Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialists go above and beyond the call of OBGYN specialists. They are initially trained in obstetrics and gynecology. They then train deeply in the obstetrical, medical and surgical complications of pregnancy.
They understand the latest approaches in managing complex, high risk pregnancies. Our maternal-fetal medicine specialists work 24 hours for the mothers starting before conception and all the way through labor and delivery.
For Fetomaternal Medicine Specialist
Feto-maternal medicine deals with high-risk obstetrics including medical and surgical disorders of the pregnant women and fetus. Feto-maternal medicine specialists provide medical care/advice to:
- Pregnant women with preexisting medical condition e.g. hypertension, renal diseases, heart disease, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, blood disorders, autoimmune diseases etc.
- Women who develop medical complications during pregnancy e.g. pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, gestational diabetes, gestational liver disease, puerperal psychosis etc.
- Women seeking pre pregnancy advice on medical conditions in pregnancy
- Post partum acute conditions and give advice for long term health implications.
Feto-maternal medicine specialists also provide high level of expertise in preconception and prenatal screening, diagnosis and management of fetal conditions like fetal malformation, genetic diseases, fetal growth retardation, fetal hypoxia, hydrops foetalis, Rh-isoimmunization etc. These components are essential for improvement of maternal health and reduction of maternal morbidities and mortalities.
Objectives of this Specialty
- To identify high risk pregnancy
- To introduce newer facilities in management of high risk pregnancy
- To provide high level of expertise in the management of high-risk pregnancy
- To organize continuing post graduate training and education in this sub-speciality
- To improve the services of high-risk pregnant women
- To reduce maternal mortality and morbidity
- To reduce neonatal mortality and morbidity
- To reduce the number of handicapped babies
- To open a new horizon in research in post graduate teaching
- To improve knowledge, practice and teaching in this discipline
Governments of Bangladesh have held a long-standing commitment to improve maternal and child health. The MMR estimate from the BMMS 2016 is 196 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. In Bangladesh, the fourth Health, Population, and Nutrition Sector Programme (4th HPNSP) for 2017-2022 aims at a maternal mortality ratio (MMR) target of 121 per 100,000 live births by 2022. In Bangladesh 5-10% of the pregnant women are in the high-risk group. Facilities for risk identification and management can help most of the pregnant women to have safe delivery and consequently healthy babies.