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Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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.

OBGYN Research


Maternal-fetal medicine specialists at IU School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are researching new ways to care for and treat issues and conditions that can threaten the fetus or the woman’s life.
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Clinical Care

Maternal-fetal medicine faculty experts provide exceptional clinical care for women with high-risk pregnancies through the school’s partnership with Indiana University Health.
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Christina Scifres, MD, speaks with a patient in an exam room.

Division Director

Christy Scifres, MD became the division director in 2020. Scifres joined the department in 2018 as an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the MFM division. Her clinical and research interests include gestational diabetes and ovarian cysts. In 2020, she was accepted into the Physician Leadership Business Acumen Program, a partnership with the IU Kelley School of Business. About 15-20 physicians are chosen for the six-month-long program.

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10 Full-time teaching faculty

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellows

3 Maternal-fetal medicine fellows
50375-Izewski, Joanna

Joanna Izewski, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology-Maternal/Fetal, PGY 5

St. Louis University School of Medicine

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Stacey A. Stivers, MD

Obstetrics and Gynecology-Maternal/Fetal, PGY 7

Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota

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