Fetal Medicine: What is it and why it matters?

Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists are critical to managing high-risk pregnancies

IVI Fetal Clinic, IVF, Fetal medicine, PREGNANCY, Gynaecology

Recent advances in maternal and Fetal medicine have undoubtedly taken many pregnancies to term and improved the well-being of preterm babies as well as twin/triplet pregnancies. In wake of the same, IVI Middle East Abu Dhabi started its IVI Fetal Medical Centre to enhance fetal care in the UAE and the region. IVI Fetal emphasises that fetal medicine is way different from the typical gynaecological care during pregnancy.

According to Dr Desislava, Lead, Fetal Medicine, IVI Fetal Clinic, which is a part of the IVI Fertility clinics – the world leaders behind advanced facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, and Muscat in Oman, it is imperative to educate couples about the vital role of maternal fetal medicine (MFM) specialist in achieving a healthy pregnancy. This is especially true for women who are categorised as high pregnancies because of their health condition, multiple pregnancies or advanced age, among others. Couples who have an increased risk of chromosomal and genetic anomalies are also considered high risk.

Patients often need clarity of Fetal Medicine. It is an advanced area of medicine that addresses the specific and unique health concerns of expectant mothers who have health issues, including high blood pressure, bleeding, and multiple miscarriages, and their unborn babies. Pregnant women with high-risk pregnancies are going to immensely benefit if they also seek the counsel and services of Fetal specialists. Timely and accurate fetal screening and diagnosis allow doctors to meet the specific and unique needs of the babies while they are still in the womb,” Dr. Desislava said.   

Babies who were younger than 24 weeks’ gestation (or under 500g) had low survival rates. However, the longer the babies stay in the womb, the better chance of survival they have. This is where the fetal medicine center comes in, offering specialised, individualised care for the mother and the baby.
With advances in pregnancy and childbearing growing sharply, Fetal medicine is a perfect solution that focuses on managing the health concerns of the mother and fetus prior to, during, and shortly after pregnancy, especially those undergoing high-risk or problematic pregnancies.