Main menu (tertiary)
- Women's Health Services
- Pregnancy and Childbirth
- Patient Education
What is maternal-fetal medicine?
Maternal-fetal medicine, also called perinatology, is the specialty of obstetrics devoted to managing high-risk, complicated pregnancies.
Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock has a seven bed, high-risk antenatal unit staffed by labor and delivery registered nurses certified in fetal heart rate monitoring and newborn resuscitation, a dietician, certified lactation consultants and a Maternal Transport Team available 24-hours a day to transport high-risk obstetrical patients to Baptist Health by ambulance or MedFlight.
Why might I need a maternal-fetal medicine physician?
Women may be referred to a maternal-fetal medicine physician (or perinatologist) early in their pregnancy if they have a medical condition that puts them at risk for complications such as a history of premature delivery, pregnancy loss or multiple gestation (expecting two or more babies). They may also be seen for help with conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, lupus or another medical condition that would be affected by pregnancy or that may affect the pregnancy. A perinatologist may provide consultation to your obstetrician or may manage your pregnancy.
What support is offered?
SHARE Support Group
Hickingbotham Outpatient Center
Fourth Thursday every month
7:30 - 9pm
Meetings are free and parents, family members and close friends are encouraged to attend. Children are not encouraged to attend.
Dealing with Grief
Four Phases of Grieving Characteristics
Shock and Numbness
Searching and Yearning
Reorganization and Resolution