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Women with complicated pregnancies and those at risk for complications benefit from the following strengths of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM)

A Multidisciplinary Team: Your healthcare team includes MFM specialists, who are obstetrician/gynecologists with subspecialty training and board certification; obstetrical anesthesiologists, who will meet with you beforehand when needed to plan your anesthesia care; genetic counselors; nurses and nurse practitioners; psychiatrists who help women with anxiety and depression during and after pregnancy; and social workers. Women with co-existing conditions are also cared for by renowned specialists — such as cardiologists, endocrinologists, oncologists, urologists, immunologists, and others — with whom the MFM team collaborates regularly.

Leadership in Maternal-Fetal Medicine: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is the only institution in New York State participating in the National Institutes of Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, which conducts studies aimed at improving outcomes for mothers and newborns — particularly those studying the causes of preterm delivery and high blood pressure. As leaders in the FASTER (First- and Second-Trimester Evaluation of Risk) and BUN (Biochemistry, Ultrasound, Nuchal translucency) research studies, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia physicians pioneered the development of first trimester genetic screening tests for chromosomal abnormalities that are now routinely used in obstetrics.

Superior High-Risk Prenatal Care: Women carrying fetuses with diagnosed abnormalities are cared for at the Carmen and John Thain Center for Prenatal Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and the Perinatal Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Patients have access to pediatric specialists with expertise in the management of fetal abnormalities, ranging from congenital heart issues and genetic and chromosomal disorders to brain and bladder conditions.

Specialization in Placental Implantation Complications: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is well known as a referral center for placenta accreta, a complication in which the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus. Women with this condition are at risk for premature birth and severe hemorrhage. Our team monitors patients closely and tailors a delivery plan that maximizes the safety of both mother and child.

Intensive Care Units: Should a serious complication arise affecting the health of the mother, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has medical and surgical intensive care units staffed with specialists in the care of women experiencing pregnancy complications. As major academic medical centers, both feature world-renowned specialists in cardiology, endocrine disorders, critical care, neurology, and other experts. For newborns requiring special care, our hospitals also have neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) on-site, offering specialized services and staffed by highly trained nurses, nurse practitioners, neonatologists, and surgeons. Both NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital facilities are also designated by the New York State Department of Health’s Bureau of Women’s Health as Regional Perinatal Centers.

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