FAQs


What is Maternal-Fetal medicine?
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
Who needs the services of a Maternal-Fetal specialist?
When should a woman consult a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician?
What are the most common fetal illnesses requiring an MFM physician?
If I consult a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician, how will he or she coordinate care with my primary care physician, obstetrician or nurse-midwife?
Does your office perform 3-D ultrasounds?
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
What is your cancelled appointment policy?
What are your billing requirements?
What should I do if I have a question about my bill?
What forms of payment do you accept?
What should I do if your office is closed and I need medical care?

 

What is Maternal-Fetal medicine?

Maternal-Fetal medicine (MFM) is a specialized practice within obstetrics that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies, including monitoring and providing treatment such as comprehensive ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling and genetic amniocentesis, as well as fetal surgery or treatment. We are here to ensure that the expectant mother is healthy so she can have the healthiest possible pregnancy and birth experience.
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What is a high-risk pregnancy?

It’s a pregnancy during which the mother has a medical condition or there is an abnormality in the fetus or the placenta that could compromise the health of either mother or child. Risk may be related to a woman's age (younger than age 15, older than age 35), weight (pre-pregnancy weight under 100 pounds or obesity), height (under 5 feet tall) or history of complications during previous pregnancies (including stillbirth, fetal loss, preterm labor and/or delivery, small-for-gestational age baby, large baby, pre-eclampsia or eclampsia).
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Who needs the services of a Maternal-Fetal specialist?

A woman is generally referred to a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist by her obstetrician or by an infertility specialist because there is potential for a pregnancy-related health concern or because a problem has developed during the course of the pregnancy.

 

Referral to one of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists should not cause undue alarm. It does not necessarily mean the pregnancy will be a difficult one, nor does it mean the baby will have health problems. Most often, it is a precautionary measure designed to protect both mother and baby, while putting the expectant parents' minds at ease.
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When should a woman consult a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician?

Before pregnancy: A Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician can help identify and prepare for the risks of pregnancy, especially if there is something in the woman’s medical history (a disease or prior poor pregnancy outcome) that increases the likelihood of a high-risk pregnancy.

 

During pregnancy: A Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician can plan a course of action to address pre-existing conditions or conditions affecting the mother or fetus that develop during the course of the pregnancy. In some cases, he or she may need to assume full responsibility for care, if the case is beyond the expertise of the obstetric caregiver.

 

After delivery: A Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician can assist with complications that may develop, such as postpartum hypertension, excessive bleeding, or resistant infection.
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What are the most common fetal illnesses requiring an MFM physician?

Common fetal illnesses requiring an MFM physician can include:

  • Blood disorders
  • Birth defects
  • Chromosomal abnormalities and genetic syndromes
  • Congenital infections
  • Intrauterine growth abnormalities

 

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians are trained to use a diagnostic ultrasound to identify some of these complications. They are also skilled in planning and timing the delivery to optimize a healthy outcome.

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If I consult a Maternal-Fetal Medicine physician, how will he or she coordinate care with my primary care physician, obstetrician or nurse-midwife?

Our physicians have specialized training and experience to manage high-risk pregnancies or to provide counseling before or during pregnancy. Though a woman may see one of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians several times throughout her pregnancy, her own obstetrician will continue to manage the pregnancy and will deliver the baby.

 

Typically, a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist is not present at the birth, but may consult with a neonatologist (a pediatrician who specializes in care for newborns with special medical needs) before the delivery to make sure all necessary services are in place.

 

He or she may also coordinate care with other medical and surgical subspecialists, neonatologists, anesthesiologists, and critical care teams, if your specific case warrants. In some cases, he or she may even assume primary responsibility for care.
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Does your office perform 3-D ultrasounds?

Yes. Sometimes a 3-D or 4-D Ultrasound is used to obtain more information on an area of concern, such as a cleft lip or palate, a cardiac abnormality or an aspect of the baby’s anatomy that is difficult to capture using 2-D ultrasound because of the way the baby is positioned in the womb.
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What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Photo ID
  • Current insurance card(s)
  • Co-payment(s), if required
  • Tests results/films that have been requested by us
  • Past medical records or ask your physician to fax them to (614) 566.6904
  • Current list of your medications, or bring the prescription bottles with you

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What is your cancelled appointment policy?

Patients are seen by appointment only. If you are unable to keep your appointment, we ask for a 48-hours advance notice of your cancellation. Please call (614) 566.4378 if you need to change the day or time of your appointment.
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What are your billing requirements?

Patients must pay any co-payments at the time of their visit. Patients are responsible to pay any amounts, such as deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance their insurance company designates is their responsibility.
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What should I do if I have a question about my bill?

Please call the telephone number listed on the bill you received.

To pay your bill online for a visit to our office after April 8, 2015, go to the OhioHealth Online Bill Pay webpage.

To pay your bill online for a visit to our office before April 8, 2015, go to www.OPGPatientAccess.com.

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What forms of payment do you accept?

For your convenience, our office accepts Master Card, VISA, debit cards, personal checks and cash for payment of services.
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What should I do if your office is closed and I need medical care?

If you are experiencing what you believe is a medical emergency, please call 9-1-1 or go to the closest hospital Emergency Department. If you need to reach someone with an urgent medical problem, please call our office number at (614) 566.4378 and our answering service will assist you.
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