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Putting technology and expertise to work for mother and baby

While most pregnancies are smooth and joyous, some require special attention. Maternal fetal medicine physicians, also known as perinatologists, are obstetricians who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and care of expectant mothers and their unborn children. It's important to note that referral to a perinatologist does not necessarily mean the pregnancy will be difficult. In many cases, the referral is a precautionary measure, one that can go a long way toward putting parents' minds at ease.

Referral to a perinatologist may be needed in the case of:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Toxemia; diabetes
  • Infectious diseases
  • If the mother is expecting twins, triplets or more
  • In the event of recurrent pre-term labor and delivery
  • Recurrent pregnancy losses or it appears the baby is not growing normally

Some of the goals of perinatology at HackensackUMC Mountainside:

  • Screening for Down's and Trisomey 18
  • Amniocentesis
  • Targeted Level II ultrasounds
  • Managing pregestational and gestational diabetes
  • HTM
  • Immune complex disease
  • Fetal abnormalities including malformations and placental issues and fetal growth disturbances
  • Chorionic villus sampling

Genetic Counseling

Genetic counseling helps you to determine the risk you have of passing on an inheritable disease to your baby. At HackensackUMC Mountainside, our specially trained genetic counselor, Kelly Sampson, will help you understand your personal risks, available testing options, and can help you decide what to do next. 
According to the CDC, genetic counseling should be considered by couples who have one or more of the following risk factors: 
  • Abnormal results from routine prenatal testing
  • Amniocentesis results which identify a chromosomal defect
  • An inherited disease present in a close family member
  • A child with a birth defect or genetic disorder
  • Women who are pregnant or planning to be after age 35
 For more information about genetic counseling at HackensackUMC Mountainside, please call 973-429-6009.

Why a HackensackUMC Mountainside fetal medicine specialist may be the right choice

In addition to four years of residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, maternal-fetal medicine subspecialists receive two to three years of education in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of mother and child. As with other team-oriented treatment plans here, our maternal-fetal medicine specialists typically work in consultation with our obstetricians.

Some of the services provided by the maternal-fetal specialist include:

  • Diabetes care
  • Management of multiple gestations
  • Level II ultrasound of the fetus
  • Genetic amniocentesis
  • Fetal surgery or treatment
  • Maternal fetal medicine subspecialist: if considered at risk and considering becoming pregnant, or if the patient is pregnant and considered at risk or is worried about her pregnancy
  • Care for both the mother and the unborn baby in a complicated pregnancy
  • Treatment and explanations about latest treatments