Maternal-fetal medicine faculty provide clinical care for women through Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology’s partnership with Indiana University Health. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists work with all obstetric providers to care for high-risk pregnancies, which includes obstetricians, nurses, pediatricians, residents, fellows and some medical students. The team works together to determine the best care for patients.
Women could be considered to have a high-risk pregnancy because of a number of conditions or complications. These include preexisting conditions like diabetes, chronic high blood pressure or obesity. It could also include complications from previous pregnancies, having multiple babies in one pregnancy, problems with growth of the fetus or birth defects that require more specialized care or treatments.
Maternal-fetal medicine specialists complete a residency in OB-GYN as well as three extra years of training in maternal-fetal medicine through a fellowship. They have advanced knowledge and training in medical, surgical, fetal, obstetrical and genetic aspects of pregnancy and are able to provide peer and patient education to ensure mothers and babies get the treatments they need.