The Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) department at Mercyhealth is dedicated to providing patients and physicians with the latest and most advanced resources in prenatal diagnosis and therapy. State-of-the-art technology is available to help manage complicated pregnancies, while maintaining a warm, caring environment.
Highly skilled professionals
Mercyhealth has assembled a team of perinatologists who provide the highest quality of care to our patients. Together, they have years of advanced training caring for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies.
Our physicians are supported by exemplary staff. We have an AIUM-accredited ultrasound lab staffed with registered diagnostic sonographers, certified nurse midwives and registered nurses with advanced obstetric training, as well as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator.
High-risk perinatal unit
For mothers requiring hospitalization during pregnancy, Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue houses a high-risk perinatal unit. This 9-bed unit is designed to care for mothers who are experiencing complications during pregnancy in a nurturing environment. Our perinatologists, as well as specially-trained nurses, care for these patients.
Genetic counseling services
Genetic counseling specializes in helping expectant parents who are at an increased risk of having a child with a medical problem due to maternal age or an abnormal blood screening test; have a previous child with, or family history of, a birth defect, genetic disorder, chromosome abnormality, or mental retardation; have concerns about their pregnancy because of exposure to medications, alcohol, drugs, infection, radiation, or toxic substances; have experienced more than one miscarriage, a stillbirth or an infant death; are blood relatives; and are from an ethnic background known to have a higher incidence of a specific genetic disorder.
Neonatal and Maternal Transport Teams
Patients can be transported to Mercyhealth Hospital-Rockton Avenue with our 24-hour air and ground transport capabilities. Patients are transported for both maternal and fetal indications to the high-risk perinatal unit and the Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Our Maternal Transport Team consists of labor and delivery nurses who provide skilled maternal care under the collaborative direction of the maternal-fetal medicine physicians. Throughout the ambulance ground transport, the team is equipped not only to handle the needs of high-risk pregnancies but also closely monitor both mom and baby. Providing superior high-risk pregnancy care is our goal. Safe maternal transport is our top concern.
Our dedicated Neonatal Transport Team is equipped to handle the specialized needs of premature or critically ill newborns, both via ground and air travel. Once a NICU transport is requested, the transport nurse contacts the referring hospital to obtain more information about the patient, determines whether air or ground transport is most appropriate and prepares for departure. The team consists of registered nurses and registered respiratory therapists.
Perinatal consultative services
We offer pre-pregnancy/early pregnancy consultations for women who have significant obstetric history; history of fetal and/or neonatal complications; chronic maternal illnesses (diabetes, high blood pressure, lupus); multiple gestation; pregnancy exposures; and risk due to ethnic background.
We also offer late-pregnancy consultations for pre-term labor risk assessment; hydramnios; gestational diabetes; preeclampsia; suspected growth restriction; abnormal ultrasound findings; and external cephalic version.
Level III Regional Perinatal Center
Mercyhealth’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) department is part of the Northwest Illinois Regional Perinatal Center located at the Mercyhealth Hospital–Rockton Avenue, Rockford. Physicians also see patients in Janesville, WI.