Saint Louis University

The SLUCare Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians are leaders in delivering high-risk babies. As every expectant mother is different; we will tailor your care to fit your needs. Our team of experts can be used as a consultation resource for you and your primary obstetrician, we can take over as your primary obstetrician for the remainder of your pregnancy and delivery, or we can provide any combination of services in between.

Treatment occurs at SSM Perinatal Center, which provides specialized care for every aspect of high-risk pregnancy.

Pre-Conception

We are equipped to discuss pre-pregnancy concerns with women who have a preexisting condition like obesity, diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure or kidney disease that may complicate your pregnancy. We take patients with complex medical issues and can educate you on the safety of pharmaceutical care during pregnancy. We understand how some medications can affect your baby and others do not, and we will help both you and your baby stay healthy during the pregnancy.

Mid-Pregnancy

We have maternal-fetal medicine physicians, neonatologists, medical geneticists and genetic counselors available to your family, as well as pediatric medical specialists and pediatric surgical specialists.

We are prepared to take immediate action whenever complications of pregnancy occur. We are also on the forefront of prenatal genetic testing and other medical and surgical treatment options. The St. Louis Fetal Care Institute at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center specializes in in-utero issues, such as spina bifida and twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome.

SLUCare physicians also practice telemedicine, which is a remote ultrasound. Patients who live outside the city can receive an ultrasound over a secured Internet connection with an expert in St. Louis.

During Delivery

SLUCare's high-risk pregnancies have a 30 percent C-Section rate, which is impressively low. Our physicians are committed to a natural birth process. The delivery will happen at SSM St. Mary's Hospital, which offers private rooms for all patients and the option of working with a midwife. Babies who are born prematurely will have the highest quality of care in our neonatal intensive care unit.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services

Our physicians diagnose and treat all maternal medical and surgical complications, including:

  • Advanced maternal age
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Cardiovascular and hypertensive disorders
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurological disorders
  • Obesity and Pregnancy
  • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
  • Telemedicine
  • Thromboembolism
  • Thyroid and other endocrine disorders

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Areas of Expertise

  • Abnormal triple screen
  • Abruptio placenta
  • Amniotic fluid embolism
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Multi-fetal gestations
  • Placenta previa
  • Preterm labor
  • Preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • Recurrent pregnancy losses

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Locations

Women's Health Pavilion at SSM St. Mary's Health Center 
1031 Bellevue Ave., Suite 400
St. Louis, MO 63117
(314) 977-7455
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SLUCare Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at St. Luke's Hospital
224 S. Woods Mill Road, Suite 665
St. Louis, MO 63017
(314) 977-7455
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