Obstetrics Testing Unit
The Obstetrics Testing Unit provides high-risk pregnancy care for women, offering comprehensive diagnostic services and medical care for a full range of fetal abnormalities, maternal health concerns and complications of pregnancy.
Since 1984, Hennepin Healthcare's department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine has been providing high-risk pregnancy care for women in the five-state region. We offer comprehensive diagnostic services and medical care for a full range of fetal abnormalities, maternal health concerns and complications of pregnancy.
Patients must be referred by their obstetrician or primary care provider.
We collaborate with the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. This leads to excellent care for high-risk obstetric patients and premature or sick newborns.
Our staff members include board-certified maternal-fetal obstetricians, obstetrical nurses, genetic counselors, and specially trained ultrasound sonographers.
Our Medical Staff
Our doctors are obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine.
We also work closely with a network of medical specialists, including neonatologists, pediatric cardiologists, endocrinologists, neurologists, surgeons, and others.
We can help to manage or reduce possible complications for women who:
- are 35 years or older at the time of delivery
- have a disease such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma or lupus
- are carrying a baby with medical or physical abnormalities
- have suffered a previous pregnancy loss
- are at risk of delivering prematurely
- have been exposed to environmental toxins or potentially harmful medicines during pregnancy
- have a family history of genetic disease
- have a multiple pregnancy
- have a drug addiction
- have experienced problems with previous pregnancies.
- American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM) certification in obstetric ultrasound
- Nuchal Translucency Quality Review (NTQR) program credentialing for sonographers and physicians
- consultation before pregnancy for women who have experienced a previous high-risk pregnancy or have an existing condition that may put them at risk for a complicated pregnancy
- consultation, monitoring, and treatment of the mother's medical conditions or pregnancy complications
- detailed ultrasound
- advanced imaging technology, including three-dimensional (3D/4D) ultrasound
- other antepartum tests to determine fetal well-being, such as non-stress tests and biophysical profiles
- genetic testing and counseling, including 1st-trimester screening
- referral to obstetrical home health care programs for women who have diabetes, hypertension, and hyperemesis