Maternal Fetal Medicine for at Risk Pregnancies
Maternal Fetal Medicine is a subspecialty of the Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/Gyn) Department at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF). Most women seek consultation from or care by Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctors because they are "at risk" and considering becoming pregnant, or they are already pregnant and have high risk or complicated pregnancies or are otherwise worried about their pregnancies.
PAMF's Maternal Fetal Medicine Department is a certified Prenatal Diagnostic Center for follow-up care for patients with an abnormal alpha fetoprotein test.
MFM specialists provide the following care and can treat women with the following conditions, or those undergoing certain procedures, before or during pregnancy, including:
- Advanced maternal age (equal to or greater than 35)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Diabetes or other endocrine disorders
- Kidney or gastrointestinal disease
- Infectious diseases
- Genetic amniocentesis, fetal treatment
- Abnormal alpha fetoprotein blood test
- Multiples (twins, triplets or more)
- Recurrent preterm labor and delivery
- Premature rupture of membranes
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Suspected fetal growth restriction
A: A MFM doctor is an OB/Gyn sub-specialist who has completed two to three years of MFM fellowship after completing four years of OB/Gyn residency upon graduation from medical school. During fellowship training, MFM doctors gain special expertise in caring for both mother and fetus due to various obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy.
Q: How does the MFM specialist coordinate care with the patient's regular OB/Gyn doctor?
A: If necessary, your OB/Gyn doctor will refer you to an MFM doctor for specialized care. The MFM doctor will work collaboratively with your regular OB/Gyn, who will continue overseeing your care throughout your pregnancy and will deliver your baby.
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Bonnie Dwyer, M.D., FACOG
Liza H. Kunz, M.D., FACOG
Siegfried Rotmensch, M.D.
Amy Wong, M.D.
MFM Genetic Counselors
Jennifer Fowler, CGC
Diem Huynh, CGC, M.S.
Andrie Klass, CGC
Franchesca Liao, CGC, M.S.
Summer Pierson, M.S., CGC
Kimberly Reisiger, CGC, M.S.
Scott Rosenthal, M.S., CGC
Valerie Watiker, M.D. - does not work directly with patients
Maternal Fetal Medicine, Mountain View
2485 Hospital Drive, Suite 231
Mountain View, CA 94040
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Hours: 8 a.m to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
3200 Kearney Street, Second Floor
Fremont, CA 94538
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Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Redwood City Women's Health Center
2950 Whipple Avenue, Suite 6
Redwood City, CA 94062
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.