Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists for High-risk Pregnancies

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High-risk pregnancies are those in which mom or baby is at risk for complications. Your pregnancy may be high-risk if:

  • You are under the age of 17 or over the age of 35 at the time of delivery
  • You have a chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease
  • You have a history of miscarriage or problems with previous pregnancies
  • You're carrying multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc.)

If your pregnancy is high-risk, your OB/GYN or midwife may refer you to a maternal-fetal medicine specialist (MFM). Your MFM doctor can:

  • Provide prenatal care
  • Help manage your existing health problems
  • Perform tests to check on baby's development
  • Identify birth defects
  • Manage labor and delivery

Your MFM doctor may manage your care directly or work in partnership with your obstetrician, midwife or family doctor. 

High Risk Pregnancy Classes Available Now

Are you pregnant with a high risk pregnancy? Do you have questions? Would you like to learn about what to expect and meet the experts who care for high risk pregnancies like yours?

We are here to help you. We are proud to offer a unique and comprehensive class for expecting moms experiencing a higher risk pregnancy. We have developed a series a classes covering:

  • What to expect in the first trimester, second trimester, and third trimester
  • What to expect if you are admitted for hospital care during your pregnancy
  • What to expect in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Any other questions you might have

In our series of classes we will look at additional care and safety steps during pregnancy for mothers with higher risk. Please feel free to bring a support person with you. The classes may be taken as a series or individually.

Who should attend?

This class is designed to provide more information to expectant mothers who have already been diagnosed with a higher risk pregnancy. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please check with your OB provider before registering. All information given at classes is for educational purposes and does not provide personal diagnosis or treatment plans.

What is the class about?

  • Class 1: Before conception and during the first trimester
  • Class 2: Care and concerns during the second and third trimesters
  • Class 3: What to expect if admitted to the hospital during your pregnancy
  • Class 4: An introduction to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, parenting a baby in the NICU

When are the classes?

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  

May 6, 2016
May 13, 2016
May 20, 2016
May 27, 2016

September 2, 2016
September 9, 2016
September 16, 2016
September 23, 2016

Where are the classes?

Sisters of Charity Hospital – Main Street Campus
The Marillac Room
1st Floor
2157 Main St.
Buffalo, NY  14214

How do I register?

Register for the class by calling HealthConnection at (716) 706-2112

Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialists Affiliated with Catholic Health

Jack R. Lawler, MD
Jack R. Lawler, MD
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Margaret P. McDonnell, MD
Margaret P. McDonnell, MD
Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Margaret P. McDonnell, MD
Margaret P. McDonnell, MD
Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology
Bruce D. Rodgers, MD
Bruce D. Rodgers, MD
Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Currently accepting new patients