Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services
At Johns Hopkins All Children’s, our maternal-fetal medicine specialists and sonographers use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your health and your fetus' growth and development. We offer:
- Family-centered, patient-focused care provided by a knowledgeable team of maternal-fetal medicine specialists, whose sole focus is everyone's health. Women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy need specialized care and monitoring that only a maternal-fetal medicine program can provide.
- Experienced physicians and staff provide high-quality care you can trust for the management of complex pregnancies and health problems that may develop.
- Close monitoring of high-risk pregnancies especially for women carrying multiple fetuses and those with maternal complications or difficulties with previous pregnancies that might increase the possibility of preterm delivery or fetal complications such as fetal growth problems or risk of birth defects.
- Comprehensive fetal diagnostic procedures to monitor the health of an expectant mother and her growing fetus, including ultrasonography, chorionic villus sampling (a test to detect birth defects), amniocentesis (a procedure that removes amniotic fluid from the amniotic sac for testing or treatment) and cord blood sampling.
- Caring and compassionate genetic counseling for women who’ve had abnormal prenatal screening tests and couples who’ve experienced infertility, multiple miscarriages or have a family history of a genetic condition.
- A 97-bed Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) made up almost entirely of private rooms with the most advanced monitoring and medical equipment, including state-of-the-art incubators.
- A 13-bed inpatient antenatal unit located at Bayfront Baby Place when high risk patients need to be admitted for closer observation and treatment in addition to a NICU. The antenatal unit is staffed by highly trained nursing staff.
Services We Provide
Our team of highly skilled maternal-fetal medicine specialists offers a variety of treatments and services in the fields of prenatal care, genetic counseling and fetal diagnosis, including:
- Amniocentesis—A procedure performed to obtain genetic information about a developing fetus by collecting a sample of amniotic fluid
- Combined First-Trimester Nuchal Translucency Screening—A noninvasive fetal screening test for Down syndrome and trisomies 13 and 18. Prenatal genetic counseling services also are provided in conjunction with first-trimester screening, if requested
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)—A procedure done early in pregnancy to test for certain genetic abnormalities in a developing fetus
- Doppler ultrasound — An imaging procedure that measures blood flow in different parts of your fetus’ body, such as the umbilical cord, brain and heart
- Fetal echocardiography—A specialized ultrasound study that focuses on the fetal heart and fetal heart structure, specifically the blood flow through the fetal heart and fetal cardiac rhythm
- 3-D and 4-D digital ultrasound—State-of-the-art imaging procedures that scan for abnormalities, as well as provide vital information on fetal anatomy and growth. All scans are interpreted by one of our maternal-fetal medicine specialists
- Maternal heart conditions
- Risk for premature births
- Thyroid disorders
- Uterine anomalies