A: Many women expecting a child experience what we call routine pregnancies, ones in which there are no major health concerns or pre-existing medical conditions for mom and baby.
But sometimes a woman’s health can put her or her baby at risk. For instance, if a mother has diabetes, high blood pressure, is 35 or older and pregnant for the first time, is having twins or triplets or if there are other medical concerns that could complicate a pregnancy, she probably will be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist.
As a board-certified maternal fetal physician, I completed four years of obstetrics and gynecology training plus another couple of years of additional education and experience for those non-routine pregnancies. My practice is limited to helping women and babies at every stage of high-risk pregnancies. And my goal is to help each patient manage her health concerns, related or unrelated to her pregnancy, and to address the health needs of her child.
Maternal and Fetal Testing Overview (Questions for your doctor and conditions that may warrant testing)