Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Mother looking at her baby.

Physicians of the Section of Maternal-Fetal Medicine provide specialty care to women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. They specialize in the management of the medical complications and disorders of pregnancy such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Fetal growth retardation
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Hypertension
  • Multiple gestations
  • Premature birth problems
  • Renal disease

They diagnose and treat chlamydial bacterial, and viral infections of pregnancy and manage pregnancies complicated by communicable diseases. To confirm normal development of the fetus, these specialists may perform targeted ultrasound and antenatal testing.

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The genetics section offers comprehensive genetic counseling and prenatal diagnostic services provided by a multidisciplinary team of skilled physicians and medical professionals that includes geneticists, genetic counselors, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, and ultrasonographers.

The University of Chicago Medicine is one of 10 regional perinatal centers in Illinois and serves as a referral center for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies and for critically ill infants.

Prenatal diagnostic tests used to detect chromosomal abnormalities, genetic disorders, and structural abnormalities in the developing fetus include chorionic villus sampling, amniocentesis, percutaneous umbilical cord sampling, alpha-fetoprotein testing, advanced ultrasound, and DNA and enzyme analysis.