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The Women's Care Center at Covenant Children's Hospital

Maternal Fetal Medicine Center

The Women's Center at Covenant Children's Hospital’s Maternal Fetal Medicine Center is a referral service for high-risk pregnancies. Your pregnancy is considered high-risk if you have a medical disorder that complicates your pregnancy, or if you or your fetus develop a complication during the pregnancy. The Covenant MFM Center is staffed by Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) physician subspecialists (i.e. perinatologists) who are leaders in high-risk obstetric care and serve as consultants to general obstetricians. A MFM subspecialist is an obstetrician-gynecologist who has completed two-three years of additional formal education and clinical experience within a board approved fellowship program demonstrating competency in the diagnosis and treatment of women with complications in pregnancy. If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, your general obstetrician may refer you to the Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists to help manage your pregnancy. The health of both mother and baby are carefully assessed by our specialty trained staff. Our MFM physicians and nurses work closely with your general obstetrician to ensure the best outcome for your pregnancy.

The Covenant MFM staff are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of high-risk pregnancy conditions. In cases when the pregnancy is particularly complicated, or when very close pregnancy supervision is required, the staff can provide complete obstetrical care and delivery.

Our highly trained specialty staff consists of MFM physician subspecialists (i.e. perinatologists), certified registered nurses, genetic counselors, and registered dieticians who provide care with a personalized touch for high-risk pregnant women and their families.

The Women's Care Center at Covenant Children's Hospital's Maternal Fetal Medicine Center offers a wide range of prenatal diagnostic and consultative services including:

  • MFM physician consultations from preconception through delivery
  • Ultrasounds to assess for fetal anomalies
  • Antenatal screening for fetal chromosomal anomalies
  • Amniocentesis
  • Genetic counseling
  • Antepartum testing (nonstress tests and biophysical profiles)
  • Doppler studies
  • 4-D ultrasounds
  • Diabetes education and management
  • Nutritional education

Some examples of maternal and fetal conditions most commonly served include:

  • Multiple gestations (twins, triplets, quadruplets)
  • Fetal anomalies
  • History of fetal or genetic anomalies in a prior pregnancy
  • History of stillbirth
  • History of recurrent pregnancy loss
  • History of preterm birth or preterm labor
  • History of poor obstetrical outcome in a prior pregnancy
  • Cervical incompetence
  • History of cervical surgery
  • Advanced maternal age
  • IVF pregnancy
  • Diabetes (gestational diabetes, Type I, Type II)
  • Maternal thrombophilias (e.g. antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, Factor V Leiden, prothrombin gene mutation, MTHFR mutation carrier)
  • Lupus
  • Maternal hypertension
  • Maternal cardiac disease
  • Maternal lung disease
  • Maternal thyroid disease
  • History of blood clots

The MFM physicians work closely with the neonatologists and other pediatric subspecialists at Covenant Children’s Hospital. We value this partnership and are committed to providing the best care possible to ensure the best outcomes for you and your baby.

Meet our Doctors

Bill Atkinson, MD

Kay Hatton, NP

​Kevin Worley, MD

Perinatal Advisory Council

The Perinatal Advisory Council is a committee of Doctors, Nurses and Staff who work together to provide above and beyond care for our high-risk patients using excellent communication between all staff involved in a case and also with the family. Our goal is to offer patients the opportunity to meet and plan with every doctor and multiple areas of expertise that may be involved in that family’s delivery and care as support for either mom or baby. Our passionate team of high-risk specialists works to provide for our high-risk families by guiding them step-by-step through the often scary waters of high-risk pregnancy and delivery to reach the best possible outcome for that family.

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