Maternal-Fetal Medicine

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Bringing a baby into the world is among the most beautiful and wonderful of human experiences, but it can often be accompanied by a fair amount of anxiety and health complications. In the hands of our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department, the expectant mother gets the guidance, the reassurance, and the sustaining medical support that makes pregnancy the joyous experience that it should be.

HackensackUMC Palisades Provides Comprehensive Care During Pregnancies

Approximately 30% of women experience a pregnancy-related complication before, during or after delivery.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department at HackensackUMC Palisades provides parents and their babies with comprehensive care during pregnancies.

Our Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department consists of a highly trained support staff including Board-certified perinatologists, high-risk nursing staff, sonographers with expertise in obstetrics, and an experienced administrative staff. The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department also features 3-dimensional (3-D) and 4-dimensional (4-D) ultrasound technology to deliver the best diagnostic information available.

The Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department provides:


  • Preconception
  • Perinatal
  • Genetic Counseling

Diagnostic evaluations

  • First trimester screening, which has a detection rate of 91% of Down's syndrome pregnancies at a 5% false positive rate, and a detection rate of 98%
  • Genetic ultrasound
  • Doppler velocimetry
  • Biophysical profiles
  • Nonstress testing
  • Amniocentesis
  • Ultrasound 3D and 4D capabilities
  • CVS

Genetic testing/counseling

Management of medical conditions, such as:

  • Preterm labor
  • Preeclampsia (toxemia)
  • Recurrent pregnancy loss
  • Multiple gestation
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Infectious diseases
  • Diabetes and other endocrine disorders
  • Kidney or gastrointestinal disease

Recommendations for fetal surgery and treatment when and if necessary

Education and support services

Maternal-Fetal Transport Program


HackensackUMC Palisades is the first hospital in the area to offer contingency screening for Down syndrome. This method for combining first and second trimester Down syndrome results offers high detection rates with lower false positive rates than traditional screens. Most women receive their results after the first trimester screen, with only a small percentage of women requiring additional testing.