Maternal Fetal Medicine

Some pregnancies may require special attention to ensure the health of you and your baby.

Hackensack Meridian Health’s maternal fetal medicine physicians specialize in high-risk conditions in pregnant women and their babies.

When to See a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist

Before Pregnancy

A maternal fetal medicine specialist can help you plan a healthy pregnancy, especially if you are over the age of 35 or have a history of:

  • Chronic health conditions that involve your heart, blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, immune system or digestive system
  • Multiple miscarriages
  • Preterm labor and delivery
  • Stillbirths

During Pregnancy

You may see a maternal fetal medicine specialist if you are currently pregnant and have:

  • Complicated pregnancy with preeclampsia, infection, gestational diabetes or if baby is not growing as expected
  • Multiple pregnancy with twins, triplets or more
  • Placenta accreta and other placenta issues
  • Too much or not enough amniotic fluid
  • Ultrasound or test that suggests a possible fetal congenital anomaly

Our maternal fetal medicine specialists use advanced testing to screen for genetic abnormalities, birth defects, growth restrictions and more. This allows parents to prepare for the birth of a child with special needs. In some cases, our specialists can perform procedures to correct issues before birth or make plans for treatment after birth.

After Labor and Delivery

Postpartum, our maternal fetal medicine specialists can assist with:

  • Complications with delivery such as heavy bleeding or infections
  • Post-delivery care for preeclampsia, infection or gestational diabetes

Our maternal fetal medicine specialists work with your obstetrician, nurse-midwife or family doctor to create a care plan for you and for your baby and coordinate with other specialists, as needed.

Tests We Offer

  • Amniocentesis
  • Biophysical profile
  • Chorionic villus sampling
  • Comprehensive and targeted ultrasonography
  • Doppler velocimetry
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • First and second trimester biochemical and ultrasound screening
  • First trimester screening
  • Percutaneous umbilical blood sampling

Consultations for High-Risk Conditions

Our maternal fetal medicine specialists can also help create care plans for babies who are born with high-risk conditions, including:

  • Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation (CCAM)
  • Congenital diaphragmatic hernia
  • Congenital high airway obstruction syndrome (CHAOS)Down syndrome
  • Gastroschisis
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Omphalocele
  • Sacrococcygeal teratoma (SCT)
  • Trisomy 18
  • Twin reversed arterial perfusion (TRAP sequence)
  • Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS)
  • Other genetic or structural conditions

Delivering a Happy Ending

Nacha Messina-Mejia faced health challenges during her pregnancy. With the support and expertise of the obstetricians, maternal fetal medicine specialists and nurses at Hackensack Meridian Health, Nacha delivered healthy twin boys.

Watch Nacha's Story

Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health


Your care team of specially-trained experts will include maternal fetal medicine specialists, neonatologists, obstetric nurses, obstetric anesthesiologists, and pediatricians.

Specialized Programs

Our specialized programs include the centers for Abnormal Placentation and Early Pregnancy Loss, as well as our Fetal Care Program and Perinatal Diagnostic Unit.

Excellent Outcomes

Our outcomes include zero (0)% mortality rate of high-risk mothers, the lowest blood transfusion rate in the country and minimized the risk of bleeding during childbirth.

Our Doctors

We are proud to offer personal, experienced obstetric and gynecological care to the women of our community.

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