Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

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Re : Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

Postby mnmom » Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:19 pm

Hi Sara, I am also from MN. I did see a peri with my last pregnancy, and he was located over an hour away. I spent a lot of time on the road, but it was worth it-both for my peace of mind, and the health of me and baby. You can email me through my profile if you would like more information! Take care.

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Re : Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

Postby kara » Wed Sep 16, 2009 01:49 pm

Your midwife can refer you. If she's not willing your general pcp can also refer you. There are more demanding ways of getting a referral, but I would try these options first.

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Re : Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

Postby amanda » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:41 am

I just had another suggestion.

I know that when I was pregnant my insurance had something called the "Having A Healthy Baby" program. It was a way for me to contact a nurse at the insurance company to obtain advice through or to get additional information from.

Maybe check to see if you have a similar option? If you don't I would still consider going straight to your insurance to ask them for the authorization or to help you obtain one. It's in their best interests to help you ensure that you have as healthy a pregnancy as possible.

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Re : Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

Postby alexa5 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:35 am

Sometimes you can also find them by going to your insurance website in the part that you seek a provider. They usually have specialty options to search for.

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Re : Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

Postby trish » Wed Sep 16, 2009 12:07 am

That site is what we recommend for finding a MFM specialist. A Perinatologist is another Dr. for higher risk pregnancies so that might be another term you could search for.

Whether you need a referal probably depends more on your insurance than on the Dr. or clinic. If you called they could likely tell you whether your plan needs a referral. Having had PE previously, it is wise to at least have a consult with a MFM & perhaps get a plan of care for the rest of your pregnancy. Good luck!

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Questions about maternal fetal medicine specialist

Postby saramomofmany » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:50 am

I am 27 weeks with baby #6, I was diagnosed with severe p.e. with baby #5(delivered with midwives at the hospital). This pregnancy I have still been seeing a midwife, and lots of people here are recommending me seeing a MFM Dr. at the very least for a consult. I found this website: www.smfm.org Does anyone know if what shows up on that search are probably the only MFM Drs in my state(Minnesota)? The closest one is an hour and a half away. Are there any other websites you know of for finding one? IS there any other term besides maternal fetal medicine specialist that I should look up? How do you go about getting an appt? Do you just call? I also need to try to find one that is in my network for insurance.

**UPDATE** I actually found a listing on my clinic's website of other Allina clinics and found the MFM Drs, but every single Dr. has "if your physician has referred you to our clinic call..." So what if your physician HASN'T referred you?? Does that mean you can only get in w/ a referral from your physician?



Thanks!! Sara


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