Feto maternal Medicine

Assessment of foetal growth, maintenance foetal health as well as diagnosis of fetal illness is of prime importance during the period of pregnancy. Regular medical check-ups and standard screening tests help keep mother and baby healthy.

It also involves education and counselling about how to handle different aspects of Pregnancy .Prenatal medicine is the practice of caring for the baby during pregnancy.

Our specialised team of doctors at SHRC perform tests on the foetus to screen for health problems, preside over ultrasound examinations, and attempt to treat birth defects, disorders and infections. Facilities like 4D ultrasonography, amniocentesis etc helps in early detection and timely intervention helping delivery of a healthy baby

Foeto Maternal Medicine is the branch of obstetrics that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies.This is a subspecialty to obstetrics and gynecology mainly used for patients with high-risk pregnancies.

Maternal-fetal medicine specialists are obstetrician-gynecologists who undergo an additional specialised training in the assessment and management of high-risk pregnancies. As a result, they are able to take care of pregnant women who have special medical problems (e.g. heart or kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes, and thrombophilia), pregnant women who are at risk for pregnancy-related complications preterm labor, pre-eclampsia, and twin or triplet pregnancies), and pregnant women with foetuses at risk.

Our services include the following

Ultrasound scanning
  • Anomaly screening
  • Growth scans and foetal wellbeing
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • 4D ultrasonography
Invasive procedures
  • chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • amniocentesis
  • intrauterine blood transfusion
  • fetal shunt insertions
Diagnosis of genetic/chromosomal disorders
  • Downs syndrome
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassaemia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
Assessment of high-risk pregnancy
  • Biophysical profile
  • Doppler (fetal and uterine
Screening tests

A screening test does not tell you for sure whether or not the pregnancy is affected, but may help you to decide if you want to have a diagnostic test. These tests do not carry any risk to the pregnancy.Common screening test performed include

  • Combined test (11 to 14 weeks)
  • Detailed anomaly scan (20 to 24 weeks)
  • Doppler ultrasound (20 weeks onwards)
  • Triple tes
Diagnostic tests

These tests give a definite answer about whether or not there is a problem in the pregnancy. If an abnormality is detected, we will provide counselling, support and information so you can make an informed choice about your pregnancy. Common diagnostic tests performed include:

  • chorionic villus sampling (CVS)
  • amniocentesis.

High risk pregnancy care

What are the risk factors for a high-risk pregnancy?

Sometimes a high-risk pregnancy is the result of a medical condition present before pregnancy. In other cases, a medical condition that develops during pregnancy for either mom or baby causes a pregnancy to become high risk.

  • Advanced maternal age

    Pregnancy risks are higher for mothers age 35 and older.

  • Lifestyle choices

    Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs can put a pregnancy at risk.

  • Medical history

    A previouscaesarian-section, low birth weight baby or preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy).

  • Other risk factors include

    foetal genetic abnormalities, a family history of genetic disorders, a history of pregnancy loss or the death of a baby shortly after birth

  • Underlying conditions.

    Chronic diseases— such as diabetes, high blood pressure and epilepsy — increase pregnancy risks. Anemia, infections or an underlying mental health condition also can increase pregnancy risks.

  • Pregnancy complications

    Various complications that develop during pregnancy pose risks, such as problems with the uterus, cervix or placenta, or severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) Other concerns include excessive amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios) or too little amniotic fluid (oligohydramnios), restricted foetal growth and Rh (rhesus) sensitisation — a potentially serious condition that can occur when mothers blood group is Rh negative and baby's blood group is Rh positive.

  • Multiple pregnancy.

    Pregnancy risks are higher for women carrying twins or higher order multiples.

  • Overdue pregnancy

    You might face additional risks if your pregnancy continues too long beyond the due date.