High-Risk Pregnancy

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

For some women, routine prenatal care is not enough to ensure the health and safety of both mother and baby. Aurora’s maternal-fetal medicine services offer access to the latest diagnostic testing and monitoring of both of your conditions. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists are experts in the latest technology and advanced approaches in high-risk pregnancy management and care.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Services

  • Pregnancy or pre-pregnancy consultation: pregnancy planning for women with medical complications, such as diabetes, chronic hypertension, renal disease, or previous history of poor reproductive/pregnancy outcomes
  • Consultation on management of pregnancies complicated by obstetrical or surgical conditions
  • First trimester screenings, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis

Genetic counseling:

  • Evaluation for potential parents who are older (mothers over 35)
  • Evaluation of potential parents who already have children or family members with a genetic problem or birth defect
  • Evaluation of high-risk pregnancies that have been detected through prenatal blood tests and/or ultrasound

Genetic testing:

  • First trimester screening: Our ultrasound technologists are certified in first trimester screenings that provide an earlier and more accurate diagnosis of certain chromosomal disorders 
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS): We offer chorionic villus sampling (CVS) to test for chromosomal abnormalities. During CVS, a sample of the tiny fingerlike growths found in the placenta are taken for biopsy. This ultrsound-guided procedure is generally done during the first three months of pregnancy, most often between the eleventh and thirteenth weeks, or five to six weeks earlier than amniocentesis. CVS is used to detect such family diseases as Tay-Sachs disease, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis and hemophilia. It also can be used to find chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome
  • Amniocentesis: a test that is similar to CVS because it is used to identify chromosomal abnormalities, inherited conditions and some birth defects. Amniocentesis is typically done later in pregnancy—after  the fifteenth week

Obstetrical ultrasound:

  • First trimester screening for birth defects through early ultrasound
  • Second trimester detailed sonography to screen for birth defects
  • Third trimester screening of fetal size, fluid volume and placental flow

Antenatal testing: 

  • Non-stress testing to monitor your baby's heart rate
  • Biophysical profile to determine fetal well-being
  • Amniotic fluid assessment to measure the amount of fluid that surrounds your baby

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists

Jacqueline Muhammad, MD
Edward Hayes, MD

Ricardo Mastrolia, MD
David Merrill, MD
Thomas Wigton, MD

Aurora's maternal-fetal medicine locations include:

Grafton: Birthing Center
Green Bay: Women's Center
Kenosha: Family Birth Center
Manitowoc County: Women's Health Department
Milwaukee: Birthing Center
Oshkosh: Birthing Center
Summit: Birthing Center
West Allis: Birthing Center at the Women's Pavilion