Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

The Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is a dynamic and growing academic division balancing excellence in teaching, clinical care, and research in the setting of a world-class university. The clinical obstetrical facilities for the University of Wisconsin Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are housed at Meriter Hospital, which is the primary site for UW high-risk obstetrics. The Center for Perinatal Care has been a joint program of the UW and Meriter Hospital for almost three decades, and provides services to a large number of patients from Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians train the next generation of physicians through UW Ob-Gyn’s ABOG-approved ob-gyn residency and Maternal-Fetal Medicine fellowship. Currently, the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) has seven faculty members and three fellows, and plans to continue to grow.

Our Clinical Program

Our clinical program offers the wide range of MFM services, including comprehensive management of high-risk pregnancies and a full complement of prenatal diagnostic services.

Center for Perinatal Care

The Center for Perinatal Care is a tertiary center for maternal and neonatal transports and provides intensive perinatal care for a full spectrum of medical conditions. The Diabetes in Pregnancy Program provides diabetes care and education from preconception to post-delivery. The Meriter Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has been recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education. A multidisciplinary-team approach is used for complex conditions affecting the mother and fetus. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Meriter Hospital is the University's exclusive tertiary-care unit for sick newborns. A full-complement of UW pediatric subspecialists, including pediatric surgeons, offers the comprehensive spectrum of care for these infants.

Our Prenatal Diagnosis

Our Prenatal Diagnosis unit is a state-of-the-art unit, the only facility in the region that is that is accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). In addition to the MFM subspecialists and fellows, the unit is staffed with 14 sonographers and four genetic counselors. We have three 3D/4D-capable diagnostic rooms. We can offer invasive diagnostic procedures including chorionic villus sampling, fetal blood sampling, and transfusion. We also provide first trimester screening, advanced targeted sonography, personalized preconception genetic risk assessments, genetic sonograms, genetic counseling, and teratogen information. Our specialists assess fetal well-being through fetal monitoring, fetal biophysical profiles, and Doppler assessment of maternal uterine, umbilical, and other fetal vessels. In collaboration with UW Pediatric Cardiology, fetal echocardiography services are also available.

Bailey, Hoppe co-author CHAP article in Green Journal

UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD, MS, is the lead author on a new article about the Chronic Hypertension and Pregnancy (CHAP) trial published in Obstetrics and Gynecology! Kara Hoppe, DO, MS, associate professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, is senior author on the article; co-authors inc... more

Grand Rounds: Bailey presents “To give or not to give: antenatal corticosteroids”

On October 5, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow Erin Bailey, MD, MS, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “To give or not to give: antenatal corticosteroids”.In the lecture, Bailey summarized the history of betamethasone (BMZ) administration in preterm birth; assessed the available literature on corticosteroid admi... more

Grand Rounds: Sampene, Adams present “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”

On August 10, 2023, UW Ob-Gyn Associate Professor and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Katherine Sampene, MD, presented the Grand Rounds lecture “Optimizing Contraceptive Counseling”. Jackie Adams, MD, MS, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Laura Berghahn, MD, private practice ... more