MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE 101
MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE (MFM), also known as Perinatology, is a branch of obstetrics focusing on the specialized treatment of high-risk pregnancies. A Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist (OBGYN) who has completed an additional 2 to 3 year fellowship in MFM. Maternal-Fetal Medicine experts deal with complex maternal and fetal issues that extend beyond the scope of “routine” pregnancy. This includes specialized diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, the care of pregnant women with medical and surgical complications, the care of fetuses at risk of an adverse outcome, and postpartum complications. MFM specialists work alongside the patient’s obstetrician to provide consultation or direct care for complex situations before, during, and after pregnancy. Management strategies include both medical and surgical options such as amniocentesis, fetal monitoring, chorionic villus sampling, and fetal surgery.
Medical malpractice cases involving Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Perninatology is complex and on the rise. The clinical issues in these malpractice cases are highly subpecialized, and securing a physician medical expert witness who is uniquely suited to opine on these topics is key. ELITE MEDICAL EXPERTS hand-vets Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Perinatology medical expert witnesses who are specialized to the exact clinical condition of each case. A Maternal-Fetal Medicine expert witness may be commonly needed in the medical situations outlined below.