Maternal Fetal Medicine

Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialists are RANZCOG certified obstetricians in maternal-fetal medicine with advanced training in high-risk obstetric practice. These are doctors who have extra training and qualifications in the management of very complicated pregnancies.

MFMs will have established expertise in assessing and managing:

  • All aspects of obstetric ultrasound
  • Complicated singleton pregnancies (eg intrauterine growth restriction, abnormalities of amniotic fluid volume, abnormal placental invasion)
  • Multiple pregnancies, with a special interest in monochorionic twinning
  • Preterm birth prediction (e.g. cervical length assessment, ultrasound review of cervical cerclage)
  • Fetal structural malformations and genetic syndromes; encompassing diagnosis, counselling and management options
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and management of abnormal/uncertain results
  • All aspects of fetal invasive testing (eg. CVS, amniocentesis)

All Maternal Fetal Medcine specialists are fully qualified and practicing obstetricians. They look after women before, during and after pregnancy, deliver babies and perform operations. In teaching hospitals like King Edward Memorial Hospital, MFM specialists often supervise the labour ward and run specialist antenatal clinics. They also play a role in teaching trainee obstetricians to safely manage pregnancy and birth. They do everything a normal obstetrician does, but have some additional skills and knowledge.

It is important to realise there are different types of obstetricians out there. Some obstetricians specialise in infertility, others in laparoscopic surgery or pelvic floor problems, while others mainly look after low-risk pregnancies. MFMs specialise in high-risk pregnancies.

For more information see ‘What is a Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist.’

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health Alert

As Medical Imaging is considered an essential service, we are opened this week. But as guided by WA Health, all patients and staff are required to wear a mask whilst in the practice. Patients will be scanned alone with no accompanying person; and provided access to multiple images. All gynaecological procedures will be cancelled for now.

Please reschedule your appointment, and DO NOT ENTER our facilities, if you:

Have returned from interstate or overseas travel in the last 14 days; OR
Have been in contact with someone who has returned from interstate or overseas travel; OR
Have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19; OR
Have a fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing, fatigue, or any cold/flu like symptoms.

If you fit this criteria, please self-isolate at home until the 15th day following travel or contact, even if you are feeling well. If you are showing respiratory or flu-like symptoms, telephone your doctor or hospital Emergency Department before presenting yourself. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call '000' and advise the operator you are in self quarantine because of COVID-19 risk.

Western Ultrasound for Women encourages all to download and activate the SafeWA app to improve contact tracing.

Western Ultrasound is committed to the risk mitigation of Coronavirus COVID-19 as one of our priorities for patient safety and quality of care.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes to regular operating hours. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience arising from measures we're taking for the safety of staff and patients.

COVID-19 Health Information Hotline: 1800 020 080 | Department of Health Health Warnings

Updated 1 February 2021