Maternal-Fetal Medicine Hero

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has consistently been recognized for quality comprehensive care. Our perinatologists provide for women during their high risk pregnancies. Our physicians are all board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have subspecialty board certification in maternal fetal-medicine.

The Regional Perinatal Center at Saint Peter's University Hospital, established in 1973, is renowned throughout the state for the exceptional level of high-risk maternity and neonatal care we provide. There are more than 500 low-birth-weight babies delivered at Saint Peter's University Hospital per year and more than 2,200 high-risk OB clinic visits per year. In one recent year alone, the division provided maternal-fetal high-risk obstetrical services to over 2,300 patients with various medical and obstetric complications.

Patients are typically seen following the referral of an obstetrician who has determined that a medical or pregnancy related condition requires the expertise of specialists with educational training and experience in managing complicated pregnancies. Some of these common medical complications include:

  • Hypertension
  • High blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia (toxemia)
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid disease
  • Infectious diseases.

An obstetrician also may request that a patient who is otherwise healthy if their pregnancy is at increased risk due to other conditions, such as:

  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets or more)
  • Recurrent pre-term labor and delivery
  • Premature rupture of membranes
  • Suspected fetal growth restriction (baby not growing enough)
  • Suspected abnormalities in the fetus.

An obstetrician also may request that a patient see an specialist prior to a woman becoming pregnant when a condition exists that would categorize a woman’s pregnancy as high risk, such as:

  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • History of a premature delivery
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension.  

At Saint Peter’s University Hospital, the division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine is staffed by a compassionate and knowledgeable team of perinatologists, nurse practitioners, sonographers, social workers, nutritionists, nursing staff, who collectively work together to provide the highest quality of care to women and their unborn children.  

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