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Maternal Fetal Medicine

Maternal-Fetal Medicine is an obstetric specialty that focuses on the diagnostic, medical and surgical care for high-risk pregnant women.  

High- risk pregnancies include:

  • Obstetric Issues such as:
  • Medical Conditions such as:
  • Cardiac disease
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension - 5 to 8 percent of women develop hypertension during pregnancy, which can affect the health of the fetus 
  • Lupus
  • Asthma

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine - High-Risk Pregnancy (MFM) is part of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baystate Medical Center. The four board-certified perinatologists in the division provide specialized diagnostic, medical and surgical health care to high-risk pregnant women. In addition, the division is a resource for physicians practicing within our geographic area including the Pioneer Valley, western Massachusetts, southern Vermont and portions of eastern New York state.

We see patients by referral only through our medical practice, Baystate Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

In addition to our four perinatalogists who are all Tufts University School of Medicine faculty members, our staff includes:

    • A women’s health nurse practitioner
    • Perinatal nurses
    • Sonographers who specialize in high-risk pregnancy services

Our Perinatal Diagnostic Center is certified by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

We coordinate genetic counseling using a collaborative team approach with the Genetics Department.  Genetic counseling may be recommended when a person or family may be at risk for an inherited disease or abnormal pregnancy outcome.

Clinical Services

Our services include:

  • Pre-pregnancy counseling - One of the most important steps you can take to have a healthy pregnancy is to see a health care provider before you conceive.  Your physician may recommend preconception visit with our practice to discuss:
  • Existing medical conditions
  • Medications you are taking
  • Complications in a prior pregnancy
  • Significant family history.

  • Consultative services to obstetric care providers related to evaluation and management of high-risk pregnancies.  Our consultations include distributing useful guides and information to our patients, including:
  • Bedrest Survival Kit - Complications of pregnancy may require an expectant mom to on bedrest for a portion of her pregnancy.  We distribute a packet of information, useful tips and resource to help patients get through this.
  • Multiple Gestation Guide - When a woman is carrying two or more babies they require special care and have unique issues and questions.  They are also at increased risk for certain pregnancy complications.  Our Multiple Gestation Guide provides valuable information and helps answer many questions.
  • Gestational Diabetes Program - If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you may be referred to our practice for comprehensive diabetic care while still seeing your obstetric care provider for routine prenatal care. You will learn about how this may affect your pregnancy and what you can do to promote a healthy pregnancy, delivery and baby.  Along with your medical care, registered dieticians provide education and follow up related to your special diet.  The program includes weekly contact to review your progress and provide additional information and support.
  • Providing comprehensive prenatal care including the delivery of patients that have been transferred to the practice due to the high-risk nature of the pregnancy
  • Diagnostic or therapeutic procedures during pregnancy including:
  • Perinatal Diagnostic Center, accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)
  • Close collaboration with various other health care specialties including: Genetic, Cardiology, Neonatology, Pediatric Surgery, Endocrinology, Neurosurgery
  • Outpatient Consultation Service
  • Inpatient Consultation Service.
  • Performing Ongoing research in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.