Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine

With up to eight percent of expecting mothers experiencing complications during pregnancy, Saint Francis Medical Center highly values its partnership with Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine to provide comprehensive care to parents throughout the region.

What Is a Perinatologist?

A perinatologist – also known as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist – is a doctor who works with expecting mothers and their obstetricians or family practitioners who deliver babies to ensure the healthiest pregnancies possible if they are at higher-than-normal risk.

Who Sees a Perinatologist?

Obstetricians or family practitioners refer patients to a perinatologist if:

  • There is need for diagnostic or therapeutic procedures during pregnancy
  • Medical or surgical disorders could complicate pregnancy
  • Pregnancy is at an increased risk for an adverse outcome
  • There is concern of preterm labor, low birth weight, illness or other complications

With a full-time perinatologist, Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine’s highly trained physician and support staff work closely with expecting parents and their referring obstetricians and family practitioners to co-manage a variety of medical complications that can occur during pregnancy, including:

  • Chronic renal disease
  • Complicated preeclampsia and eclampsia
  • Congenital disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine diseases
  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Hematological diseases
  • Hypertension and cardiac disease
  • Incompetent cervix
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurological diseases and seizure disorders
  • Preterm labor
  • Recurrent pregnancy losses
  • Significant second or third trimester bleeding

Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine diagnoses and treats pregnancy-related complications through state-of-the-art technology, advanced procedures and personalized care, including:

  • Preconception genetic counseling for concerns with personal and family health histories
  • 4-D ultrasound technology that shows 3-D images of the baby’s movement
  • Genetic disorder assessment by evaluating the baby’s heart and blood flow
  • Prenatal diagnosis as needed through amniocentesis or other testing
  • Careful monitoring and management of multiple gestation pregnancies
  • Management of chronic conditions affecting pregnancies, such as diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders and seizure

Reviews for Cape Maternal & Fetal Medicine

Nat. Playz

I couldn’t ask for a better doctor for me & my child. The best out there!