Maternal-fetal medicine in Indiana
Not all women will need more advanced care during their pregnancy. But if you do, our care teams are ready to deliver care during high-risk pregnancies. You may have questions, expectations and some worries. That’s why our maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialists at Ascension St. Vincent in Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana, start by listening to understand you, your preferences and concerns. Your care team will answer your questions — big and small. And your MFM and OB-GYN will work together with you as a team. Our goal is to deliver healthy babies, with early and regular prenatal care and monitoring.
Advanced care for high-risk pregnancy
Your care team specializes in prenatal diagnosis and monitoring, using advanced ultrasound, fetal heart ultrasound and more. MFM specialists are board-certified OB-GYNs with expertise in diagnosing and managing high-risk pregnancies. These highly experienced specialists have two to three years of additional education and clinical training. Your MFM specialist and OB-GYN care for you and your baby in a collaborative way throughout your pregnancy.
You may need MFM care during your pregnancy if you have a health condition, experience complications during pregnancy, or have had complications during a pregnancy in the past. Throughout your pregnancy, your care team monitors your health and your baby’s health to detect any potential concerns as quickly as possible so that treatment can begin immediately.
During pregnancy, we care for:
- Abnormal blood clotting
- Autoimmune disorders
- Chronic high blood pressure
- Fetal anomalies (a condition that appears as a baby is developing in the womb)
- Fetal growth disorders (when a baby does not grow to a normal weight)
- Heart conditions during pregnancy
- Placental concerns, including preeclampsia and placenta accreta spectrum (when the placenta does not detach at birth)
- Genetic disorders
- Multiple births
- Preterm labor
Connected to specialized care for mom and baby
Sometimes, your baby may need more advanced pediatric care. We work with your OB-GYN at Ascension St. Vincent and pediatric specialists at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital to help make sure you and your baby are receiving highly specialized care before, during and after delivery.
If your baby is born early or has a health concern, pediatric specialists may join your care team to provide advanced care for your baby in our neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Indianapolis has a level IV NICU, the highest level of newborn care. Our NICU at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital in Evansville is Level III and is connected to the Women's Hospital, so you and your baby stay together after your baby is born. Your family is also connected to pediatric ECMO, cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons and more – ready to deliver advanced newborn care.
Refer a patient to a specialist
Your patients and their families can expect compassionate, personalized care from the moment our specialists connect with them. Our specialists start by listening to fully understand each patient’s needs and to develop an individualized care plan. We work with you to deliver coordinated care. To make a doctor referral for your patient, please call 317-415-8100.
Learn more about maternity care at Ascension St. Vincent.