From the moment you learn that you have a high-risk pregnancy or your unborn child may have a serious health risk, you want the right healthcare experts at your side. Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists at Riley at IU Health can guide your family through a complicated pregnancy, protect the health of your unborn child and offer peace of mind.
What is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialist?
Whether you choose us because of a past pregnancy complication, a chronic medical condition or an unexpected health issue for you or your baby, our team of experts is committed to delivering the best possible results for your family.
Expectant mothers often come to us through a referral from their OB/GYN or family doctor. In these cases, we can play a consulting role in co-managed care with your physician, or we can be your main source of care during pregnancy.
Our MFM specialists differ from other obstetricians and gynecologists because of their extra training in two areas:
- High-risk pregnancies: We treat and monitor expectant mothers with medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, or pregnancy complications such as genetic traits, prior preterm birth, early labor, bleeding, accidents, gestational diabetes or infections.
- High-risk babies: We provide highly-skilled care for babies who have birth defects or problems with development, using advanced diagnosis and treatments that support optimal health—before, during and after delivery.
We assemble all the specialists needed to manage your and your baby’s health.
Why See a Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) Specialist
Our integrated approach to caring for expectant moms and newborns gives families access to important resources for high-risk pregnancies, including:
Expert Prenatal Evaluation
Our Prenatal Diagnosis Program evaluates mothers and babies through various tests, such as prenatal blood tests and prenatal ultrasound. We also have targeted diagnostic tools that are more advanced than the early tests used to screen mothers and unborn children for possible health problems. This allows our specialists to give early care to moms or baby for many conditions. Families affected by a genetic condition also benefit from our expert team of genetic counselors who can address their concerns.
Customized Care for You and Your Baby
No two pregnancies are the same. Your doctors meet often and work together to coordinate customized care for you and your baby. When we diagnose a serious health problem, we gather important family members and all the specialists necessary to treat you and your child.
In a prenatal, our doctors answer your questions and consult with you to develop a plan of care that covers you and your child. Rather than sending you from one specialist to the next, we are all in the same room—at the same time—to offer a clear picture of your situation. We explain how your baby’s birth will go and a likely path after you deliver.
The Right Care at the Right Time
Babies with one or more health problems may start life in one of our statewide neonatal intensive care units (NICU) or the Level IV NICU at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health—the highest level of care for newborns requiring advanced care and treatment. Our NICU is also one of the largest in the Midwest.
As babies progress, we have the primary care and specialty expertise to support your family through your child’s development. Any baby who receives care at our Level IV NICU at Riley at IU Health may have a higher risk for developmental problems. These children are eligible to participate in our Newborn Follow-up Program, a free program that follows babies closely through their first two years to make sure they have early treatment if needed. As Indiana’s only nationally-ranked healthcare resource for children, we are prepared to manage your child’s care for as long as you need us.
Support for Your Family
For many families, navigating a hospital or a health condition is a foreign experience. We want every family to feel as comfortable as possible at Riley at IU Health. Our partnership with your family may start with NICU Nest—a program developed by parents who have been where you are. They provide tours of labor and delivery and the Level IV NICU at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. NICU Nest helps you tap parental resources, including the NICU Companion App and educational materials to help you learn to care for your baby at home.
We also offer financial counseling to help your family manage the expense of healthcare and bereavement counseling to support families through the emotional trial of a health challenge. Our neonatal and maternal-fetal medicine nurse practitioners serve as ambassadors to families. Their job is to aid communication that flows between Riley at IU Health specialists, you and any referring physicians.
For families whose pregnancies are anything but routine, Riley at IU Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine is Indiana’s leader in expert care that covers the health of both mom and baby. We offer a wide spectrum of multidisciplinary healthcare, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our nurses, social workers and specialists coordinate your evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to make a seamless process for you and your family.
Conditions & Services
Our board certified, nationally known physicians use advanced research, diagnosis and treatments to care for you and your baby. Here are just a few of the conditions we treat.
|Antiphospholipid Syndrome||Asthma in Pregnancy||Cervical Insufficiency|
|Gestational Diabetes||Maternal Acquired|
|Maternal Congenital Heart Disease|
|Pre-existing Diabetes||Prior stillbirth||Prior Venous Thromboembolism|
or Deep Venous Thrombosis
|Recurrent Pregnancy Loss||Rheumatologic Diseases||Substance Abuse in Pregnancy|
|Systemic Lupus Erythematous||Thyroid Disease in Pregnancy|
|Amniotic Band Syndrome||Anencephaly||Bladder Outlet Obstruction|
|Brain Malformations||Bronchopulmonary Sequestration||Congenital Heart Block|
|Hydrops||Platelet Alloimmunization||Pleural Effusions|
|Red Blood Cell Alloimmunization||Skeletal Dysplasia||Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)|
|Abnormal Placentation Evaluation||Extensive Ultrasounds||Follow-up Ultrasounds|
|Multifetal Pregnancy Management||Preconception Consultation|
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
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Related Programs & Departments
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For Health Professionals
Riley at IU Health reaches out to Indiana’s healthcare professionals to improve care for mothers and babies through training. Follow our links to learn more about continuing medical education opportunities happening around the state.
Maternal-fetal specialists welcome referrals from gynecologists, obstetricians, primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals. To arrange care for patients who are at risk for a complicated pregnancy, contact us at 317.944.7010 or by fax at 317.968.1028.
Refer A Patient
Riley at IU Health maternal-fetal specialists use evidence-based techniques informed by research, including collaborative studies with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Our physicians study a wide range of health problems, including research to identify new methods for detecting and treating women at risk for premature birth, which can increase the rate of infant mortality and give surviving children a higher risk of cardiovascular, lung and metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes later in life.
We provide specialized training in prenatal diagnosis, labor and delivery, ultrasound imaging and high-risk or complicated pregnancies. All medical students, residents and fellows involved in training or care are fully supervised by experienced physicians at Riley at IU Health.