About the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The division of maternal-fetal medicine provides care for women with complicated pregnancies through consultation and referral.
We care for patients in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky while also reaching into Appalachia and throughout the state. Through our research, we provide insight into mechanism of disease and treatments in pregnancy. Finally, and of utmost importance, is our dedication to teaching as we instruct students, future primary care providers, obstetricians, and maternal-fetal medicine specialists. Our fellowship in maternal-fetal medicine is the only program in the state.
Telemedicine and Signature Programs
We engage in telemedicine with several sites across the state to increase access for those most in need of our services. We have several signature programs including our diabetes in pregnancy program located at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center and our substance use treatment program, the PATHways program, which provide multispecialty approaches for optimizing outcomes.
Maternal-fetal medicine coordinates research programming with several basic scientists within our department and across the UK College of Medicine, particularly the department of pediatrics division of neonatology and the department of microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics. The division conducts research on prevention of pre-term birth and pre-eclampsia, as well as perinatal exposure to tobacco and substance use disorders, and other initiatives. The division has recent extramural grant support in excess of $5 million dollars and is growing.
Two monthly, multi-disciplinary meetings enhance teamwork and communication across disciplines. The antepartum care conference addresses complex fetal cases, reviewing ultrasound findings, and fetal malformation sequences. The second conference provides a classic clinicopathologic approach to investigate outcomes. Additionally, fellows participate actively in the monthly Labor and Delivery Quality and Safety committee. This conference focuses on system issues to confronting care in one of the most dynamic services within UK HealthCare.