetic amniocentesis and in some centers fetal surgery or treatment.

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