Maternity Services At NCH

Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Comprehensive Maternal-Fetal Medicine for high-risk mothers and babies

As an accredited Level III perinatal facility, NCH offers the latest in Maternal-Fetal Medicine for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians, or perinatologists, from NorthShore University HealthSystem work with attending OBs to provide the best care for high-risk mothers-to-be.

Private, comfortable antepartum rooms for high-risk mothers-to-be

  • Six private, comfortable labor and delivery rooms featuring large bathrooms and showers for mothers experiencing pre-term labor, illness or hospital bed rest.
  • Overnight accommodations for dad or support person.
  • Medical equipment is fully integrated into room designs, leaving space for in-room procedures.
  • Natural light, soothing colors and noise reduction based on studies of healing.
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy available for antepartum patients.

Perinatologists from NorthShore University HealthSystem on call 24/7

Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians from the Centers for Maternal and Fetal Health (CMFH) of the NorthShore University HealthSystem are located on-site and do rounds every day.

  • In the event of a high-risk condition, your attending physician may call a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist for a consult.
  • These specialists offer high-risk mothers at NCH a full spectrum of consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic services for both mother and fetus.

Maternal-fetal services include:


  • Basic obstetric ultrasound
  • Comprehensive obstetric ultrasound targeted for fetal birth defects
  • Ultrasound screening for fetal chromosomal abnormalities (such as Down syndrome)
  • Pulsed wave and color Doppler
  • 3-D and 4-D ultrasound
  • Rapid magnetic resonance imaging for fetal anomalies

Genetic screening

  • First trimester genetic screening
  • Genetic testing (chorionic villi sampling and amniocentesis)
  • Genetic counseling
  • Biophysical testing (non-stress testing and biophysical profile)

Fetal care

  • Fetal blood sampling and transfusion
  • Fetal shunt surgery
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine consultation

Newborn consultations

  • Neonatology consultation
  • Pediatric specialist consultations in cardiology, surgery, urology and neurosurgery
  • Perinatal family support
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