Maternal-Fetal Medicine: If You and Baby Need Extra Care
If you are having a complicated pregnancy or have had one in the past, you may be cared for by one of our maternal-fetal medicine physicians. These VCU Health specialists are known for helping high-risk women achieve healthy pregnancies and births, even if you’ve been told otherwise.
We recommend you see a maternal-fetal medicine specialist if you have these pre-existing conditions:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Clotting disorder
You should also consider seeing a maternal-fetal medicine specialist if you have now or have had an abnormal pregnancy condition*, such as:
- Preterm labor
- Placenta previa
- Stillbirths or premature babies
- Multiple gestations
- Cervical insufficiency (incompetent cervix)
- Poor fetal growth
- Birth defects
A maternal-fetal medicine specialist may become your primary doctor, consult with your primary doctor or provide a second opinion.
If you have a nurse-midwife and develop a high-risk condition, you may remain under the nurse-midwife’s care with the maternal-fetal medicine specialist’s involvement.
*Women with these conditions can also be cared for by our obstetrician-gynecologists if the condition is not severe.