Which Birth Professional Is Right for You?

The Maternal-Fetal Specialist

Also called a perinatologist, a maternal-fetal specialist is an obstetrician who has received training and certification in the care of high-risk pregnancies. This training often extends into pediatrics, since the perinatologist may need to manage problems that occur in babies before they are born.

Women who have had complications during prior pregnancies, those who are carrying multiples, and those who have other medical problems may use a maternal-fetal specialist in addition to, or instead of, an ob-gyn. Typically, you will be referred to this specialist if complications arise in your pregnancy.

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