Maternal-fetal medicine - How can we practically connect the "m" to the "f"?

Moshe Hod*, Nicky Lieberman

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Abstract

Maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) is a multidisciplinary subspecialty dedicated to optimization of pregnancy and perinatal outcomes. MFM utilizes novel technologies for diagnostics and treatments in order to optimize obstetrical care and pregnancy outcome. Although defined as maternal and fetal medicine, originally aiming to equally address fetal and/or maternal issues, in reality the main focus of MFM has been shifted from improving maternal outcome and preventing maternal short- and long-term complications to improving fetal and neonatal outcome. In this article, we address the lack of communication between the two subspecialties and propose a resolution that will bridge the discrepancies by proposing to connect the leading hypotheses in MFM and in fetal medicine to those in maternal medicine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-283
Number of pages14
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2015

Keywords

  • diabetes in pregnancy
  • fetal origins of adult disease hypothesis
  • maternal fetal medicine
  • noncommunicable disease (NCD)
  • programming and imprinting in utero
  • the inverted pyramid of pregnancy care

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