Maternal-Fetal Medicine specializes in treating women with high-risk pregnancies. This could mean a woman who has had previous miscarriages or has a multiple gestation (twins, triplets, etc.). Maternal-Fetal Medicine also treats women with chronic health problems that may affect pregnancy, or those with problems that arise during pregnancy, including preterm labor, gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or complications from bleeding. Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists work closely with multiple caregivers to consult, co-manage or care directly for these women, both before, during and after pregnancy.
The SIU Center for Maternal-Fetal Medicine provides services that span preconceptional risk assessment and counseling, care during pregnancy and postpartum follow up. Using an integrated care approach, the Division provides patients with modern, prenatal screening, diagnostic tools, and surgical procedures including:
- Advanced genetic testing
- Detailed anatomic survey
- Fetal echocardiogram
- Doppler evaluation
- Biophysical profiles
- Non-stress tests
- Cervical cerclage
- Complete obstetrical care of high risk patients
Our providers work in association with the South Central Illinois Perinatal Center, located at HSHS St. John's Hospital, to ensure continuity of care before and after delivery. Our team includes three full-time physicians, who have undergone advanced, subspecialty training in maternal-fetal medicine, a nurse practitioner, dietician, certified diabetic educator, and a genetic counselor.
We are dedicated to educating OB-GYN residents and Southern Illinois University medical students. Members of our faculty are also engaged in clinical and basic research, aimed at improving diagnoses and therapy through the advancement of knowledge and discovery.