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Specialty Programs at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

At Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, part of Allina Health, we offer compassionate, coordinated, expert care that includes a variety of programs to provide the highest level of obstetrical care to patients with specific, high-risk needs related to maternal health, pregnancy complications and fetal abnormalities.

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Cardiovascular Obstetric Program

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians and Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute’s Cardiovascular Obstetric Program delivers specialized care for women with pre-existing cardiovascular conditions or those at high-risk for cardiovascular complications during and/or after pregnancy.                

As part of the program, a multidisciplinary care team provides preconception counseling, risk stratification, prenatal care, development of a collaborative individualized pregnancy and birth plan, as well as coordinated postpartum care. Our multidisciplinary inpatient care team manages the cardiovascular obstetric patients needing the highest level of care around the time of delivery. Specialized care in our postpartum hypertension clinic facilitates optimizing monitoring and evaluation as an outpatient.

Learn more about the Cardiovascular Obstetric Program

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Diabetes and Pregnancy Program

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians' Diabetes and Pregnancy program supports patients as they navigate pregnancy with diabetes. Our multidisciplinary team includes maternal-fetal medicine specialists, advanced practice RNs, registered nurses, RN care coordinators, diabetic educators, and licensed social workers to work collaboratively to provide personalized support resulting in optimal glucose levels from pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy and—for some—after pregnancy.

Working closely to individualize care, together we seek to reduce risks associated from diabetes for both the patient and the fetus. Many risks can be reduced with tight glucose control by providing education and resources that gives women tools for healthy lifestyle and health monitoring. Our team’s expertise is here for you as we seek to improve and enhance pregnancy and lifelong outcomes.

Genetic Program

If you have a genetic disorder or chromosome abnormality and are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, our genetic program provides specialized care from a team of providers that includes maternal-fetal medicine/genetic physicians, genetic counselors and nurse care coordinators.

The genetic program can also provide care for women experiencing a pregnancy that is suspected to have or be diagnosed with a genetic condition. Learn more

Maternal Obstetric Medicine Surgical subspecialty clinic

If you have complex maternal medical conditions or advanced surgical needs during pregnancy, you may receive care through our Maternal Obstetric Medicine Surgical subspecialty clinic. We offer care for pregnant women who have or have experienced the following. Learn more about the Maternal Obstetric Medicine Surgical subspecialty clinic.

  • autoimmune disorders
  • GI/Hepatobiliary compromise
  • hematologic disorders
  • increased BMI (≥ 50)
  • morbidly adherent placenta
  • nephrology concerns
  • neurological conditions – complex epilepsy; Para/quadriplegic syndromes
  • cancer diagnosis
  • chronic health issues including hypertension and pulmonary conditions
  • rheumatology concerns
  • thromboembolic history with need for therapeutic anticoagulation

Midwest Fetal Care Center

Midwest Fetal Care Center, a collaboration between Children's Minnesota and Allina Health, offers mothers with a high-risk pregnancy and babies with complex health needs a continuum of care that is among the best in the nation. From evaluation and diagnosis to fetal surgery and follow-up care, our fetal program offers mothers and babies all the experts and technology they will need in one convenient location. Learn more about the Midwest Fetal Care Center.

Midwest Fetal Care Center brings together a team of highly trained experts in maternal-fetal medicine from Minnesota Perinatal Physicians and pediatric care that will support you and your baby every step of the way, from diagnosis to recovery.

  • utilizes the latest technology and treatments to provide state-of-the-art services such as in-utero fetoscopy
  • active in national organizations that guide practice and contribute to ongoing research and data collection
  • first and largest advanced fetal care program in the Upper Midwest

Obstetric Intensive Care Program

Our Obstetric Intensive Care (OB ICU) program, located at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, provides a unique resource for the greater Upper Midwest community, ensuring that the most critical maternal patients receive the best care. It is one of a few obstetric intensive care programs in the nation and dedicated to critical care of obstetric patients.

Our program is a collaboration between Minnesota Perinatal Physicians and Abbott Northwestern Hospital intensivists, both part of Allina Health, as well as pediatric surgery and neonatal specialists with Children’s Minnesota.

The program coordinates a multidisciplinary team to optimize care for these most critical maternal patients through collaborative planning before and during admission. The program also provides ongoing process improvement and focuses on understanding what makes the pregnant patient unique. The integration of critical care and labor staffing in the discussion of process, as well as the hands-on care of the patient, ensures optimal care for mom and her unborn baby/babies.

Our integrated team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), critical care physicians, cardiologists, as well as the full range of adult medical and surgical specialists, individualize the care for each patient. When delivery is necessary, the highly skilled, neonatal team from Children's Minnesota attends and assumes care of the newborn.

Conditions treated include:

  • corrected/acquired maternal congenital heart disease
  • endocrine emergencies, such as diabetic ketoacidosis, thyroid storm and adrenal crisis
  • acute and chronic hypertensive disorders
  • pre-eclampsia
  • diabetes
  • severe infections, including sepsis, septic shock and multisystem organ failure
  • complex management of the morbidly adherent placenta
  • cancer emergencies complicating pregnancy
  • brain emergencies
  • acute, chronic and end-stage kidney disease
  • amniotic fluid embolism and pulmonary thromboembolism
  • severe allergic reactions and anaphylaxis
  • severe heart and lung failure requiring extracorporeal life support/ECMO
  • substance use and complicated chemical dependency and withdrawal

OB ICU Program Care Team

The care team with our OB ICU program is available 24/7 and includes:

  • Intensivist physicians
  • Maternal fetal medicine specialists with critical care and surgical expertise
  • Invasive and non-invasive cardiology, including acute/chronic heart failure team
  • Critical care and obstetric nurses working side-by-side
  • State-of-the-art facilities with advanced maternal/fetal technology and monitoring

24/7 One-call transfer

A patient can be transferred to the OB ICU program 24 hours a day by calling 612-863-1000.

Placenta Accreta Spectrum Center of Excellence

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians delivers specialized care for women with placenta accreta spectrum disorders (PASD). Our program provides a multidisciplinary care team approach, which includes diagnostics, extensive counseling, risk stratification, prenatal care and development of a collaborative evidence based individualized pregnancy and birth plan.

We partner with our multidisciplinary inpatient care team including anesthesia, urology, interventional radiology and intensivists to manage patients needing the highest level of care at any time during the pregnancy and at the time of delivery.

Minnesota Perinatal Physicians is an institutional member of the Pan-American Society for Placenta Accreta Spectrum (PAS2) with focus on clinical expertise, advocacy, education and research.

Learn more about the Placenta Accreta Spectrum Center of Excellence.

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