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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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