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Maternal-Fetal Medicine now affiliated with Penn

The Chester County Hospital has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania Health System for the provision of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM) services in West Chester. The agreement brings specialists from Penn's nationally-recognized Maternal-Fetal Medicine program to The Chester County Hospital to provide expert care for high-risk pregnancies. Maternal-Fetal Medicine physicians are obstetrician/gynecologists (Ob/Gyns) who have received specialized education and training to treat high-risk pregnancies and complications associated with pregnancy.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Chester County Hospital offers comprehensive services for pregnant women who may have significant medical conditions, fetal abnormalities and/or pregnancy complications. Women who have had a related complication during a previous pregnancy or who have a family history of inherited conditions or birth defects may also benefit from the Hospital's MFM Program.

Maternal-Fetal Medicine closely monitors high-risk pregnancies, taking the stress off of the patient, unborn child, and their family. According to Fran Doyle, R.N., Director of Maternal Child Services at The Chester County Hospital, this includes any complications that will affect the mother, the child or both. Doyle adds that the MFM affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania Health System complements the Hospital's Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - the only such unit in Chester County - where physicians of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are on staff full-time.

"Because of our expertise in obstetrics and neonatal medicine, high risk patients continue to seek out our services," explains Christina Ellis, M.D., Chair of Obstetrics/Gynecology at The Chester County Hospital. "Under the medical direction of Eileen Wang, M.D., women of Chester County now have full access to the University of Pennsylvania's board certified specialists in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a team of physicians specially trained to further support the needs of those who may experience a difficult pregnancy."

"Our affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania in Maternal-Fetal Medicine further complements the affiliation we enjoy with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in Neonatology and Pediatrics," states Hospital President and CEO Perry Pepper. "This addition coupled with our Level III NICU and our esteemed clinical team clearly sets us apart as being the most comprehensive program in the region for the provision of women and children services."

Maternal-Fetal Medicine services offered at the Hospital now include prenatal genetic screening, amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling, diabetes assessment and management, genetic counseling testing (such as non-stress tests), ultrasound and Doppler studies.

Last Updated: 7/20/2009