High-Risk Pregnancy/Maternal Fetal Medicine
For expectant mothers, the prospect of having a baby is both a joyous and exciting one, and most pregnancies proceed smoothly. But for a number of reasons, some women need to be watched more closely during pregnancy. In this case, a woman's obstetrician may suggest she consult with a maternal fetal medicine specialist.
A maternal fetal medicine specialist is a physician devoted to the care of a pregnant women with high-risk complications such as medical problems (diabetes, high blood pressure, autoimmune diseases such as lupus), pregnancy-related problems (preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, preeclampsia), and also devoted to expertise in prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and genetic testing. Women are generally referred to a maternal fetal medicine specialist by their obstetrician or by an infertility specialist because he or she sees a potential for a pregnancy-related health concern or because a problem develops during the course of the pregnancy.
A pregnancy may be considered high-risk for a variety of reasons:
- The mother has medical conditions that began before pregnancy, such as diabetes
- The mother develops a medical condition during pregnancy, such as preeclampsia
- The mother experienced problems in a previous pregnancy, such as miscarriage
- Problems are detected in the developing baby
- Complications occur during pregnancy, such as premature labor
- The mother is pregnant with multiples (twins or more)
Should you need the services of a maternal fetal medicine specialist, St. Francis Medical Center and the Birth Center are pleased to partner with Southern Colorado Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Stephanie Martin and Dr. Scott Gray specialize in maternal fetal medicine and have advanced training in medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies.
Stephanie Martin, DO
Scott Gray, MD
Southern Colorado Maternal-Fetal Medicine
6071 E. Woodmen Rd., Ste. 440
Colorado Springs, CO 80923