Logan Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Montana Perinatal Center

What is Maternal-Fetal Medicine?

Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) is an OB/GYN subspecialty. MFM doctors, also called perinatologists, are specialists in caring for and managing high-riskpregnancies. 
 
Many of the patients referred to Logan Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine have an uncomplicated pregnancy and are referred to the clinic for an advanced ultrasound examination, given our expertise in diagnosing fetal abnormalities and our ability to verify that the pregnancy is proceeding normally. Our OB/GYN providers, midwives and maternal-fetal specialists also care for high-risk pregnancies, where a pre-existing condition or a problem diagnosed in the pregnancy has put the mother or baby (sometimes both) at higher risk for complications.

We provide a multidisciplinary approach to high-risk pregnancies. Our patients are a part of our team, which includes your OB provider and other specialists as indicated. Logan Health has developed a core group of maternal and pediatric subspecialists, which allow us to care for any pregnancy or neonatal complication that can arise. Our goal is to identify at-risk pregnancies and reduce those risks through collaboration and planning.

What we do

There are several different reasons someone may be referred to our clinic. These include:

Preconception Services
Our team offers preconception counseling for women with special pregnancy concerns. The team will help to create a personalized health plan for women who have:
  • A history of pregnancy loss
  • A history of preterm labor and/or delivery
  • Chronic medical conditions (diabetes, thyroid disease, connective tissue disorders, hypertension and cardiac disease)
  • Family or personal history of genetic disorders
  • Advanced maternal age
Obstetrical Services
Our medical staff provide consultation and ongoing management through the various stages of high-risk pregnancies. They work with referring practitioners to optimize the prenatal care of women whose pregnancies are complicated by conditions such as:
  • Diabetes
  • Preterm labor
  • Intrauterine growth restriction
  • Disorders of amniotic fluid volume
  • Hypertensive disorders
  • Thyroid disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Multiple gestation
  • Incompetent cervix
High-Risk Deliveries
The providers at Logan Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine work with referring practitioners to coordinate care and make determinations regarding the labor management and delivery of women with high-risk needs. Although most patients who receive consultation and diagnostic services from Logan Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine deliver their baby with the aid of their general OB/GYN, our medical providers offer delivery care for a variety of high-risk scenarios such as:
  • Transport to Logan Health Medical Center due to a need for a higher level of care
  • Severity of risk high enough to warrant care by the perinatologist
  • Preterm labor
  • Emergency or scheduled C-section due to severe complications
Genetic Counseling
Prenatal diagnosis and genetic counseling are provided in a supportive manner for families at risk for fetal abnormalities or hereditary disorders due to such conditions as:
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Abnormal first or second trimester screen results
  • Fetal anomalies detected by ultrasound
  • Family or personal history of genetic disorders
  • Medication, environmental or teratogen exposures
Ultrasound and Fetal Diagnosis
Logan Health Maternal-Fetal Medicine upholds the highest standards for practicing ultrasound, using modern imaging technology. Complete fetal anatomy and
 growth assessment scans are offered to detect many abnormalities. Our medical staff review every study and are available to report immediate results and develop a plan for patients and referring providers so there are no delays.