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High-Risk Pregnancy Program: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Although most pregnancies call for routine prenatal care from conception through delivery, some expectant mothers face pregnancy-related risks or complications that require a special level of attention.

South Shore Hospital's Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program assists women whose pregnancy may be affected by their age, chronic health condition, likelihood of multiple births or other medical issues. Our comprehensive high-risk pregnancy services include the latest in maternal and fetal screening, diagnostic testing, level II ultrasound and consultative services.

For more information about our high-risk pregnancy program, please call 781-624-8430.

Expert Attention for Exceptional Needs

There are many reasons why a pregnant woman may be referred to our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program for prenatal and obstetric care. Common risk factors include:

  • Maternal age
  • Personal medical and/or family history
  • Multiple gestation: twins, triplets or more
  • Conditions that arise in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes or hypertension
  • Issues with fetal growth or development
  • Desire for screening or diagnostic testing

Teaming with High-Risk Pregnancy Specialists

At South Shore Hospital, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program offers expert and compassionate care to mothers and their babies. Our team is comprised of highly skilled providers who collaborate to assure quality care in a supportive atmosphere. Specialists include:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physicians

Maternal-fetal medicine physicians are obstetrician/gynecologists who complete an additional three-year Fellowship in high-risk obstetrics and are board-certified in both disciplines.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Nurse Coordinator

Our maternal-fetal medicine nurse provides education about pregnancy, screening and the birth process. She also coordinates the care plans designed or recommended by our physicians, organizing care with patients and other providers both within and outside of South Shore Hospital.

Obstetric Sonographers

Our obstetric sonographers are specifically trained to perform targeted level II ultrasound examinations with specialized measurements, and to provide ultrasound guidance for our physicians when invasive testing is indicated. Our sonographers are certified as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

Genetic Counselors

Our genetic counselors assist patients and families with genetic and non-genetic concerns, helping them and their health-care providers to make informed decisions. They work closely with patients during highly stressful times and deal with sensitive information in an empathetic and supportive manner.

Southeastern Massachusetts’ Most Comprehensive Pregnancy Care

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

Our Perinatal Care Team (PCT) represents experts from various disciplines who work with patients and families to create a care plan that addresses their unique medical, psychosocial and spiritual needs when faced with serious health care challenges and decisions during pregnancy. The PCT assures that all communication between patient, family and staff remains clear and seamless, and that patients are supported throughout an unexpected journey.

Regional Neonatology Program

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides advanced neonatal intensive care for ill or premature infants. Our NICU is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by board-certified neonatologists on staff at both South Shore Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Specialized Fetal Care

Through our association with the Advanced Fetal Care Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, we have direct access to a multidisciplinary team of pediatric specialists who provide consultation and coordinated care, including fetal MRI, cardiac evaluation and surgery for complex fetal abnormalities.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program: What to Expect

Pre-Registration

Pre-registration must be completed prior to each appointment in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine unit. Please call 781-624-4090, option #1, before the visit.

Waiting Time

The duration of the ultrasound examination may range from 15 minutes to one hour or more. Twins and triplets will require longer visits. At times, unexpected complications may arise with a patient, which in turn may result in the delay of a scheduled appointment.

Visitors and Children

We understand that a prenatal ultrasound can be a very exciting experience for a woman and her family. Because this is a medical examination, it may not always be appropriate to have children present. If a child is present (under the age of 10), he/she must be supervised by an accompanying adult other than the patient. Two adults in addition to the patient are allowed in the examination room at one time.

Photos and Videos

Patients are given pictures from their ultrasound examination. Videotaping of the ultrasound examination is not permitted.

    

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