Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) physicians at Mercy Clinic Maternal and Fetal Medicine - Medical Tower B, St. Louis, are high-risk obstetricians, also known as perinatologists. They are trained in obstetrics and gynecology and have an in-depth understanding of pregnancy complications and treatments.
A pregnant woman may be referred to an MFM specialist for a variety of reasons. Many women are referred for prenatal testing to evaluate fetal growth and other characteristics. Others may have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or develop complications which require close monitoring and care.
Mercy Clinic MFM specialists work in collaboration with obstetricians to provide care for high-risk women through consultation, co-management of a woman's pregnancy, total care (including prenatal care and delivery) and direction of care before (pre-conception), during and after pregnancy.
The Mercy Clinic MFM Diabetes in Pregnancy Program includes certified diabetes educators (CDE) and perinatal nurses who have special training in diabetes management and education in pregnancy. Our program focus is caring for women preconception and during pregnancy with Type 1 diabetes including insulin pump therapy) and Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes and gestational diabetes. We also provide postpartum follow-up and coordination with OB/GYN, endocrinology and primary care physicians.
Taught by a certified diabetic educator and offered to all women with gestational diabetes or any other diabetic patient in need of education:
We also offer patients and referring physicians health-related services through telecommunications technologies, including videoconferencing, the internet and store-and-forward imaging.
Telehealth consultation is used in caring for our at-risk maternity patients at the following Mercy Maternal and Fetal Health Centers: