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What is the clinical difference between maternal-fetal medicine and neonatal-perinatal medicine?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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In brief: Ob vs. neonatology.

Mfm is a subspecialty of obstetrics/gynecology and deals with both fetal and maternal pathology.
Perinatal/neonatal medicine is a descriptive term for both mfm and neonatologists (subspecialists of pediatrics).

In brief: Ob vs. neonatology.

Mfm is a subspecialty of obstetrics/gynecology and deals with both fetal and maternal pathology.
Perinatal/neonatal medicine is a descriptive term for both mfm and neonatologists (subspecialists of pediatrics).
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Dr. Carol Major
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: Perinatologist

A maternal fetal medicine specialist is a doctor who specializes in complicated pregnancies.
The pregnancy complications may be maternal in origin ( i.e. a mom with diabetes) or it could be fetal in origin ( i.e. a birth defect in the fetus) . A neonatal perinatal specialist is a doctor who specializes in taking care of high risk babies-- for example, premature babies or babies with anomalies.

In brief: Perinatologist

A maternal fetal medicine specialist is a doctor who specializes in complicated pregnancies.
The pregnancy complications may be maternal in origin ( i.e. a mom with diabetes) or it could be fetal in origin ( i.e. a birth defect in the fetus) . A neonatal perinatal specialist is a doctor who specializes in taking care of high risk babies-- for example, premature babies or babies with anomalies.
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