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:

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.


photo of James Maher, MD FACOG

James Maher, MD FACOG

  • Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Section Chief, Maternal Fetal Medicine

Office: 706-721-0126 Patient Appnts.:706-721-4959

photo of Debra Ware, MD FACOG

Debra Ware, MD FACOG

  • Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology - Part Time

Office:706-0126 Patient Appnts.:706-721-4959

photo of Padmashree Woodham, MD, FACOG

Padmashree Woodham, MD, FACOG

  • Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Director, Regional Perinatal Center
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Women's Services