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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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To learn more about maternal-fetal medicine at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, call 414-259-7480.

When you choose Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare for your maternity care, you have access to exceptional, specialized care for any complications that may arise. As a statewide leader in the care of mothers and babies, we are proud to offer one of the most comprehensive programs in Southeast Wisconsin for preventing, diagnosing and caring for high-risk pregnancies.

Exceptional Care for High-Risk Pregnancies

Our maternal-fetal medicine physicians and expert clinical staff help anticipate problems during pregnancy and develop a treatment plan for dealing with any complications. With many years combined experience, our maternal-fetal medicine physicians are on the medical staff of every Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare hospital. Working as specialty consultants, they staff our Prenatal Assessment Centers and Centers for Fetal Diagnostics in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and Racine, including:

  • Serving high-risk mothers and their babies
  • Embracing the latest technologies surrounding perinatal care
  • Leading innovative maternal-fetal medicine research projects
  • Teaching in medical schools in the United States and abroad
  • Co-managing pregnancies with their patients’ primary care physicians and obstetricians

Caring for the Unborn Baby

A wide range of conditions can be addressed and managed prior to a baby’s birth, including:

  • Cleft lip and/or palate
  • Congenital hernias
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Fetal anemia and intrauterine blood transfusions
  • Neurological defects
  • Urologic defects
  • Orthopedic abnormalities including club feet and scoliosis
  • Other abnormalities or challenges

Caring for the Mom-to-Be

For preconception issues or complications that occur during pregnancy, such as diabetes or hypertension, we guide patients to the best and safest course of treatment available. Through genetic counseling, we can help determine whether there may be an increased risk for certain birth defects.

Issues affecting the mother that can be treated include:

  • Twins, triplets and higher order of multiples
  • Cervical insufficiency
  • Uterine malformations
  • Diabetes - Type l, ll and gestational
  • Preterm labor
  • Hypertension and gestational hypertension
  • Pre eclampsia
  • Sickle Cell
  • Rh incompatibility
  • Infections
  • Other medical conditions exacerbated by pregnancy

Learn more about common complications of pregnancy at our online Health Library.

Help with Difficult Pregnancies

Women with a history of previous preterm birth, multiple gestation, cervical surgery, uterine malformations or preterm labor in current pregnancy can benefit from the expertise of our maternal-fetal medicine physicians for treatment, including:

  • Preterm labor prevention, symptoms and instruction
  • Cervical surveillance via transvaginal ultrasound
  • Medication instruction, including hormonal supplements
  • Nutritional counseling

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Talk with your OB/Gyn or primary care physician regarding high-risk pregnancy or any concerns you have about your or your baby’s health.

Find a Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare OB/GYN physician near you.

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