High-Risk Pregnancy Program: Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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. Call 781-624-8430 for more information.
Providing High-Risk Pregnancy Care
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.
The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Program at South Shore Hospital is designed specifically for women with high risk pregnancies. Our comprehensive services include the latest in maternal and fetal screening, diagnostic testing, level II ultrasound, and consultative services.
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 the following:
- Maternal age
- Personal medical and/or family history
- Complicated obstetric 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 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.
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.
Our obstetric sonographers are specifically trained to perform targeted Level II ultrasound examinations, specialized measurements, and to provide ultrasound guidance for our physicians when invasive testing is indicated. Our sonographers are certified as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Our genetic counselors assist patients and families with genetic and non-genetic concerns, serving as a resource to patients, families, and health care providers regarding counseling and informed decision-making. They work closely with patients during highly stressful times and deal with sensitive information in an empathetic and supportive manner.
The Most Comprehensive Care in the Region
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 who are on staff at both South Shore Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. Please visit our NICU page for additional information.
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 fetal surgery for complex fetal abnormalities.
What to Expect
Pre-registration must be completed prior to each appointment in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine unit. Please call 781-624-4090, option #1, prior to the visit.
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.