Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are obstetricians and gynecologists who complete additional training in caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. A high-risk pregnancy occurs when the health or life of the woman or fetus is threatened. Often referred to as “high-risk specialists,” maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Indiana University School of Medicine specialize in treating patients with medical and obstetrical issues like preexisting diabetes, chronic high blood pressure, preeclampsia, preterm labor and other complex medical conditions that affect pregnancy. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists also care for women who may experience unexpected problems during their pregnancy, such as early labor, bleeding or high blood pressure and provide care for babies who may have birth defects or growth problems.
Maternal-fetal medicine faculty experts at IU School of Medicine provide clinical care for women with high-risk pregnancies while also conducting research to learn new treatments for different issues that may arise during pregnancy. In addition, they train physicians in how to care for women and babies through the state of Indiana’s only maternal-fetal medicine fellowship.