Maternal-Fetal Medicine


Maternal-Fetal Medicine specializes in assisting women requiring high-risk care and is committed to being a Center for Excellence in Women's Health. With state of the art services and a wide range of experience, our board-certified physicians are able to treat and manage the various medical complications of pregnancy, including diabetes, hypertension, pre-eclampsia, placenta previa, premature rupture of the amniotic membranes, preterm labor, and RH disease. Our physicians can see patients for a one-time consultation and/or ultrasound, co-management with the referring physician, or if desired, transfer by the referring physician.

Working in collaboration with the primary care obstetrician, our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists offer:

■ Management of pregnancy with diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions
■ Management of pregnancies with more than one baby and pregnancies in older women
■ Ancillary services to meet the needs of high-risk pregnancies: dieticians, diabetes educators, nurse educators, genetic counselors, social workers, and others
■ State of the art ultrasound equipment, including 3-D and 4-D ultrasound
■ Preconceptual counseling
■ A level III D (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit NICU
■ A full range of pediatric subspecialists, including pediatric surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, and others
■ A Regional Perinatal Center, which provides care to high-risk mothers and babies

There are multiple procedures to provide quality care throughout each stage of high-risk pregnancy, including:

First Trimester:

■Genetic Counseling
■ First-Trimester Screening
■Chorionic Villus Sampling
■Free Fetal DNA Screening
■Co-Management of Chronic Disease
■Pregnancy Termination (for documented anomalies)

 

Second Trimester:

■Genetic Counseling
■Maternal Serum Alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) Screening
■Serum Sequential Screening
■Integrated Serum Screening
■Free Fetal DNA Screening
■Amniocentesis
■Cordocentesis
■MicroArray Analysis
■Co-Management of Chronic Disease
■Pregnancy Termination (for documented anomalies)

 

Third Trimester:

■ Genetic Counseling
■ Amniocentesis (genetic and maturity)
■ Cordocentesis
■ MicroArray Analysis
■ Middle Cerebral Artery Doppler Velocity Screening
■ Fetal Hospice
■ Co-Management of Chronic Disease
■ Maternal Transfer

Other procedures to ensure the best maternal and fetal healthcare include:

■ Diagnostic or Targeted Ultrasound
■ Nuchal Translucency
■ Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring
■ Doppler Flow Studies
■ Fetal Echocardiography
■ Invasive Fetal Diagnostic Studies
■ Percutaneous Umbilical Blood Sampling
■ Intrauterine Fetal Transfusion

 

Our board-certified genetics counselor is available to assist patients in the management of conditions such as advanced maternal age, abnormal maternal serum screening for birth defects, and family history of a genetic disease. All services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis for the high-risk obstetrical patient.

Augusta University Health has the region's only comprehensive care center for neonates and the only Children's Hospital of Georgia. This allows for the delivery of optimal medical care to women with high-risk pregnancies and to sick or preterm newborns. Augusta University Health houses the only facility in the state where newborns can get the full range of pediatric subspecialty services all under one roof.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine section accepts patients on a referral basis and treats all aspects of the high-risk obstetrical patient.

Meet Our Physicians

Patient Appointments: 706.721.1567

We regret that we are unable to answer medical questions via e-mail. Please call 706.721.CARE (2273) or consult your physician for answers to your individual health questions.