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Maternal Fetal Medicine

There was a time when women with high-risk pregnancies had to seek treatment outside of our region. That time is no more. Ochsner perinatalogists, physicians specially trained in maternal fetal medicine, have the experience and talent needed to treat even the most complex pregnancies. And they do it close to home, where you can have family and friends by your side.

Why Ochsner for Maternal Fetal Medicine?

From pre-conception care to the diagnosis and treatment of obstetrical problems to managing high-risk pregnancies, our nationally renowned team has a high level of expertise unparalleled in the region. When you combine skill with compassion, you get impressive outcomes.

You may benefit from Ochsner’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Program if:

  • You were 35 years or older when your baby was conceived
  • You are carrying multiples
  • You have a family history of genetic disorders or birth defects
  • You have a history of preeclampsia or gestational diabetes
  • You’ve had a previous premature delivery, miscarriage or stillbirth
  • You have a complication, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, an infectious disease, gastrointestinal issues, a cardio-pulmonary condition or an autoimmune disorder
  • You have placental anomalies
  • You have a pregnancy recently diagnosed with a defect
  • You had a pregnancy in the past with a defect
  • You want a second opinion about a recent fetal diagnosis

Learn more about Fetal Care at Ochsner 

Having a Baby After 35

In the last 15 years, there has been 50 percent increase in first births to women over 40 –­ and one in five women is delaying pregnancy until after the age of 35. If you fall into one of these groups, good prenatal care and regular check ups can increase your chances of having a safe pregnancy and a healthy baby. So can choosing an experienced team like the one at Ochsner.

Having a baby after age 35 increases your risks for:

  • Miscarriage or ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
  • Complications, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, placenta abruption and placenta previa
  • Conceiving a baby with a chromosomal problem
  • Having a premature delivery or a low birthweight baby
  • Having a cesarean section

Ask your doctor for more information.