The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Maternal Fetal Medicine team provides a special level of personalized prenatal care to women experiencing a high-risk pregnancy. On the team is a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) specialist, also called a perinatologist, who is an obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care of expectant mothers and their unborn babies, who may be at high risk for special health problems. Our specialists work hand-in-hand with your primary Ob/Gyn or serve as your primary care provider, depending on level of treatment that is needed during a high-risk pregnancy.
We provide patients with the highest level of individualized obstetrical care in central Ohio through leading-edge technology and an approach that incorporates the latest research findings. In addition to our physicians, our Maternal Fetal Medicine team includes sonographers, genetic counselors and specially trained nurses. Together, we work to ensure that both you and your baby receive the best possible care before, during and after delivery.
Because Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center serves as the leading—and largest—perinatal center for central and southeast Ohio, almost 800 patients are transferred into our care annually from area physicians and hospitals for treatment of high-risk medical and obstetrical complications.
Some of the factors that contribute to these patients’ high-risk pregnancies include being pregnant with multiples or of advanced maternal age, as well as having diabetes, high blood pressure, genetic conditions, a history of premature births or any condition in the mother or baby that requires high-risk care or fetal treatment.
Every patient in our care receives a personalized, compassionate and complete plan of care from diagnosis to delivery. We arrange all screenings and diagnostic procedures, and work with your Ob/Gyn to develop a birthing plan. Additionally, in advance of delivery, we will coordinate the plan for your baby’s care with our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the necessary pediatric specialists, including those from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Why Choose Ohio State?
For more than 30 years, our Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists have advanced the nation’s obstetrical care through innovations such as control of gestational diabetes, the identification of the only two risk markers for premature birth, the management of hypertension in pregnancy and advancements in in-utero fetal surgery.
As the area’s only comprehensive Maternal Fetal Medicine program that is also part of an academic medical center, you and your Ob/Gyn benefit from the latest research and the best practices, many of which were developed and refined at Ohio State. That lets us detect problems faster, intervene earlier, treat more effectively, and manage your and your baby’s care more efficiently. Our faculty is consistently recognized by U.S.News & World Report as Best Doctors, and three of Ohio’s four Top Doctors in Perinatology are members of our team. Our internationally and nationally recognized physicians are also the editors and contributors to the leading academic text books in obstetrics and gynecology that are being used to educate future physicians.
Research is a cornerstone of our practice. Patients are offered opportunities to participate in clinical trials and research studies that help answer the many questions impacting the practice of maternal fetal medicine. In addition to ongoing independent research in our own programs, we are a member of two national organizations that specialize in the study of pregnancy-related complications:
- The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) supports a network of 14 university hospitals in the United States that conduct research studies seeking to improve the health of mothers and babies.
- The North American Fetal Therapy Network (NAFTNet) comprises 20 hospitals in the United States and Canada that provide specialized fetal treatments which aim to improve the health of babies after birth.
When it comes to high-risk pregnancies and deliveries, we are prepared. Ohio State operates the largest Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nursery in central Ohio, giving you direct access to neonatologists and care teams that are highly- qualified to handle deliveries with special circumstances.
Additionally, we are a member of the Columbus Fetal Medicine Collaborative, a joint program between local hospitals and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This organization provides comprehensive care to families diagnosed with a fetal abnormality by specialists and specialized services from all participating institutions.
Thankfully, most pregnancies go smoothly and most babies are born healthy. However, if a complication in your pregnancy arises, the Ohio State Maternal Fetal Medicine team can help. We offer a variety of programs and clinics to meet your unique needs, including:
- Mark Landon, MD, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Edmund Funai, MD, division director of Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Stephen Thung, MD, associate director of Maternal Fetal Medicine
- David Colombo, MD
- Jay Iams, MD
- Wanjiku Musindi, MD
- Richard O’Shaughnessy, MD
- Mona Prasad, DO
- Britton Rink, MD
- Philip Samuels, MD
- Cynthia Shellhaas, MD
Ohio State’s Martha Morehouse Medical Plaza
2050 Kenny Road, 5th Floor Tower
Columbus, OH 43221
If you are a patient, and would like to schedule an appointment, call 614-293-2222 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.