Maternal Fetal Medicine
Expert care for the unexpected
Maternal Fetal Medicine is an exciting subspecialty of obstetrics. We look after mothers experiencing a pregnancy that does not following the normal pattern. Many describe our patient population as “high risk,” and we follow the pregnancy using such screening methods as:
Obstetric ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of a baby (embryo or fetus) within a pregnant woman, as well as of the mother’s uterus and ovaries. It does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and is the preferred method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies. A Doppler ultrasound study is a technique that evaluates blood flow in the umbilical cord, fetus or placenta.
Maternal Fetal Serum screening
Maternal Fetal Serum screening is a blood test. A pregnant woman’s blood is taken and analysis is done on hormones and proteins present in the blood. These levels do not determine an anomaly in the fetus, but can suggest the need for further testing.
Intrauterine fetal therapy
Intrauterine Fetal Therapy is the treatment of the fetus while still in the mother’s womb. This treatment could be something as simple as the mother taking medication orally that is transferred to the baby through the placenta, to invasive procedures such as therapeutic amniocentesis, blood transfusions for Rh Disease and thoracocentesis.
Our doctors are committed to excellence in clinical care, continuing professional development, teaching and research in all aspects of women’s health. We are involved in patient safety initiatives, the implementation of clinical guidelines and the development of clinical pathways.
We’re proud of our knowledgeable Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine team. Find out more about our faculty clinicians and researchers:
- Dr. Lynne McLeod, division chief
- Dr. Vicky Allen
- Dr. Jill Coolen
- Dr. Chris Nash
- Dr. Heather Scott
- Dr. Mike VandenHof
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
IWK Health Centre
55850/5980 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3K 6R8