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For more than 20 years, the board certified maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Texas Perinatal Group have been providing a full range of maternal-fetal care for patients in Austin and surrounding communities. Our patients are our number one priority and we strive to provide the best care possible. We work closely with obstetricians, primary care physicians and other specialists to identify and manage patient care needs.

What is a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist?

MFM specialists, sometimes called perinatologists or high-risk obstetricians, are considered subspecialists within the medical field. They earned this designation by undergoing training in specifi c areas of medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and taking their education a step further to gain an in-depth understanding of pregnancy complications and treatments. This additional training, which typically extends two to three years beyond that required of obstetricians and gynecologists, is focused on the care and treatment of pregnant women with complex medical conditions.

Why would a woman be referred to an MFM specialist?

A woman may be referred to an MFM specialist when she is considered “at- risk” before or during pregnancy. With the referral, the patient gains access to a specialized team which may include MFM specialists, ultrasound radiologists, obstetricians, advanced nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, sonographers and other diagnosticians. Indications that may cause a physician to refer their patient to a MFM specialist include:

  • Medical conditions that arise during pregnancy, such as:
    • Multiple fetuses
    • Gestational diabetes
    • Pre-term labor
    • Maternal age risk, less than 17 or greater than 35 years of age
  • Medical conditions that exist before pregnancy, such as:
    • Multiple miscarriages or history of preterm birth
    • Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
    • Heart disease or high blood pressure
    • Gastrointestinal disease
    • Infectious diseases
    • Premature rupture of membranes
    • Fetal growth disorders

What is the benefit of having an MFM specialist manage the care of a pregnant woman?

An MFM specialist provides a variety of services utilizing multiple diagnostic tools and treatments to optimize care and pregnancy outcomes. Improved maternal-fetal care has a positive impact on neonatal outcomes. Data on neonatal outcomes demonstrates that, in general, the likelihood of mortality or an adverse condition or outcome (referred to as “morbidity”) is reduced the longer a baby remains in the womb.

MFM specialists strive to provide the specialized care needed to diagnose, treat and potentially prevent conditions that may result in prematurity or adverse outcomes after birth.

Services may include:

  • Antenatal testing
  • Assessment for pre-term labor & cervical incompetence
  • Diabetes co-management
  • First trimester screening
  • Genetic counseling
  • Obstetric ultrasound
  • Management of medical complications of pregnancy
  • Preconception counseling
  • Prenatal diagnostic services
  • Procedures may include:
  • Amniotic fluid volume assessmen
  • Amniocentesis
  • Cervical length assessment
  • Detailed obstetrical ultrasound
  • Fetal biophysical profile
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Fetal Doppler studies
  • Fetal growth assessment
  • Invasive utero procedures, such as fetal transfusion and
  • percutaneous umbilical blood sampling
  • Non-stress testing


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