Children's Hospital Colorado
Colorado Fetal Care Center
Colorado Fetal Care Center

Maternal Fetal Medicine Program

A woman with long brown hair holds a baby boy.

Early and accurate diagnosis of a mother or baby's medical condition is critical when caring for a high-risk pregnancy. The Maternal Fetal Medicine Program at the Colorado Fetal Care Center is comprised of internationally recognized maternal fetal care specialists working together to ensure the best possible outcomes for mom and baby.

From preconception consultation and prenatal diagnosis to delivery and follow-up care, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program offers a variety of services. The Program's team also works in collaboration with primary obstetricians throughout pregnancy and delivery to streamline patient care.

In the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program, patients and providers alike have access to specialists in several fields, including:

  • Cardiology
  • Oncology
  • Neonatology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Fetal and pediatric surgery

Whenever a woman experiences a high-risk pregnancy, the Maternal Fetal Medicine Program is here to take care of the mother and baby before and after birth.

Services offered in our Maternal Fetal Medicine Program

If a high-risk pregnancy or fetal condition is suspected, our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists will perform evaluations to reach a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis is found, patients will be introduced to interdisciplinary specialists who manage every aspect of the pregnancy and after delivery.

A pregnancy is considered high-risk when:

  • The mother has a high-risk medical condition, like diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
  • A baby is diagnosed with a high-risk prenatal condition, such as a congenital heart defect or abdominal wall abnormality.
  • A complication develops during pregnancy, such as preterm labor or preeclampsia.
  • Pregnancy of multiples, such as twins or triplets (or even quadruplets).

Our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists will be with you every step of the way, along with nurse coordinators from the Colorado Fetal Care Center. Internationally recognized genetic, medical and surgical specialists will participate in your care, as well.

After delivery, you and your baby will have access to the region's top medical specialists at University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado. If your baby needs intensive care after birth, he or she may be transferred to the Neonatology team and stay in one of our state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at either University of Colorado Hospital or Children's Colorado. Babies with cardiac defects will be cared for by pediatric cardiologists, cardiac intensivists and pediatric cardiology nurses at the Heart Institute at Children's Colorado.

Our program also offers a number of services for mothers and families before, during and after birth. Our fetal experts can help with:

  • Preconception consultations, including genetic testing
  • Management of pregnancies complicated by maternal medical conditions like:
    • Diabetes
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
    • Cancer
    • Kidney disease
    • Organ transplants
    • Autoimmune disease
  • Management of complications of pregnancy such as:
    • Preterm premature rupture of membranes
    • Preterm labor
    • Preeclampsia
    • HELLP syndrome
    • Acute fatty liver of pregnancy
    • Placenta previa and accrete
    • Gestational diabetes
  • State-of-the-art fetal imaging (ultrasound, fetal echocardiography and MRI)
  • High-risk labor and delivery suites
  • World-renowned fetal care, including in utero therapy for: