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Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Every woman hopes for a healthy pregnancy, but sometimes there is a need for specialized care. Many women with high-risk pregnancies go on to deliver healthy babies. St. Francis is one of few hospitals in South Los Angeles with a dedicated high-risk pregnancy program. Our experience from treating 5,000 new patients every year helps you and your baby get the best possible care.

Highlights of Our Program


St. Francis has been caring for moms-to-be with high-risk pregnancies for more than 20 years. Our team includes perinatologists, obstetricians who specialize in diagnosing and caring for women with high-risk pregnancies. This depth of expertise helps us detect problems in their earliest phases so we can protect you and your baby from complications.

Early Detection of Medical Problems

Specialized care for high-risk pregnancies includes additional prenatal care visits and screening tests to catch problems in their earliest stages. Doing so helps us plan a safe delivery for nearly any diagnosis.

Trusted Community Partner

Nearly 100 area clinics call on St. Francis when they have a mom-to-be with a potentially high-risk pregnancy. We examine new patients and provide recommendations as quickly as possible.

Coordinated Care

We partner with other St. Francis physicians whenever necessary to help you have a seamless experience. For some moms-to-be, this coordination includes working with neurologists to treat seizures or with infectious disease experts to provide special care if you are HIV-positive. We are also in regular contact with physicians in our obstetrics department and neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to assure a safe childbirth experience for you and your baby. Learn more about obstetrics and our Level II NICU.

Comprehensive Prenatal Diagnosis Service

St. Francis is one of few programs in the community to earn the California Prenatal Screening Program (PNS) designation. This designation demonstrates our expertise in delivering comprehensive testing for genetic conditions such as Down syndrome and neural tube defects. We also connect you with genetic counselors who help you understand the test results and what they mean for your baby.

If you have any questions, please call 310-900-7912 to speak to someone at the Family Life Center.