Johns Hopkins Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine Overview

>> Hello and welcome to
Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. I’m Dr. Jeanne Sheffield,
the division director for Maternal-Fetal Medicine,
and I’d like to spend a little time talking about
what we have to offer you. A maternal-fetal medicine specialist is an obstetrician gynecologist that sub-specializes in
high risk obstetrics. We’re also called perinatologists. After medical school,
we complete a four year OB/GYN residency training program, and then three years
of additional training encompassing maternal and fetal care. We develop specialized skills
to help both the mother and the baby before and during
a complicated pregnancy. We care for two or more patients, the mother and her
unborn child or children. A pregnant woman that develops a problem during her pregnancy or
at the time of delivery often has a maternal-fetal
medicine specialist involved. Women with chronic medical conditions come to us for their prenatal care. We work with our other specialists to keep her healthy during the pregnancy. These conditions may include diabetes, chronic hypertension, kidney disease, heart disease and transplants,
cancer and pregnancy. We consult with women prior
to their becoming pregnant in order to help optimize their health and improve outcomes once
they become pregnant. We also follow a pregnancy complicated biogenetic disorder, or fetal anomaly, helping to coordinate care
prior to and after delivery. If your family has a genetic disorder, we can counsel you prior
to becoming pregnant as to what your risk is of
passing on the abnormal genes. We can also help to determine
if your unborn child may have this disorder if
you’re already pregnant. We also diagnose problems with
your baby prior to delivery, such as spina bifida or abnormal growth, and help to either treat
the baby prior to birth or help coordinate the care
of your baby after it’s born. Finally, if a problem arises
during your actual delivery, we help manage you during
the delivery and afterwards to assure that you have
the best possible outcome. Johns Hopkins Hospital
has a state of the art labor and delivery unit. It is set up to deal with
any medical or surgical complications that may
arise during your delivery. We also have 24 hour seven
day a week consultations available if other services are required. We have a newly renovated prenatal clinic, ultrasound suite, and
prenatal diagnosis center to service any need that
may arise prior to delivery. Our goal as caregivers
is to provide a woman and her family with the critical support that she needs to deliver a healthy baby. So please, if you have
any questions or concerns, we would be glad to talk to you and take care of both you and your child. Thank you. (upbeat music)

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