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The Perinatal Center at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center is staffed by SLUCare maternal-fetal medicine physicians who can provide preconception counseling and evaluate and manage all aspects of complicated pregnancies. Our physicians offer expert diagnosis and treatment of all maternal medical and surgical complications including:

  • Advanced maternal age
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Cardiovascular and hypertensive disorders
  • Connective tissue diseases
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Infectious diseases
  • Neurologic disorders
  • Thromboembolism
  • Thyroid and other endocrine disorders

Physicians can also test for obstetrical complications, which may include:

  • Abnormal triple screen
  • Abruptio placenta
  • Amniotic fluid embolism
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Multi-fetal gestations
  • Placenta previa
  • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia
  • Preterm labor
  • Preterm premature rupture of membranes
  • Recurrent pregnancy losses

Pre-conception Counseling

SSM Maternity Care and Saint Louis University School of Medicine physician specialists offer pre-conception counseling to guide couples who are considering a pregnancy. Pre-conception counseling can help identify health and risk potentials before attempting to become pregnant. Couples considering a pregnancy may wish to schedule pre-conception counseling about three to six months prior to attempting conception. Counseling may identify issues that can be rectified before achieving conception, thereby reducing the risk for problems during pregnancy or for the child. The process can identify existing or emerging illnesses or disease, existing risks to the woman who may become pregnant, and potential risks to the fetus should the woman become pregnant. To learn more, call 314-977-7455.

Infertility Services

Couples who have difficulty conceiving may benefit from the infertility services of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Maternity Care. As many as 20 percent of couples experience difficulty conceiving a child. The causes of infertility can be equally attributed to males and females. Our infertility services include specially trained physicians who provide testing, counseling and a customized treatment plan to help achieve conception. To learn more, call 314-977-7455.