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    How to Choose a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist

    If you have a high-risk pregnancy, choosing an MFM specialist to provide your prenatal care is an important step. This person will work closely with you to help you have a safe and healthy pregnancy.

    Your OB, family doctor, or midwife can refer you to a few MFM specialists. This list of questions can help you find the MFM specialist who's right for you:

    • Does the doctor have a good reputation?
    • How long has the MFM specialist been in practice?
    • How does the MFM specialist manage pain during delivery?
    • Are you comfortable with the MFM specialist's views about when to induce labor or perform a C-section?
    • Does the doctor listen to you and explain things clearly?
    • Is your partner comfortable with this doctor?
    • Will the MFM specialist be in town around your due date?
    • Will a Maternal-Fetal Medicine doctor be actually delivering me or will my primary OB-gyn still do that?
    • Who covers for the MFM specialist when he or she is not available?
    • If another doctor might handle the delivery, can you meet him or her beforehand?
    • What hospital is the MFM specialist affiliated with?
    • Does your insurance cover this doctor's services?
    • Is the staff pleasant and helpful?
    • Is the office location convenient?
    • How are emergencies and after-hour calls handled?

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on August 08, 2014

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