The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Women’s Health offers high-risk pregnancy care for women with complications identified prior to or during pregnancy and for their unborn babies. The division has a robust research portfolio and is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.
The division’s educational programs are developed with every learner in mind and aim to train and develop the whole physician. Learners receive hands-on experience and clinical education in our inpatient and ambulatory facilities. The division is home to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship, a fully accredited, three-year training program.
In collaboration with UT Health Austin and partners Ascension Seton and CommUnityCare Health Centers, division members provide consultative high-risk obstetrics care to patients in the hospital and across various ambulatory locations in the Austin area.
The division offers a comprehensive range of high-risk pregnancy services including prenatal care and diagnosis, advanced obstetrical ultrasound, diagnosis and treatment of fetal disease, fetal intervention, ambulatory and inpatient consultation, genetic testing and counseling, diabetes and nutritional counseling.
Division faculty are fellowship-trained and board-certified or board-eligible in maternal-fetal medicine. Many of the division faculty members also hold leadership positions at either the local, state or national level, which serves to help advance the care provided to patients.
The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine has a diverse research program with projects complimenting the division’s clinical expertise. Recent project topics include:
- Fetal heart imaging
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Labor curves
- Fetal growth abnormalities
- Incidence and risk factors for morbidities
- Medical complications in of pregnancy (substance use disorders, obesity, gestational diabetes and diabetes)
More recently, the department is studying COVID-19, characterizing the spectrum of COVID, identifying risk factors for bad outcomes, understanding COVID in pregnant and delivering women and understanding the psychological impact on health care workers who treat COVID patients.
The division also has particular expertise in gestational diabetes screening and maternal mental health. Our faculty collaborate with programs around the country including the University of Alabama at Birmingham, UT Health Science Center at Houston and Indiana University, among others.
Division faculty and residents regularly present at national and regional scientific meetings and publish in leading peer-reviewed journals.