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The Obstetrics program cares for women before, during, and after the childbirth process. Prenatal care is provided by a variety of fully trained practitioners including ob/gyn physicians, family medicine specialists, and certified nurse midwives. Dedicated anesthesiologists are present full time for labor and delivery services.

Maternal Fetal Medicine

The medical staff provides a full range of obstetric services for women with maternal and/or fetal complications of pregnancy, including primary obstetrical care and consultative services. Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists are available for consultation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Neonatal Intensive Care unit is staffed full time by pediatric newborn specialists known as neonatologists.

The Center Offers Specialized Expertise in the Following Areas:

  • Pregnancy complicated by cervical insufficiency, preterm labor, fetal abnormalities, or multiple gestation;
  • Complications to mother's health including mothers over 35 years of age, diabetes, hypertension, cardiac disease, HIV, lupus, or Sickle Cell Disease; and
  • History of pregnancy or childbirth complicated by recurrent miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, or fetal growth abnormality.

The Center Offers Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Programs for:

  • Diabetes in pregnancy
  • HIV in pregnancy (Positive Hope program)
  • Addiction in pregnancy

Antenatal Testing Services include: First and second trimester screening for fetal abnormalities

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)

Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a prenatal test performed when a woman is 12 weeks pregnant. A doctor places a needle into the placenta and removes a small amount, which is then examined for birth defects and genetic abnormalities in the fetus, and can also determine the baby’s gender.

Amniotic Fluid Test (AFT)

An AFT or Amniocentesis is a medical test performed when a woman is 20 weeks pregnant.  It is used to look for birth defects and genetic abnormalities in the fetus, and can also determine the baby’s gender.  For this test, a doctor uses a needle to remove a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains fetal tissue. The tissue is then examined. 

Antepartum testing

This consists of a variety of tests performed late in pregnancy to verify fetal well-being, as judged by the baby's heart rate and other characteristics.

Fetal Echocardiography

Fetal echocardiography is an ultrasound test done during pregnancy to evaluate the heart of an unborn baby.

  • Genetic counseling, due to factors including:
    • advanced maternal age (more than 35 years old)
    • personal or family history of a birth defect, genetic disorder, or mental retardation
    • abnormal maternal serum screening
    • ultrasound anomalies
    • ancestry-based carrier screening (i.e. sickle cell and cystic fibrosis carriers)
    • consanguinity (couple is related by blood)
    • exposure to medications, drugs, alcohol, radiation, or infections (teratogens)
    • recurrent pregnancy loss or infertility