What are perinatology services?
A subspecialty of obstetrics concerned with the care of the fetus and complicated, high-risk pregnancies. Perinatology is also known as maternal-fetal medicine.
What is a perinatology ultrasound?
This is a type of ultrasound that uses high-frequency sound waves to make pictures of your baby in the uterus. Your perinatologist will do this if they think there may be problems with the baby. Prenatal Cell-Free DNA Screening. This test takes blood from the mother and the fetus.
Why would I be referred to a perinatologist?
Most perinatal ultrasound is interpreted by maternal-fetal medicine specialists. You may be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist if you have a pre-existing medical condition prior to pregnancy, develop a medical condition during pregnancy or have problems during delivery.
Is Perinatology the same as MFM?
Maternal–fetal medicine (MFM), also known as perinatology, is a branch of medicine that focuses on managing health concerns of the mother and fetus prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy. Maternal–fetal medicine specialists are physicians who subspecialize within the field of obstetrics.
Why would my Obgyn refer me to a perinatologist?
A perinatologist can be a valuable addition to your obstetrical care team—even before you become pregnant. Your obstetrician might refer you because they want an expert opinion about a concern or question they have regarding your care.
What is the difference between an obstetrician and a perinatologist?
Obstetrician & Gynecologists are training in surgical procedures to deliver babies and to treat conditions involving the female reproductive system. Perinatologist – a subspecialty of Obstetrics, a physician who is specialized in high-risk pregnancies and the care of the fetus that is experiencing complications.
Can a perinatologist deliver a baby?
What questions should I ask my Perinatologist?
Frequently Asked Questions
- Who is considered high risk?
- What tests do maternal-fetal specialists offer?
- I’m having a normal pregnancy. Do I need these tests?
- What if results of the ultrasound are abnormal?
- How can you detect problems other than chromosome abnormalities?
- How do I know if I’m at risk for pre-term birth?
Does everyone see a perinatologist?
When to See a Perinatologist Many women see a perinatologist during pregnancy, but some women might see a perinatologist before they get pregnant. 2 You might benefit from seeing a perinatologist before becoming pregnant if: You have a pre-existing medical condition (such as diabetes or lupus)
How often do you see an MFM doctor?
Up to 26 weeks pregnant: appointment every four weeks. 26 to 32 weeks: appointment every three weeks. 32 to 36 weeks: appointment every two weeks. 36 weeks to delivery: appointment every week.
What is the difference between an obstetrician and perinatologist?
What is the first prenatal visit?
Your doctor will give you a full physical exam, including checking your weight and blood pressure. You will also have a breast and pelvic exam. Your doctor will do a Pap test (unless you’ve had one recently) to check for cervical cancer and any sexually transmitted infections.