Maternal- Fetal Medicine

Dedicated to treating women with high risk pregnancies to provide a healthy life for mothers and babies.

The services of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division are designed to treat complicated and high-risk pregnancies. Many moms-to-be may fall into this category, though the term "high risk" is not necessarily a cause for alarm. It merely means that because of your medical history (including conditions as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure), difficulties in a prior pregnancy, or a pregnancy with more than one baby, you will need to be monitored more closely to ensure the health of you and your baby. Complications for the fetus, including intrauterine growth failure, fetal abnormalities, genetic problems or congenital malformations can also be addressed.

Because many maternal-fetal conditions are unusual, even well trained specialists may fail to encounter enough cases to be familiar with the latest treatments. Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine team is highly trained in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions. The team manages the patient's care in collaboration with the primary care obstetric team, offering information about the most current approaches and techniques to diagnose and treat complicated pregnancies.

Established more than 25 years ago, the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division at Emory was one of the first specialty units in the country. Today the division provides services at two state-of-the-art perinatal centers: Emory Perinatal Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Emory Regional Perinatal Center at Grady Health System, which is one of six regional high-risk infant care centers in the state.


The Maternal-Fetal Medicine division provides services at the Emory Perinatal Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown, and the Emory Regional Perinatal Center, Grady Health System. These services include:

  • Pre-conception counseling and genetic counseling for women with medical problems that could affect pregnancy.
  • Management of pregnancy complicated by conditions such as diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, cardio-pulmonary conditions, or infectious diseases.
  • State-of-the-art ultrasound examinations, including 3D and 4D.
  • First and second trimester diagnosis of fetal chromosomal problems using cell-free fetal DNA, CVS and amniocentesis.
  • Diagnosis of and treatment plan for fetal or placental anomalies.
  • Management of multiple pregnancies, e.g. twins and triplets.
  • Management of pregnancies in women of advanced maternal age (women older than 35).
  • Some prenatal interventions, such as utero surgery (performed on the fetus of a pregnant woman).
  • Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) for high-risk newborns.


The Emory Perinatal Center is located on the eighth floor of Emory University Hospital Midtown Medical Office Tower, 550 Peachtree Street, across from our general OB-GYN office. Emory University Hospital Midtown is also home to an outstanding Maternity Center, which includes a newborn nursery.

Some patients may be sent to the Emory Regional Perinatal Center at Grady Health System, also staffed by physicians from our Maternal-Fetal Medicine division. The Emory Regional Perinatal Center is one of six centers in the state designated to care for high-risk infants.