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Maternal-Fetal Telemedicine Services

Women with obstetrical complications, or medical conditions that put them at risk of obstetrical complications, often have to travel great distances to see a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist. For many of these patients, a true face-to-face appointment isn't necessary.

Referring physicians and patients can decide to use UPMC's MFM teleservices, rather than a personal consultation in Pittsburgh.

UPMC MFM specialists can:

  • Collaborate with obstetricians and primary care physicians of at-risk, high-risk, or complicated obstetrical patients, before and during pregnancy
  • Provide consultations
  • Offer patient management recommendations
  • Triage patients to telemedicine consultation, if appropriate, based on their condition

How Maternal-Fetal Telemedicine Works

Via telemedicine, the MFM specialist at UPMC:

  • Receives and reviews the patient's records from the referring provider's office
  • Outlines recommendations for ongoing management of the patient’s care
  • Sends the recommendations to the referring physician, who continues to manage the patient’s care in the local community
  • Performs follow-up consultations, if necessary

Benefits of Maternal-Fetal Telemedicine

Telemedicine gives women outside of Pittsburgh easier and earlier access to UPMC MFM specialists.

These early interventions can help:

  • Prevent progression of obstetrical complications during pregnancy
  • Increase the likelihood of delivering at the local hospital with the primary ob-gyn

Candidates for Maternal-Fetal Telemedicine

Ideal candidates for telemedicine consultations with UPMC MFM specialists include women:

  • With known medical problems in pregnancy, such as:
    • Seizure disorders
    • Clotting disorders
    • Thyroid disease
    • Chronic hypertension
    • Gestational diabetes who require medication for adequate control of blood glucose levels
  • Seeking preconception counseling due to poor obstetrical history or pregnancy-related medical problems
  • Seeking consultation regarding recurrent pregnancy loss

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