Maternal & Fetal Medicine in Syracuse 

Certain women are considered high risk, and need special care to manage the risk of complications during pregnancy.  If you are worried about your pregnancy or the development of your baby, a maternal and fetal medicine specialist  may be consulted.  These specialists have advanced training and experience managing complicated pregnancies. Maternal and fetal medicine specialists work with your regular OB doctor or midwife to address and minimize all of your concerns. 

If you are considered a high risk pregnancy, you may end up seeing our maternal and fetal medicine team at the Regional Perinatal Center at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. The Regional Perinatal Center at Upstate is the only high-risk OB service in central New York.

Some common reasons you may be considered high risk include: multiples (twins, triplets, etc.); gestational diabetes; high blood pressure; blood disorders; older than 35; obesity; or have a history of recurrent pregnancy loss.

The Regional Perinatal Center offers:

  • Physician on-call 24 hours
  • Diabetes care (see centering program information below)
  • Fetal health studies (includes measuring amniotic fluid and monitoring the baby's heart rate, breathing movements, and blood flow)
  • Prenatal diagnosis (diagnosing birth defects through ultrasound and/or amniocentesis
  • Obstetrical ultrasound (sonogram)
  • Arrangement and transfer of care
  • Counseling: crisis, genetic, individual and relationship, nutrition, perinatal grief, pre-pregnancy, teratologic (dealing with fetal malformations)
  • Support services: assistance obtaining medical insurance; assistance obtaining financial; food; and housing aid; job training program

Centering Pregnancy Program for Pregnant Diabetic Mothers

Centering Pregnancy is prenatal care that includes traditional pregnancy care with additional time and attention in a group setting just for diabetic mothers like you. You will meet with your provider and other women who are due near the same time for 10 sessions during your pregnancy. Centering Pregnancy is a way for you to share learning and experiences with other pregnant women and to be involved in your own care.

For more information about maternal and fetal medicine, and to schedule an appointment with an expert, please contact University OB/GYN Associates at (315) 464-5162 or the Regional Perinatal Center at (315) 464-4458.

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