Maternal-Fetal Medicine – Perinatology
What our maternal-fetal medicine specialists do for you
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, also called perinatologists, are experts at caring for high-risk pregnancies.
Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are trained initially in obstetrics and gynecology, but they go on to complete fellowship training in the complications unique to pregnancy.
Using obstetric level II ultrasound, they can help you understand the latest approaches to managing complex, high-risk pregnancies.
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists work with obstetricians and family physicians, starting before conception and all the way through your post-partum care.
We make every effort to care for patients close to their home. For some patients, however, office visits to our Louisville locations may be necessary. In some complex cases, childbirth may need to take place in Louisville.
In addition to our maternal-fetal medicine specialists, our team includes obstetricians and nurse practitioners who provide support in the office and hospital.
Who needs a maternal-fetal medicine specialist?
- Genetic disorders
- Medical complications
- History of birth defects
Diagnostic testing and therapeutic procedures during pregnancy, including:
- First-trimester screening for Down syndrome
- Comprehensive ultrasound
- Chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
- Intrauterine transfusion
- Cell-free DNA testing
- Fetal echocardiogram
Care for women with other medical conditions, such as:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Pre-eclampsia (toxemia)
- Diabetes and endocrine disorders
- Kidney or gastrointestinal diseases
- Infectious diseases
- Neurological disorders
- Substance use disorder
Care for healthy women whose pregnancy is at increased risk for one of these reasons:
- Abnormal maternal serum screening
- Multiple gestation (twins, triplets and more)
- Recurrent preterm labor and delivery
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Suspected fetal growth restriction/baby not growing normally
Care for babies with anomalies
The maternal-fetal medicine specialists diagnose fetal anomalies (abnormalities). After this diagnosis, the maternal-fetal medicine specialists work with neonatologists and pediatric specialists to develop a plan of care during your pregnancy and at your delivery. We treat the following fetal anomalies:
- Genitourinary (bladder, kidney, genitals)
- Neurologic (spine, brain)
- Gastrointestinal (gastroschisis, omphalocele, duodenal atresia)
- Pulmonary: congenital pulmonary airways malformation (CPAM), congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM)
- Airway obstructive TE fistula
Where to receive maternal-fetal medicine care
Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine has practices at Norton Children’s Hospital and Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Louisville, as well as outreach clinics in Bowling Green, Kentucky; and Paducah, Kentucky. Our outreach clinics enable women with complicated pregnancies to receive specialized care without always traveling to Louisville. Outreach clinics are staffed by our maternal-fetal medicine specialists and highly trained sonographers who provide the same level of care as our Louisville offices.
Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists work in partnership with your primary physician whenever possible, so you can continue your relationship with the provider you know best while receiving the specialized care you need throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
Norton Children’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Locations
Children’s Hospital Foundation Building, Suite 700
601 S. Floyd St.
Louisville, KY 40202
Norton Medical Plaza 3 – St. Matthews, Suite 515
4123 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
Norton Children’s Outpatient Center
Doctors Office Building 3, Suite 102
2605 Kentucky Ave.
Paducah, KY 42003
Norton Children’s Outpatient Center
Commonwealth Medical Plaza
720 E. 2nd Ave., Suite 102
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Scheduling and Questions
A visit with our specialists requires a provider referral. For specific questions or to make an appointment call (866) 574-4111.
What if a complication occurs?
During pregnancy your provider may decide admission to the hospital is necessary for closer monitoring of you and your baby.
- The region’s preferred birthing facility for high-risk pregnancies
- 16-bed antepartum unit
- Connected to Norton Children’s Hospital, home of the region’s only level 4 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- 14-bed antepartum unit
- Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
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