High-Risk Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) in Louisville, Kentucky
Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) doctors are trained in high-risk obstetrics to help during more complicated pregnancies. Learn more about maternal-fetal medicine.
High-Risk Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN) in Louisville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Agatha Critchfield, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
A maternal-fetal medicine physician is someone who is trained as an obstetrician/gynecologist or OB/GYN, who then goes on to do extra training in high-risk obstetrics. In this field, we’re taking care of moms and fetuses, really two patients, when something is not going quite right, or there is the potential for something to not go quite right in the pregnancy.
We utilize a lot of ultrasound, because that gives us a real-time look at the fetus and how the baby is doing. We do some advanced screening techniques through bloodwork. Then, there are some diagnostic procedures that we do, commonly, one being chorionic villus sampling, where we might take a sampling of the placenta to do some genetic testing, or amniocentesis, where we take a sampling of the amniotic fluid around the fetus to do testing.
I love my job. For me, there’s a lot of satisfaction in taking care of moms and families during what is often a very anxiety-provoking or scary time for them. Usually patients are coming to me because there is something going on, and I enjoy walking them through that process.
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